How to Treat Whiplash from a Car Accident
When you are involved in a car accident, it’s possible to be impacted by many types of injuries and ailments. Whiplash is one of the most common.
Whiplash can cause severe pain, discomfort, and other complications—which is why it’s recommended to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident.
And, when someone else is responsible for your injuries, it’s a good idea to find out how you could get compensated. Read on to learn more about how to treat whiplash from a car accident and how a Richmond car accident lawyer can help.
Whiplash—Seeking Treatment for Your Injuries
As is often the case in car accidents, the sudden, arresting stop of your vehicle and its occupants can lead to serious injuries. This is because while the momentum of the vehicle may stop instantly in a collision, the passengers will briefly continue moving forward until they are restrained—in ideal circumstances, by a seat belt.
Whiplash, or neck strain, can arise from this sudden halt of movement. Some symptoms include:
- Pain, swelling, and tightness in the neck
- Pain resulting from lateral movement in neck
- Pain resulting from looking over shoulder
- Headaches that start at the base of the skull and move forward toward the forehead
When you suspect whiplash or any other injury after your accident, it’s important you visit your doctor as soon as possible. They can help you diagnose whiplash and any other injuries, as well as prescribe a course of treatment and at-home interventions.
Visiting your doctor has the added benefit of having your injury described on your official medical record, which you can use later to help your car accident claim against the at-fault party.
How to Recover Compensation for Your Damages
Filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party could allow you to recover financial compensation for your damages. So how do you file a claim?
In a state like Virginia with at-fault insurance laws, you can initiate this process by sending a demand letter to the insurance company of the responsible party.
Demand letters should have clear requirements about the level of compensation you expect for your damages, of which you should have documented examples.
However, the car accident settlement process can be long and disheartening. Car insurance companies have little reason to pay you for the full extent of your damages, which would be bad for business.
Negotiating for a fair and just settlement offer—and taking your case to court if necessary—is just one the things a top-rated car accident lawyer can help you accomplish.
Most car accident plaintiffs don’t have the knowledge or experience required to successfully litigate these issues on their own—something the insurance companies are well aware of.
That’s why it behooves you to have an experienced attorney look over your claim before accepting an early offer to settle from the insurance company. Your attorney can find other forms of damages, such as emotional pain and suffering, that might not be included.
At Halperin Law Center, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we are not paid unless you successfully settle your claim or win a jury award.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today
Have you suffered damages such as whiplash in a car accident? Let a top-rated lawyer from our firm review your case today for free.
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