Whiplash: How Much is a Claim Worth?


The term whiplash is usually used for a condition that occurred in a rear end accident. It is referred to as a neck strain that occurs due to a sudden blow or continuous jerking of the head due to an accident. This usually causes damage and rupturing of your muscles in the neck. Usually, a Whiplash injury can be solved by cold compression and by rest for a few weeks. You can claim compensation for this injury, but the amount will vary according to the condition. Minor Whiplash injury is not entitled to compensation in Florida courts. However, the victim can make a claim depending on how they have been damaged due to the injury.

Symptoms of Whiplash Surgery

Whiplash symptoms can differ with every person depending on factors that have caused the injury. Most commonly, these symptoms include the following; –

  • Pain in neck and stiffness
  • Headache, dizziness, and insomnia
  • Inability to move neck properly
  • Lower back pain
  • Immobility of shoulders
  • Headaches beginning from the lower part of the skull which spreads to the forehead.

Whiplash Injury Compensation from Third Party

A Whiplash injury claim caused by a third party comprises of General Damages and Special Damages.  The first type of claim can cover damages like pain and the injury causing any other hindrance to your daily activities. Special Damages cover any money spent on treatment and any other financial losses caused by the injury.

General Damages can be calculated according to the degree of injury caused whereas Special damages are disputable. It is better if you contact a lawyer who specializes in Whiplash injuries as he will know how you should act on your claim. Whiplash surgeries are usually classified as normal and they can heal in 4-5 weeks and most people fully recover in three months. In that case, compensation amounts range between $1,000 and $5,000.  In case of chronic problems, the claim ranges between $5,000 to $8,700. In other serious conditions such as damage to spine or neck causing persistent pain, the compensation goes as high as $95,000. However, all this depends on your insurance agency.

Florida’s No-Fault Law for Motor Vehicle Accidents.

According to the Laws in Florida, Whiplash injuries are covered under No-Fault insurances. Motor vehicles are required to carry a personal injury protection plan of $10,000. The insurance covers all your expenses irrespective of the liability involved in your injury. This usually covers all your expenses including the salary lost, medicines and medical equipment.

Contact a Whiplash Injury Attorney

Irrespective of how you are applying for your claim, a qualified attorney will be able to help you extensively and guide you regarding all legal procedures regarding a Whiplash claim. The attorney will help you in analyzing all the facts and figures of the case and help you evaluate the amount of your claim based on them. Contact us today for further assistance.