Whiplash claims

Whiplash claim solicitors

For getting your life back on track

No matter how carefully you drive, there is always a risk of being caught in an accident caused by someone else. One of the most common results of a car accident is a whiplash injury, which can affect both drivers and passengers. These injuries range from minor to severe and can have a serious impact on your life.

When you’re injured because of someone else’s mistake, you’re entitled to claim for compensation. Some people who suffer minor whiplash injuries feel like it isn’t worth making a compensation claim, but this is not true. Working with the right solicitors, the process can be very easy and stress-free.

The team at Switalskis has a strong track record in making claims for whiplash. We know that every situation is different, and we’ll tailor our services to meet your individual needs.

To see if you are eligible for whiplash compensation, please call our Switalskis team on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

Switalskis will start by listening to your situation to make sure that our strategy for your claim meets your needs.

We’ll take a thorough approach to building your case, collecting the evidence we need to prove beyond doubt that the other party was responsible for your injury. We’ll use this as the basis for your claim, in order to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you following your injury.

Choosing the right solicitor is vital when making a personal injury claim. With Switalskis, you’ll have a team that is committed to pursuing your case to the end, and communicating with you at every step of the journey. We’ll take on as much of the responsibility for your claim as possible to give you more time to focus on your recovery.

To start the process of making a whiplash claim, call Switalskis on 0800 138 0458

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Am I eligible to make a whiplash claim?

There are two things that we must prove when we make a claim for whiplash compensation. The first is that you were injured - usually, we’ll use your medical records and evidence from doctors or other professionals to prove this.

The second is that the accident that caused your injury was someone else’s fault. This can be more difficult to prove, but Switalskis will take a thorough approach to building a strong case and demonstrating your right to compensation. We’ll use statements from eyewitnesses to the accident, dashcam or CCTV footage, and other sources of evidence to prove that the other party was liable for the accident.

All of this can be difficult to determine so the best way to find out if you can make a whiplash claim is to speak to the team at Switalskis. We’ll discuss your circumstances, let you know whether we think you’re eligible for whiplash injury compensation, and then advise you on the next steps.

How much is compensation for whiplash?

The amount of compensation you could receive for whiplash depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your injury and the financial costs you have experienced as a result.

However, we can explain how the compensation is calculated, which will give you some idea of how much your claim may be worth. Compensation is generally divided into general damages and special damages: 

  • General damages compensate for the actual injuries sustained and their effects on your life. This includes any pain and suffering, and if you’re unable to participate in activities you previously enjoyed, this will also be taken into account.
  • Special damages are designed to make up for any financial losses you experienced as a result of your whiplash injury. For example, if you needed physiotherapy or had to travel to medical appointments, special damages will cover these costs. If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, special damages can be used to pay for repairs.

We are thorough and take into account all of the factors listed above when calculating a suitable whiplash claim amount for you. Switalskis’ solicitors will always strive to secure the maximum amount of compensation that you’re entitled to, to support your recovery and prevent you from losing money due to an accident caused by someone else.

How long does a whiplash claim take?

A whiplash compensation claim can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to reach its conclusion. This depends on whether the defendant admits their liability, whether the case has to go to court, and how long it takes to negotiate a fair compensation amount. It can also depend on the severity of your injuries. While every claim for whiplash compensation is different, the process is usually essentially the same.

Step 1: Initial consultation

During this initial consultation, we’ll listen to your story, understand your concerns and explain whether we think you have a strong case. If we decide to proceed, we can then discuss the next steps and explain your options in terms of funding.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We’ll start gathering the evidence to build a strong case for you. This will usually include your medical records, and we may arrange for an assessment by an independent medical expert who can provide an unbiased view of your injuries and future prognosis. We’ll ask you for photographs, receipts and any other documents that may support your claim, and take a detailed witness statement to tell your version of events. Our aim is to identify who was responsible for your accident and consider the potential value of the claim.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we have supportive evidence, we’ll send a letter of claim to the person we think was responsible, or their insurance company. This will outline details of the claim and state allegations.

Step 4: Negotiation

If the defendant accepts liability, we will begin to negotiate with them over the compensation. In other cases, they may deny liability. At that stage, the case will progress to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

Should court proceedings need to be issued, we will support and guide you through the process and in the rare instances that a case goes to trial, you can trust us to represent. We’ll remain steadfast in our commitment to securing the maximum amount of compensation that you’re entitled to claim.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

When your case reaches a successful conclusion, you’ll receive your compensation.

Switalskis’ team prioritises strong communication and we offer our clients regular updates. That way, you’ll always know how much progress we’ve made on your case, what the next steps will be.

Our whiplash claim specialists

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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Maria DallasChartered Legal Executive
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Gillian WardSenior Associate Legal Executive
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Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Does it cost money to make a whiplash claim?

At Switalskis, we want to make sure that everyone can make a claim when they are entitled to do so, regardless of their financial situation. Thankfully, there are several ways to fund a claim that allows you to minimise the financial risk you would otherwise face, and make it possible for everyone to claim without worrying about what might happen if they lose.

  • No win, no fee agreements: also known as conditional fee agreements (CFAs), no win, no fee arrangements are the most common way to fund a whiplash claim. Under a no win, no fee agreement, you won’t need to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. If you win your case, a percentage of your compensation is used to contribute to our fees. We’ll discuss the percentage with you at the start of the claim to avoid any surprises at the end of your claim.
  • Legal expenses insurance: in some circumstances, people have legal expenses cover as part of their home or car insurance policies that can be used to fund a whiplash claim. We’ll assist you in understanding your policy and liaise with your insurer if this applies to you.

When you call us, we’ll talk about your situation and go through these options with you to help you decide on the best path forward for your claim.

Why Switalskis?

Though claiming compensation might not be your first thought following an accident, making a claim can help you in more ways than you think. At Switalskis, our expert and compassionate solicitors will work on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.

Clarity in complexity

Legal terminology can be confusing. Our aim is to explain things in a clear and manageable way. Your solicitor will stay in touch throughout the process and answer any questions, so you’ll always know what’s going on with your case.

Empathy at every step

A cycling accident can be scary, regardless of the injuries sustained. It can give you anxiety about getting back on the road, and make you suddenly lose a sense of freedom. We know how that feels. We’re not just here to provide legal advice - we’ll support you in whatever ways we can and be a shoulder to lean on at a difficult time.

Expertise you can trust

Every member of our team is an expert in personal injury claims. Our high success rate and significant degree of experience demonstrate our expertise. To us, that’s vital. When pursuing a compensation claim that could make a difference to your life, working with experts can give you the reassurance that you’ve got the highest chances of success. We’ll always do everything we can to achieve the best result possible for you.

Championing your rights

Making a compensation claim can help to shed light on risk and prevent other people from facing similar experiences. It’s not just about compensation. It’s about making your voice heard and demanding accountability from those who were responsible for your injuries. As your legal team, Switalskis will amplify your voice and make sure you make yourself heard during this process.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Switalskis is the go-to firm for cycle accident claims. A compensation claim may seem daunting, but with help and support from a trusted legal partner, it doesn’t have to be.

Call us today on 0800 1380 458 or contact us through the website to start discussing your claim with a personal injury expert.

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