Whiplash injuries are most commonly seen in car accidents – more specifically, rear-end collisions. The term “whiplash” is used to describe a series of symptoms, but it is not an official diagnosis. Instead, it describes injuries resulting from an abrupt back-and-forth, whipping-like motion on the neck. It can be extremely painful and disruptive, and while it may be referred to as a “soft tissue” injury, whiplash is anything but minor.
If you have been involved in a car accident, the first step is to seek medical treatment right away. Sometimes whiplash does not present itself for a few hours or days post-accident, but the pain can become debilitating for some. By receiving medical treatment as soon as possible, even for slight discomfort, you can help reduce the amount of pain you will experience later. Also, you can help establish your case.A treating physician will look for signs of whiplash if they know you have been involved in a car accident, and receiving treatment for your whiplash is essential. Insurance claims adjusters will look at all whiplash injury claims with suspicion because whiplash injuries are not easy to prove – and cannot be seen from normal x-rays or scans. Therefore, if you do not seek medical treatment, adjusters may assume that you do not really have an injury. Never make statements about how you feel at the scene of the accident either – stating that you feel okay at the time could become problematic later when you attempt to file an injury claim.
File a Claim as Soon as Possible
As soon as you recognize that you have a car accident-related injury, you must contact the other party’s insurance or an attorney to file your claim. Waiting too long could reduce the amount of your settlement dramatically – or even result in no settlement.
Any medical expenses – including treatment, medications, etc. – must be documented. You will need bills, receipts for payments made from your own pocket, as well as statements from your insurance provider. These will help prove how much compensation you are entitled to, and also establish that an injury does exist.
Speak with an Attorney
Whiplash is an injury; therefore, you can receive compensation for that injury. The amount you will receive will depend on your losses, such as how much you have in medical expenses or the amount of wages you have lost while treating your injury. To find out how much your case could be worth, schedule an appointment with a Daytona injury attorney at Vasilaros | Wagner. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 386-777-7777, or fill out an online contact form with your legal questions.