Whiplash, an injury that is caused when the head suddenly moves forward and back, is a common injury resulting from minor to severe auto accidents, especially rear end crashes. You may be able to recover damages for whiplash injuries when a crash involves a negligent driver.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and have suffered whiplash injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention. Then call our office for information about filing a personal injury claim.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
A wide range of symptoms can occur with whiplash, including headaches or migraines, neck pain, back pain or stiffness, blurred vision, and difficulty sleeping. Sometimes, people don’t realize they have received a whiplash injury due to a delay in the onset of pain.
While many people with whiplash injuries heal within a few weeks or months, some suffer chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.
What should you do following an auto accident resulting in a whiplash injury?
You can take several steps to strengthen your personal injury case following a car accident.
Start by calling the police to report the incident and document the event. Next, seek medical attention. It is important to establish a course of medical treatment to address the severity of your injuries and to insure you receive the correct care to address your symptoms. It is not uncommon to begin experiencing pain hours, or even days, after your accident.
Finally, hire a personal injury attorney to represent your interests as you spend your time recovering.
When can you file a personal injury claim for whiplash?
Victims who sustain whiplash from a car accident have the right to file a claim for damages against the negligent party.
As a no-fault state, the first course of action for filing a claim in Massachusetts is to work with your own insurance. Having an attorney assist you from the beginning can save you frustration, time, and costly advice. It is always recommended to hire an attorney to represent your best interests when dealing with either your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company.
What can you recover in a personal injury lawsuit for whiplash?
Both economic and non-economic damages can be sought in a personal injury claim for whiplash. The financial impact whiplash can have on you and your family can be addressed through compensatory damages and may include compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
Working with a skilled personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure financial compensation for your whiplash injury. Contact our office today to discuss the merit of your case and the next steps in obtaining the compensation you need to help recover from your injuries.