Your neck is an unprotected and fragile part of your body if you find yourself in a car accident. Being hit from virtually any angle, at any speed, can cause the need to bring a compensation claim for a neck injury. The severity can differ greatly from instant pain to pain that may develop weeks or months after the accident. Regardless of the severity, neck injuries can be serious and can have a devastating impact on your life.
A common term that is used to describe an injury to your neck, sustained in a car accident is whiplash. Many people believe you cannot or should not claim compensation for a whiplash injury due to it being perceived as a minor injury. Although this may be true in some cases, many can develop into more chronic neck injuries which can be debilitating.
We also find those with neck injuries develop shoulder (link to shoulder article) and or back (link to back article) injuries which are inextricably linked. You may then find yourself having to bring a claim for neck, shoulder and or back compensation.
No matter the level of injury and pain to your neck, we always suggest injured people contact a specialist personal injury, motor vehicle compensation or car accident lawyer to have your claim assessed. Never assume you are not entitled to be compensated, no matter how minor you think your injury may be.
Can I claim for neck injury compensation sustained in a car accident?
The short answer is yes. There are many different circumstances, situations and time constraints that may limit the ability to do this. However, as a general rule, if your neck is injured in a motor vehicle accident you should seek advice from a compensation lawyer immediately.
You may not even realise that you have injured your neck immediately during or after a car accident. Most people are in differing levels of shock, all of which can mask any neck pain or discomfort. Symptoms can also develop weeks or months after the accident. Whether your symptoms were masked by shock or developed later, you may still bring a neck injury compensation claim. It’s also important to be aware that a personal injury compensation claim should be made as soon as possible after the incident and within three (3) years of the incident. Claims outside the three (3) year period are typically difficult to win but the lawyers at Main Lawyers specialise in these limitations issues and may still be able to bring a claim on your behalf.
What are the compensation amounts that can be claimed?
A compensation lawyer at Main Lawyers will be able to assess the extent of the injury sustained and help develop a claim based on the findings.
In order to obtain an estimate of what you may receive, speak with one of our experienced compensation lawyers now.
What are the neck injury compensation claim amounts that can be claimed?
There are different levels of compensation depending on the category of the injury being minor, moderate and serious. It is difficult to provide you with an amount of how much you could receive for neck injury compensation as situations vary.
A qualified compensation lawyer at Main Lawyers will be able to assess the extent of your injury and develop a neck injury compensation claim based on those findings.
In order to obtain an estimate of what you may receive, speak with one of our experienced compensation lawyers now on 1800 314 761.
How do I make a car accident neck injury compensation claim?
If you receive an injury in a motor vehicle accident, there are certain steps that you must undertake before you can bring a claim.
Firstly, you must complete a car accident police report with the Police. Each driver is obligated to report an incident to the Police when an injury has occurred. In some cases, you may not know you are, or another person is injured so you can file a report after the incident date. View the following link from Queensland Police Service on how to report a motor vehicle accident to police.
Secondly, you must report the injury and incident to your doctor or GP. There must be a record of your injury and that the injury was a result of the accident. Once you have advised your GP of the injury you must have the doctor complete a motor vehicle accident medical certificate.
Thirdly, contact an experienced compensation lawyer. This is possibly the most important step because there are time limitations and forms that must be correctly completed. You will be required to complete and lodge a Notice of Accident Claim form (for non fatal injuries).
Although it is possible to do this yourself, we strongly recommend that you contact a lawyer before doing so. It is important that all details are completed correctly
Main Lawyers is here to help you through this process and to ensure your rights are protected. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers to have an obligation FREE consultation.