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Whiplash Recovery

The symptoms of whiplash may occur because of a sudden jerk of head in a sideway, forward or backward direction. Whilst it is one of the most common road accidents caused due to sudden collision, the injury may also occur during accidents at sporting activities, at work or even at slips. The most common symptoms of the injury include headache, pain in neck, stiffening of muscles, pain in shoulders and heavy tingling sensation in the arms. This injury is likely to cause damage to the nerves and disks, and the injured person needs to seek immediate medical attention after the accident. It has been estimated that about 20% of people who are hit by another vehicle in the rear suffer from the symptoms of whiplash. The most common symptom of whiplash is restricted movement of neck due to severe discomfort and pain in the neck. In order to relieve this, doctors often recommend the patient to wear a neck collar for assisting recovery. While some people recover from the whiplash injury within 3 months, whiplash recovery may even take a period of 2 years and more, thus affecting the daily routine of people significantly. In extreme cases, patients may even want to visit a physiotherapist or a chiropractor for easing out the pain.

After all, whiplash is painful and troublesome; therefore, the injured person must be accordingly compensated. The injured person is entitled to get compensation for two kinds of damages, general damages and special damages. General damages include the actual damage, like the physical suffering and pain, which are direct results of the accident that the person had. Emotional pain, loss of enjoyment and psychological disorders like depression may also be included in the compensation claim for general damages. The sum of compensation for general damages depends upon the extent of whiplash injury, the emotional state of the injured person, the set guidelines and the details of the medical report that has been submitted in the court. Special damages include loss of income, car hire expenses and medical attention that were needed during the process of whiplash recovery. In order to get a compensation for special damages, the injured person needs to keep a track of the payments that are made and also to keep their receipts, if possible.

In order to find out what are the rights of the injured party in case of a whiplash injury, it is better to consult a personal injury lawyer or solicitor, so that the legal rights of the people are secured to them.

Food Poisoning
Mr W was involved in a food poisoning incident at a Dinner Dance. Cooks obtained an admission of liability swiftly from the hosts. Mr W’s symptoms did not settle, he required surgery and Cooks referred him to a Gastrointestinal Consultant to provide a final diagnosis. On receipt of this Mr W agreed an out of Court settlement of £20,000.00
"At first the Doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me, but Cooks never gave up and in the end I received a correct diagnosis, the appropriate treatment and a cheque for far more than I had expected."
Mr W of Kent

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case