Car accident personal injury claims are one of the most common types of road motor vehicle accident injury compensation claims in Western Australia. In 2015, approximately A$422 million was reported as crash related costs by Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA), over 13,000 recorded crashes. Not all the car crashes have life threatening consequences, however, a seemly “harmless” whiplash injury may have life altering effect to many injured people. It is important for car accident whiplash injury victims to understand the full extent of your injury and its future impact before setting your injury claim.
A Whiplash Injury is Common in Car Accidents
Whiplash is one of the most common type of car accident injuries. Symptoms of whiplash can occur immediately after a car crash, or can occur in the days immediately following it. The degree to which people experience pain and suffering as a result of a whiplash injury varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the car accident, the age of the injured person, the circumstance in which the motor vehicle accident occurs, previous injury history and more.
“What sort of payout can I expect for whiplash claims” is the most common questions for people who have made a whiplash compensation claim. The answer to the whiplash compensation payout question depends on your whiplash symptoms, the impact on you, your whiplash compensation payout entitlement, and the legal process.
Not all Whiplash Symptoms are Easily Noticeable
Typical symptoms of whiplash may include headaches, dizziness, neck pain, shoulder and back pains, numbness and weakness including pins and needles, visual disturbance, ringing ears, nausea, drowsiness or confusion, and more. Cognitive symptoms in general, take longer to manifest. Typical symptoms of cognitive complaints after a whiplash injury may include complaints of forgetfulness, poor concentration, becoming easily distracted compared to the pre-injury state, and increased irritability. Physical symptoms of whiplash injury often easier to detect, and the cognitive symptoms can often go unnoticed until it starts to have a significant impact on whiplash injury victim’s daily life. By then, the statutory expiration period may have passed. The statutory limitation period for most personal injury claims is 3 years from the date of the motor vehicle accident.
Whiplash Injury Can have impact on your work and your enjoyment of life
In most of whiplash injuries, treatment often involves pain management through analgesia and allied medical treatments such as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. The treatment time is often hard to predict due to the individual differences in the injuries. In the case of several and persistent symptoms, it could make it difficult to carry on daily actives at work or at home. When the loss of normal enjoyment of life and ability to perform employed duty occurs, it may lead to further complications like anxiety or depression. At Foyle Legal, we have seen sedentary office workers who suffered what it appears to be minor whiplash, but it results in inability to perform prolonged sedentary work due to the whiplash caused back and sprain injuries. There also cases, whereby the increased irritability post the injury results in strains on relationships at home, and at work.
What Whiplash Compensation I can claim?
If you have made a motor vehicle accident compensation claim, typically you can claim your medical expenses, travel expenses, losses of income, pain and suffering and future losses. It is important that you seek legal advice before settling your injury claim to ensure that you are getting the best payout possible for your claim.
Typical Whiplash Compensation Payout
What sort of payout can I expect for whiplash? It depends on the expenses and losses incurred to you. To maximise the amount of your whiplash compensation payout, you will need to understand the full extent of your injury both physical symptoms, physiological and cognitive symptoms if any. We strongly suggest any sufferers of whiplash injury to seek expert legal advice for your car accident injury claim. At Foyle Legal, your first telephone discussion is free.
A simple whiplash compensation average payout calculator often does not provide an accurate prediction of your whiplash compensation payout because it doesn’t take into consideration of factors that subject to negotiation. The downside of using a personal injury compensation payout calculator is that it may mislead injured people.
If you have made a whiplash injury claim, the best way to estimate your whiplash compensation payout is to contact an expert personal injury lawyer who is specialised in motor vehicle accident injury compensation.
If you have made a motor vehicle accident injury compensation claim, Foyle Legal can help you to understand your personal injury compensation entitlement on obligation free basis. For more information about frequently asked MVA claim question, please visit Foyle Legal Motor Injury Claim FAQ page.