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Practical Advice for Understanding Whiplash Claims in Northern Ireland

The legal procedure of making a whiplash claim in Northern Ireland can be confusing. Most people have a lot of questions and don’t know where to start.  

Our solicitors have over 50 years of experience helping people in Belfast and across Northern Ireland make whiplash injury claims. We pooled together our combined experience to produce this practical advice for whiplash claims that we hope you’ll find useful.

What does whiplash look like? 

Whiplash injuries occur as a result of rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. According to the NHS, they are often associated with car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. 

Most Common Symptoms You Need To Know

The rapid movement of a neck backwards and forwards can be painful and result in a number of common symptoms, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain when moving your head
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Muscle spasms
  • Back pain

Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list. 

Just because you don’t initially feel symptoms, doesn’t mean they won’t appear days or weeks later. It’s important to speak to a doctor after your accident to ensure you’re okay.  

How Does An Average Whiplash Claim Work in Northern Ireland? 

Here’s what you need to know about making an average whiplash claim: 

  • Firstly, if the injury wasn’t your fault and occurred within the past 3 years, you can contact a personal injury solicitor to receive legal advice about making a whiplash claim. 
  • Secondly, your solicitor then gathers evidence like CCTV footage related to your accident and assesses your injuries by gathering medical evidence. 
  • Thirdly, once your injuries are assessed, your solicitors will establish the level of compensation you could receive. 
  • Fourthly, negotiations take place with an insurer to reach a reasonable settlement. Occasionally, the case may go to trial if liability is denied by the defendant.
  • Finally, you receive compensation for your injuries. 

Our solicitors are happy to answer any questions that you might have about whiplash injury claims. Please feel free to reach out by completing our online form or by visiting our whiplash injury solicitors in Belfast, Glengormley, and Carrickfergus. 

How much whiplash compensation can I claim for in Northern Ireland? 

The level of compensation you receive for your whiplash injury in Northern Ireland can range from £0 to £60,000. This depends entirely on the severity of the injury. 

Minor whiplash injuries | Up to £12,500

Symptoms can be moderate and recovery takes place within 2 years.  

Moderate whiplash injuries | £12,500 to £30,000 

Modern injuries are associated with a fairly protracted period of recovery.

Severe whiplash injuries | £30,000 to £60,000

Severe whiplash injuries result in serious limitation of movement, permanent recurring pain, as well as could require further surgery. 

More information about whiplash compensation and can be found on our website as well as in the Green Book

Who are the best whiplash claims solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland? 

Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors has been helping whiplash injury victims for over 50 years. We are here to offer you easy-to-understand legal advice in a friendly and professional manner. Let us show you why we’re the best-rated personal injury law firm in Northern Ireland on Trustpilot

If you have any questions about whiplash or this practical guide to whiplash claims, feel free to reach out to our whiplash injury solicitors and find out how we can help


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