A guide on whiplash claims in Northern Ireland

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A guide on whiplash

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the name given to soft tissue injuries that result from a sudden jerk of the back and neck. It’s named after the snapping motion required to crack a whip. Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in car crashes and it is widely associated with road accidents in general.

There is a common misconception that whiplash isn’t all that bad. However, it varies in severity and symptoms can be quite excruciating at their worse. Recovery can take from weeks to years and on rare occasions, for the rest of your life.

What are some common symptoms of whiplash? 

The sudden jerk of the neck can result in several common symptoms. It can take several hours for the symptoms to manifest following an accident. According to the NHS, the most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain in shoulders and upper back
  • Headaches

Perception of whiplash claims in Belfast & Northern Ireland

There’s a common misconception in Northern Ireland that whiplash claims are inherently frivolous and are fuelling a culture of compensation. Several special interest groups and individuals fuel this rhetoric and there isn’t much basis in it. In fact, whiplash claims are decreasing year on year and have been for a while. Safety technology innovation has meant a slow but steady decline in the number of whiplash claims.

If you have suffered symptoms associated with whiplash following a road traffic collision, don’t allow yourself to be put off pursuing your right to compensation. Personal injury claims contribute to a fair and just society and if you were injured through no fault of your own, you deserve to be put back into the position you were in prior to the accident.

How much compensation could I get for a whiplash injury?

The level of compensation awarded in a whiplash claim depends on several factors. Too many to go into in this article. If you would like to know more about how whiplash claims are valued, read our blog entitled Whiplash: How much compensation could I get?

Whiplash claims & compensation solicitors

McCartan Turkington Breen specialises in whiplash compensation claims. If you have suffered from whiplash in the past three years, contact us for a free no-commitment consultation or visit Road Traffic Accident Claims.  


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