If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident, your best option for compensation may be to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party. Due to the nature of whiplash injuries, however, successfully filing a lawsuit can require additional legal steps. Here, we’ll discuss the nature of whiplash injuries, how to go about filing your claim and how a personal injury lawyer can help you through this process.
Whiplash Injuries from Car Accidents
Car accidents can cause whiplash injuries that range from relatively minor to quite severe. Whiplash injuries affect the soft tissue of the cervical region of your spine, otherwise known as your neck. As minor whiplash injuries often heal on their own within a week, this leads many whiplash injury claims to be written off as nuisances.
More severe whiplash injuries, on the other hand, may take up to three months — or longer — to heal. Serious whiplash injuries affect the ligaments and soft tissues of your neck and can negatively impact your physical comfort and mobility. Despite the severity of your whiplash injury, making a claim for this type of injury is more difficult. This is due to the fact that soft tissue injuries like these don’t show up on many diagnostic tools, such as x-rays. Consulting a personal injury lawyer when making your claim can greatly increase your chances of success.
If you’re experiencing lingering symptoms from your car accident injuries such as pain, stiffness, tingling, numbness or limited mobility, it’s possible that your injuries may be even more serious than whiplash. It’s important to your physical well-being, as well as your injury claim, to carefully document the effects of your injuries and to be forthright with your doctor and your lawyer about the extent of your injuries.
Making a Personal Injury Claim
If you’re planning on making a personal injury claim for your whiplash injury, you want to begin documenting any and all damages that relate to your claim. Collect all of your medical records, treatment records and medical bills to support your case. Once you have all your evidence and documents, you want to consider whether you have a viable legal case or not.
A personal injury lawyer can help you better understand your legal options. If you do have a viable case, you’ll need to notify the negligent party of your intent to file a lawsuit against them. Many lawsuits of this nature are settled before your case goes to court, but you should always be prepared for the possibility of your case going to trial.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Because whiplash injury claims can be more complicated than other types of personal injury claims, only an experienced attorney can best advise you on how to proceed with your claim. They can help you appropriately file your claim, as well as negotiate the terms of a settlement.
Our experienced lawyers at Lewis & Keller are proud to support car accident victims in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C. areas. Contact us today, and let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.