What Kind of Settlement Can You Expect for a Whiplash Injury?
While stopped at a red light, your car was rear-ended. Although there wasn’t much damage to your car, your neck is in pain. You go to the doctor and learn that you suffered a whiplash injury after the accident. Although you’re told that the pain will subside in a few weeks, three months pass and you’re still in pain. The insurance company has refused to pay for any more treatments. Should you sue for compensation? Is it worth the hassle?
First, let’s explain what whiplash is. A common injury that occurs in a rear-end car accident, whiplash happens when your head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward and then forward. According to the Mayo Clinic, this motion can injure the bones in your spine as well as other muscles, nerves, and tissues in your neck. Although it may not seem serious, whiplash injuries can take a few months to heal and, in severe cases, the pain could become chronic and last for years after the injury occurred.
When it comes to predicting the outcome of a whiplash injury lawsuit, it’s hard to say. All lawsuits are different and it depends on the severity of your injury. Whiplash cases can be hard to litigate since these injuries don’t show up on an X-ray or an MRI. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf. It’s also important to see the doctor immediately after your accident to have an expert confirm your injury.
However, is it really worth pursuing a claim for a whiplash injury? Definitely, especially if the pain has not subsided after a period of time. If the pain does disappear after a week or two, it may not be worth pursuing a claim. But if it’s five months later and you’re still experiencing pain and the doctor is suggesting physical therapy, you may want to contact our injury lawyer to see what your legal options are.
If you were in an accident that caused a whiplash injury and the insurance company is refusing to pay your claim, contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.