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How to Make a Whiplash Claim with Winns

If you've been in an accident that has caused you severe, lasting neck pain, then you need to know how to make a whiplash claim with Winns.

Our team of experienced case handlers can help you start your claim today, as well as answering any questions that you may have, including ‘how much do you get for a whiplash claim’.

Before you pick up the phone or speak to us on LiveChat though, we've pulled together everything that you need to know about whiplash, and how to make a whiplash claim.

Whiplash caused by road accidents

Whiplash is caused when the head is suddenly jolted forwards, backwards, or sideways, and as such is a common effect of car accidents. The sudden movement stretches the ligaments and tendons in the neck too far, too quickly, causing short term or even permanent damage. If you have suffered any of the following symptoms following a road traffic accident, then you could make a claim for whiplash:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Heightened pain when moving your neck or pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of neck movement
  • Frequent headaches, often at the base of the skull
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation in your arms
  • Pain or tenderness in your upper back, shoulders or arms
  • Dizziness or fatigue

Less common symptoms include muscle spasms, blurred vision and vertigo.

To find out more about the symptoms associated with Whiplash, and the treatments available, visit the NHS' online resource here.

If you were the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an accident, and have suffered from whiplash as a result, then you could also be entitled to make a claim for whiplash. To find out more about how to make a claim for whiplash as a passenger, visit our dedicated ‘Passenger Claims’ page.

What compensation can I claim for?

Whiplash is a personal injury, and as such you are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. If you have suffered or continue to suffer from the effects of whiplash, then there are a number of factors that your claim will encompass.

The first is any necessary medical treatment, such as physiotherapy, that is needed to alleviate your symptoms and distress. Secondly, the effect of any time off work will be taken into account, and your loss of earnings compensated for.

If you want to know about how to make a whiplash claim, and what is covered in legal action, speak to Winns using LiveChat today.


Winns help thousands of people each year to make claims for personal injuries such as whiplash, that's why we have a five-star user rating on Trustpilot. Here are a few of the most recent comments we've received from grateful clients.

The workers who I spoke to were excellent in support, they were effective and covered all relevant support and very quick in response. I will recommend this service to people who experience any form of accident.

Mrs. M. Barnett-Burrowes

I had an accident in my Fiat and they have been nothing but helpful, I waited no more than 5 minutes on hold and everyone I spoke to was lovely about it and helped me no end. I would 100% use them again, best service I have had since I started driving.

Mr. J. Breakspear

Response & service was first-class, & virtually immediate. Process was handled politely, thoroughly, & professionally. I’m very pleased & satisfied. Thank you!

Mr. E. S. Darling

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Should I claim for whiplash?

Whiplash has, in the past, suffered from poor public perception. As a neck complaint, it has sometimes been difficult to diagnose, and, as such, whiplash has often been disingenuously characterised as an easy way for people to claim money they don't deserve through false claims.

However, in reality whiplash can cause a serious level of pain and discomfort to those who are unlucky enough to feel its effects after a car accident. Whiplash is not a trifling complaint, and it can do long-term damage to the ligaments in the neck, shoulders, and back.

If you are in pain as the result of whiplash, then you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Ignore the old stigma, and get your life back on track.

Winn Solicitors have provided an excellent prompt service at all levels. Within 24 hours of my accident I was provided with a replacement car, an appointment next day for a physiotherapy assessment and follow on treatments. My vehicle was assessed for repair or scrap within 3 days and subsequent finance agreed. This was then paid within a four week timescale. I feel that all the stress of dealing with a difficult situation was taken away from me leaving me with time to recover from the shock of my accident.

Christine Heath

Speak to one of our claim handlers today on the phone or using LiveChat to find out how to make a whiplash claim and get the compensation you need.

Whiplash accident claims FAQs

Can you prove you have whiplash?

While it may have a bad reputation as an unprovable condition, it is in fact possible for a doctor to give a diagnosis of whiplash. In order to back your claim with an expert diagnosis, they will need to carry out a physical examination and potentially some imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan.

Can you claim for whiplash without seeing a doctor?

You should always seek medical attention after a road traffic accident, especially if you find yourself suffering with health issues such as those associated with whiplash. The government is currently considering a plan to throw out any whiplash claims submitted without medical evidence, so having a doctor confirm your condition could be crucial to making a successful claim.

If you haven’t seen a doctor straight after the accident, then Winns can still consider your claim. If you make a whiplash compensation claim with Winns, we will arrange for you to see a medical expert, who will assess your injuries as part of the claims process.

How long does it take to heal from whiplash?

The length of time required to recover from whiplash is very much dependant on the severity of the injuries. The effects of whiplash will be case-specific to you and your accident. At best, whiplash can clear up after a few days or weeks, but in some cases, the pain, discomfort, and other side effects can last for years. A medical expert will be able to give you a better indication of how long you should expect for recovery to be complete.

Do whiplash claims go to court?

Personal injury claims such as those for whiplash rarely go to court, as the matter is generally settled between the parties involved and their representatives, in your case, Winns.

If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, then your claim may go to court, but rest assured that if this does occur you would rarely need to attend court yourself, as a barrister or solicitor appointed by Winns would usually attend court on your behalf, and the Winns team will always be there to look after you and handle your case at every step of the way.

How long before I can no longer claim for whiplash?

As with other personal injury claims, seeking compensation for whiplash has a definite time limit. You must make your claim within three years of the accident that caused your whiplash, or within three years of the time when you became aware of your symptoms. If you attempt to make a claim after the three-year deadline, then your case will be considered time locked, and your claim will not proceed.

They really looked after immediately after the accident. They were clear and concise about the process and information needed. I would not hesitate to use them again and recommend them to friends and family.

Sarah Tingle

[Winns] dealt with everything from start to finish, including dealing with all aspects of my claim, hire vehicle and physiotherapy. Kept me informed through every stage of my claim and were quick to answer any questions I had. Very professional throughout.

Mr Benton

If you would like more information about how to make a whiplash claim, or want to start a claim today, then speak to Winns today either by phone or using LiveChat. 

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