Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered by people in automobile accidents. As injuries go, it can also be tricky to recover the compensation you deserve from this kind of incident. While these claims are often settled out of court, it’s almost always in your best interest to file a suit with experienced counsel at your side. Read about what happens if you file an injury case for whiplash after a car accident, and why a personal injury lawyer can be a huge help with compensation.
An Overview of Whiplash Claims after a Car Accident
Timing is everything when it comes to a whiplash lawsuit after a car accident. This is because you might not suffer symptoms from a whiplash incident right away. It can, in fact, take days to a week before they manifest.
Another problem is the severity of the individual case. It’s difficult to know at first whether the whiplash is minor and will subside on its own in a few weeks, or if it’s more severe and will require a lot of time and medical care to recover.
Nuisance or Serious?
Whiplash injuries can be tough to pursue because they are often dismissed as nuisance suits. The truth is, however, injuries from whiplash can take a very long time to heal, depending on how serious the ligament and soft tissue injuries are. This area is vital not only to basic comfort but to mobility and there are those who have ended up with lifelong difficulties in movement and having a reasonable quality of life. Unfortunately, it’s also really tough to pursue a claim.
Filing a Whiplash Claim
Filing and pursuing a whiplash claim requires detailed record keeping by your doctor and your attorney, who will be best able to advise you on how to get compensation. The first step, however, is recognizing the damages you’ve suffered and documenting them so that you can file the claim. Your attorney can help you evaluate your case for viability.
The amount you can collect from a whiplash claim can wildly vary from case to case. In mild cases, damages have amounted to a couple thousand dollars, ranging up to about $10,000. In cases which have required months of therapy, damages up to $30,000 have been awarded, while the most severe cases where there has been spinal or nerve damage, up to $100,000 and more has been awarded.
Talking to a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s vital if you’ve been hurt in a car accident, to talk to a personal injury lawyer. Only a qualified and experienced attorney can help to advise you about the value of your claim and its chances for success. Without the help of a lawyer, you might make critical errors that stop you from being able to get compensated for your injury.
For many years, the personal injury attorneys at Parrish DeVaughn have been helping people across the Oklahoma City area to get compensation for the injuries they have suffered. For a free discussion of your case, give us a call today!