Whiplash is a truly awful injury with which to suffer. It’s also arguably the most common result of car accidents, especially those resulting from a rear-end collision. It results in serious pain, loss of mobility, and in many cases disabling conditions that make you unable to hold down a decent job while you recover. Unfortunately, it’s also dismissed by many juries and courts, which can make it very difficult to pursue.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t go after a whiplash lawsuit. Read about whiplash after a car accident, what it takes to pursue compensation for this injury, and how a personal injury lawyer can get you damages.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents. It occurs when your head “whips” forward and back, and can range from minor pain and stiffness to serious muscle and spinal injury, and can even be accompanied by concussion or other brain injuries.
Usually, these injuries are inflicted to soft tissue areas—muscles, tendons and the like. They can clear up in a week or three. In the most severe cases, however, immediate medical attention is needed, and the lack of motion, debilitating pain, and other symptoms can take years from which to recover and require extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Why These Cases are Complicated
Because the range of symptoms is so broad, and the condition so little understood by lay people, juries often dismiss these suits as “nuisance cases,” which can make them difficult to pursue. While as a victim of whiplash you’re entitled to payment for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional damages, loss of consortium and all the other losses both general and special you suffer, it requires work to get the compensation you deserve.
You’ll need to gather as much evidence as possible, including any diagnostics that back up your injuries, expert testimony from your doctor, medical records, hospital visits, the effects on your work and life, and anything else to support your case. You will also need the help of a qualified attorney to prove you’re hurt.
Dealing with Insurers after a Car Accident
After your car accident, you’re likely going to be questioned by insurance companies. You should be honest and straightforward, but limit what you say. Often, these insurers are looking for reasons to invalidate your claim and show that you’re not as hurt as you say. Never sign any offers or paperwork without having your attorney present or having them look it over first. You could be signing away important rights!
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer is your best ally and your best bet at getting maximum compensation for your injuries. An attorney will know not only what evidence you need, but how to deal with insurance companies, how to present your evidence, and how to make the best argument for your right to collect damages. At Mitch Grissim and Associates, we’ve got decades of experience in personal injury law and helping people just like you. Get in touch with us today and we’ll talk about your case at no cost and no obligation.