Whiplash injuries of all magnitudes are extremely common in road accidents. In the UK, most of the payout in accident insurance goes toward whiplash compensation. In addition, several gangs of petty criminals are setting up fake accidents with fake witnesses to get benefits, which are also costing the government dearly.
This has led to the government being extremely strict about handing out whiplash compensation, requiring conclusive evidence of both the accident and injury. Therefore, even a genuine applicant will need to proffer a doctor’s report and legally acceptable proof that an accident has actually taken place.
Whiplash compensation companies, therefore, are in high demand, as they know how to present evidence in a way that convinces the courts to dole out the maximum possible compensation for the injury. Often, victims of accidents are not often aware of the benefits they are entitled to – such as compensation for inability to work etc. It is the job of the compensation company to find out the maximum number of heads of compensation that an applicant can be entitled to, to inform him/her of the same and to act accordingly.
Many whiplash compensation companies are exploiting their high demand and privileged positions, demanding high fees from their clients. These fees are absolutely unnecessary, as the government covers all legal expenses when the whiplash claim is placed. Therefore, having to pay out of the compensation received is nothing short of being cheated.
Be warned also of companies that will make you sign a contract on your first appointment with them, without giving you time to inspect it properly. Read every line of everything you are made to sign, without exception. Make sure that the terms of service are according to your advantage, and that you will not have to pay out of pocket if your compensation claim is rejected.
DO choose a whiplash compensation service which has patient and well-informed personnel, who give you all the details necessary about the process of compensation. The company may ask you to act fast, but this is only because a compensation claim should ideally be filed while a court-appointed doctor can still check for evidence of injury.
Also, your whiplash compensation service should be staffed by qualified whiplash solicitors, not just people who have developed their knowledge by experience. Certificates of qualified solicitors are always displayed prominently in front of their chambers, so look out for the sign of an LLB.
A successful whiplash compensation claim takes place when a number of conditions are fulfilled. Namely:
-The victim gets adequately compensated for all expenses incurred due to treatment, damages and loss of working time.
-The compensation service demands no money other than that paid by the government to cover legal costs
-The victim comes away feeling that he/she has got the best possible deal.
While the whiplash compensation service sector is full of frauds, there are also a large number of genuine services. They will make sure that you end up none the poorer after a whiplash injury.