How to reduce whiplash injuries
If you fail to wear a seatbelt when you are driving or are a passenger and are subsequently involved in a car accident, this failure could reduce the value of your compensation claim. The reason for this is simple; ultimately wearing a seatbelt should reduce the chances of you sustaining a severe injury. If you fail to wear a seatbelt you are more likely to collide with items in the car such as the steering wheel or if in the rear, the seat in front of you which can ultimately cause damage to your head or face. These injuries would not have occurred had you been wearing a seatbelt. It may not invalidate your whiplash claim completely, but it does mean that there may indeed be a reduction, normally in the region of 20% to 30% of the value of your whiplash injury claim, from your compensation for your pain and suffering.
Therefore, wearing a seatbelt at all times in the car will ensure that not only are you as safe as you can be when involved in an accident, but you will also receive all of your compensation in a whiplash claim.
What to do if you think you are suffering from a whiplash injury
As with all legal matters everything is a question of the quality of the evidence available in whiplash claims. You should bear in mind that it sometimes takes a week or more for pain from a whiplash injury to manifest itself. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, the evidence of you suffering is normally documented by you attending your G P complaining of the injury or your local A & E Department at the Hospital. If you decide not to attend either of these places then there will be no chain of evidence or documentation from the time of the accident to visiting a solicitor or claims company and complaining of your injury.
Attending your G P or A & E department will ensure that you receive the right treatment but also ensure that there is a chain of evidence leading from the date of the accident to your claim for compensation in any whiplash claims.