There are a wide range of injuries that a person can suffer in a car accident, but one of the most serious is whiplash. While the majority of whiplash injuries will heal on their own with no advanced medical treatment, others can be much more damaging, leaving effects that last for months and may result in expensive medical bills and a lessening of your quality of life.
Because insurance companies and the court system have long considered whiplash suits to be ‘nuisance claims’, many people wonder if it’s filing a lawsuit after this type of injury is worth the effort. Learn how you can file a lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer after a car accident causes a serious whiplash injury.
The reason that whiplash injuries prove so difficult from a legal standpoint is that their true extent often isn’t discovered until well after the accident has occurred. For instance, directly after an accident that has caused whiplash, it’s likely that you’ll feel some pain, but other conditions like numbness and mobility issues may not be immediately evident.
However, the longer your whiplash symptoms last, the better standing you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Whiplash injuries that don’t heal after a few weeks often indicated more serious consequence than the typical soft tissue damage and may entitle you to a higher level of compensation.
One of the main reasons that car accident victims resist filing a personal injury lawsuit for whiplash is that there are several steps that must be completed before receiving your settlement. First, you must recognize the extent of your injury. Second, you’ll need to actually file your claim. Finally, the defendant must be given time to refute your claim, which can mean multiple medical examinations and drawn out settlement negotiations.
Although a successful injury claim can take many months to complete, it may be well worth it if you receive the compensation level that you need.
An additional concern of those considering a whiplash personal injury lawsuit is the level of compensation they may be eligible to receive. As with other forms of personal injury suits, your settlement level in a whiplash case will largely depend on the seriousness of your injuries.
Minor to moderate cases of whiplash that should not result in long-term effects typically have a compensation level between $2,500 and $10,000. Cases that are more severe that require advanced medical intervention can receive settlements as high as $30,000. The most damaging cases of whiplash that have resulted in damage to your cervical spine can potentially end in settlements that are more than $100,000.
Discussing your case with a personal injury lawyer is the best way to learn about possible settlement amounts for your injury.
If you’re struggling to support yourself after a car accident has caused a major whiplash injury, you need the assistance of a personal injury lawyer from the Disparti Law Group. Our knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys are fully aware of the serious consequences of whiplash, and we are ready to help you plan your personal injury lawsuit.
Tell us about your case today and let the Disparti Law Group work for you.