Whiplash Claims

Compensation Guidelines

//Whiplash Claims
Whiplash Claims 2022-06-08T04:28:02+00:00

Whiplash What is whiplash?

Whiplash is really a non-medical term, but colloquially it is used to describe a range of injuries which are caused to the neck and spine usually associated with car accidents where the victim is struck from behind.

This can cause a forward-and-backwards motion of the head thereby causing a hyper-extension of the neck muscles and ligaments as the spine is temporarily contorted into in an S-shape.


Can I claim for whiplash?

Yes, of course, provided another party is liable for causing the injury sustained to you and just like any other injury claim, it is subject to the statutes under Personal Injury Law in Ireland.



Margaret O'FlahertyTo enquire first about whether you might have a valid claim contact Margaret O’Flaherty, publisher of Lawyer.ie & Principal of Tyrrell Solicitors.

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Can whiplash be diagnosed or proved/disproved?

Clinically known as cervical acceleration-deceleration injuries, these can cause a whole range of whiplash associated disorders. These include primarily pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders and back. People who genuinely have these symptoms as a result of a car accident do not necessarily have any physical evidence that can be determined by a medical examination or scan such as an x-ray.

It is hence notoriously difficult to prove and virtually impossible to disprove. The belief is widespread that a sgnificant amount of these personal injury cases are exaggerated or fraudulent. Nonetheless, it is a very common injury and can be be quite serious in the long term producing secondary symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia and tingling sensations.

So if you have experienced such an injury through no fault of your own, do not be embarrassed about seeking redress in terms of financial compensation for the loss, pain and discomfort it has brought you. Make sure you talk to a reputable injury law solicitor who is Law Society registered about a possible claim and always seek medical attention in the first instance when the injury occurs.



How much compensation is paid for whiplash in Ireland?


Serious neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia  resulting in

permanent spastic quadriparesis or where despite the wearing of a

collar 24 hours a day for a period of years, the neck could still not

move, and severe headaches have proved intractable.


€150,000 – €300,000




Injuries, usually involving serious fractures or damage to discs in

the cervical spine, which give rise to disabilities of considerable

severity, but which fall short of those arising in above;

permanent damage to the brachial plexus or substantial loss of

movement in the neck combined with loss of function in one or

more limbs.


€100,000 – €150,000




Injuries causing very severe symptoms from fractures or

dislocations that may require spinal fusion, or severe damage to

soft tissues and/or ruptured tendons leading to chronic conditions

and significant disability of a permanent nature.


€70,000 – €100,000




Injuries involving less serious fractures and dislocations than at (i)

above, but which nonetheless cause severe symptoms and/or pain

which will be permanent or recurring.


€50,000 – €70,000



Cases involving soft tissue or wrenching type injury and disc lesion

of the more severe type resulting in cervical spondylosis, serious

limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain, stiffness

or discomfort and the possible need for further surgery with

increased vulnerability to trauma.


€35,000 – €50,000



Moderate neck injuries

Injuries which may have accelerated and/or exacerbated a pre-existing

condition over a shorter period of time, usually less than

five years. This bracket will also apply to moderate soft tissue

injuries where the period of recovery has been relatively protracted

and where there remains an increased vulnerability to further

trauma or permanent minimal symptoms.


€12,000 – €23,000



Minor neck injuries

Injuries where a substantial recovery takes place within one

to two years. This bracket will also apply to short term

acceleration and/or exacerbation of pre-existing condition,

usually between one and two years.


€6,000 – €12,000



Where a substantial recovery takes place between six

months to one year. This bracket will also apply to short-term

acceleration and/or exacerbation of pre-existing injuries,

usually less than one year. 


€3,000 – €6,000



Where a substantial recovery is made within six months.  

€500 – €3,000



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