Settlements For Whiplash Compensation
Whiplash is a common type of injury associated with car crashes. While many people think that whiplash is only a minor injury, the truth is that whiplash injuries may be permanent and lead to lifelong suffering and pain for the victim. If you sustained a whiplash injury following a car accident resulting from the negligence of another driver, you have the right to pursue the compensation you deserve for your whiplash claim. Learn more about how much your settlement for whiplash compensation may be by contacting a car accident attorney at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 for your free consultation today.
Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury
The official medical name of whiplash is Whiplash Associated Disorder. The National Institutes of Health states that when a victim's head experiences a sharp or violent jerking, as occurs in many car accidents, a victim may then suffer neck and shoulder injuries. Although rear-end accidents are notorious for whiplash injuries, whiplash may occur in any kind of car accident. It is very important to understand that many signs and symptoms of whiplash do not occur immediately following a serious car accident. Some of the symptoms of a whiplash injury may include the following:
- Neck stiffness and/or pain
- Upper back stiffness and/or pain
- Shoulder or arm pain
- The inability to move the neck easily
- Numbness, tingling or prickling sensation in the arm or fingers
- Cognitive challenges such as fuzzy thinking or disorientation
- Blurry vision or challenges with vision
- Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of memory (short term and/or long term memory loss)
- Depression and/or anxiety
Whiplash Compensation and Immediate Medical Care
Always seek immediate medical attention after a car accident, even if you do not feel any pain. If you develop any new pain after visiting a medical professional, or your symptoms worsen, revising your healthcare provider to ensure you receive proper treatment. It is imperative that you seek immediate medical care following your car accident in order to ensure that you receive proper treatment. However, seeking immediate medical care also helps a victim pursue compensation for their whiplash injuries. Failing to seek medical care following a car accident can negatively impact the ability for a victim to seek compensation for their claim. Additionally, if you do receive a medical care plan from your healthcare provider regarding your whiplash injury, make sure to carefully follow it. The failure to follow an established medical care plan can prevent a victim from receiving a settlement for whiplash compensation for their injuries and losses after their car accident. Additionally, make sure that you seek medical care from a credible and reputable healthcare provider. Any questionable treatments or medical bills may hurt your ability to have a substantial settlement for whiplash compensation. Visiting with an experienced whiplash injury attorney at Labrum Law Firm can help you better understand the steps you should take following your car accident with respect to your injuries.
How Settlements for Whiplash Compensation Work
Most personal injury cases related to car accidents never see the inside of a courtroom. Most insurance companies will provide settlement offers to victims of car accidents. However, it is important to understand that insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying a full and fair settlement offer to a victim of a car accident with a whiplash claim. Therefore, visiting with a car accident attorney at Labrum Law Firm can help you understand how much compensation may be available for your specific whiplash claim. Some of the types of compensation a victim may have the legal right to pursue for whiplash claims include the following:
- Medical costs associated with the whiplash injury including doctor visits, hospitalizations, surgery, treatments, physical therapy, psychological therapy, prescription medications, medical devices such as neck braces, and more
- Lost wages due to the inability of the victim to return to work following the accident as a result of the whiplash injury. Lost wages may include not only the amount of salary or wages lost, but also any missed bonuses, used vacation and sick leave, promotional opportunities, pension contributions, and employee benefits lost (Additionally, if the whiplash injury remains permanent and a source of a disability claim, the victim may have the ability to include in their whiplash claim for the loss of future wages as well)
- Property damage to the vehicle and the contents inside the vehicle.
- Pain and suffering related to the whiplash injury
A settlement for whiplash compensation often requires detailed and complicated calculations of non-economic losses such as pain and suffering. A victim's total settlement for whiplash compensation will rest upon the severity and permanency of their whiplash injury. Make sure that you request the total amount you are owed under the law from an insurance company by visiting with a personal injury attorney at Labrum Law Firm today.
Developing a Strong Claim for Whiplash Compensation
If you suffered whiplash injuries, negotiating with insurance companies can prove to be an adversarial and confrontational experience. Make sure that you have the evidence and information necessary to develop a strong claim to obtain a fair and just settlement for whiplash compensation. Some of the information and evidence necessary to develop a strong claim include the following:
- Proof that the other driver caused the car accident (police report, witness testimony, citations issued)
- Photographs of the car accident scene and damage to your vehicle (or video if the footage is available from either traffic lights or local businesses)
- Medical records that detail your whiplash injuries and create chronological documentation of treatment as well as the effects of your injury (It is important to remember that an insurance company does not have the legal right to request a full medical history but only medical records that pertain to your car accident and whiplash injury.)
- Journal detailing daily pain and suffering levels, certain daily activities that the victim is no longer able to perform, or daily life experiences the victim is no longer able to enjoy
How Labrum Law Firm Can Work To Obtain a Settlement for Whiplash Compensation Following Your Accident
Victims who suffer from whiplash injuries understand that it is often a serious and debilitating injury. You have the right to pursue a fair settlement for whiplash compensation that occurred as a result of someone else's negligence. We would welcome the opportunity to visit with you about how you can receive justice and compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact a Nashville whiplash injury attorney at Labrum Law Firm today to visit with us for free about your case at (615) 338-9500.