27 February 2019
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Car accidents can often have unpleasant consequences. Whiplash is a common injury to the neck and/or back as a result of an accident. The head makes a sudden, powerful movement forward, backward or sideways and the muscles and ligaments stretch. The whiplash complaints can last for a long time and can hinder both your daily life and your work situation.

Complaints as a result of whiplash

A painful, stiff neck is the most common complaint of whiplash. However, additional complaints can also occur, such as sleeping problems, depression and a reduced ability to focus. The complaints do not always manifest themselves immediately; it is quite possible that you will not experience symptoms until a few hours or even days after the accident. It is also important to know that there need not be any proportionality between the seriousness of the accident and the complaints it entails. For example, a relatively minor accident can result in long-term complaints. In any case, it is wise to visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Holding the other party liable for damage

It is often unclear in advance how long your complaints will last and how long you will suffer physical and/or psychological damage as a result. You want to hold the other party who caused the accident liable for the damage suffered and still to be suffered. In order to claim damages, the liability of the other party must first be acknowledged. For this purpose, the causal link between the accident and the damage suffered must be demonstrated. It must therefore be established that the complaints as well as the damage would not have presented themselves if the accident had not occurred.


There are a lot of damage costs that qualify for compensation. Consider, for example, medical costs that are not reimbursed by your insurer, travel costs you have to incur to go to the hospital and the damage you have suffered as a result of the accident to your car, clothing and other belongings. Any damage you suffer due to study delay and lost income can also be reimbursed. In short, all costs that you would not have had to incur if the accident had not occurred are eligible for reimbursement.

In addition to material damage, as described above, immaterial damage that you suffer can also be compensated. This is also known as punitive damages. The complaints as a result of whiplash can in some cases result in serious psychological damage. The victim’s joie de vivre is then taken away from him because he is hindered in his daily activities. A long-term hospitalization and recovery period can also be very difficult emotionally for the victim. The amount of damages depends on several factors, including the age of the victim and the severity of the whiplash.

Have you sustained whiplash as a result of a car accident and have you suffered material and/or emotional damage as a result? Then you can recover the damage from the other party. Our experienced personal injury lawyers and personal injury legal experts can advise and guide you in getting the highest damages!

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