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Have you suffered whiplash as a result of a road traffic accident?

If so, you could make a claim for compensation for your injuries, treatment and financial losses.

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Were you a driver or passenger of a car that was involved in an accident after 30 May 2021 and you suffered a whiplash injury?

If you were your claim may be subject to the whiplash reforms which came into force on 31 May 2021 if:

  • You are over 18.
  • You were injured in a road traffic accident.
  • The accident occurred on or after 31st May 2021.
  • You suffered whiplash injuries which are defined as a soft-tissue injury to the neck, back or shoulder, and includes damage to muscles, tendons, or ligaments (i.e. sprains, strains, tears, ruptures, or lesser damage); and damage to soft-tissues associated with muscles, tendons, or ligaments. However, if your main injury is a broken arm/leg, etc or you suffer a non-whiplash injury, then it would not count as a whiplash injury even if you did suffer pain in your neck, back or shoulder.
  • You were a driver or passenger of a motor vehicle.
  • Your injuries are worth less than £5,000 and the total value of your claim is less than £10,000.

These reforms will not impact vulnerable road users such as:

  • A pedestrian (including if you were in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter)
  • A cyclist.
  • A motorcyclist (including if you were a passenger on a motorbike)
  • The rider of a scooter (as a driver or passenger)

It also means your whiplash injuries will be awarded according to a fixed tariff, unless a Court deems there to be “exceptional circumstances” as follows:

Duration of Injury

(for Whiplash Alone)

(for Whiplash and Minor Psychological Injury)

Not more than 3 months



More than 3 months, but not more than 6 months



More than 6 months, but not more than 9 months



More than 9 months, but not more than 12 months



More than 12 months, but not more than 15 months



More than 15 months, but not more than 18 months



More than 18 months, but not more than 24 months