Whiplash Injuries in a Car Accident

whiplash in a car accident

Car accident victims can easily suffer whiplash in a collision, regardless of how slow or fast the vehicles were traveling. Whiplash can be very painful. Many victims find that they are unable to work during the weeks or months it may take to recover. Some face a lifetime of impairment.

One of the unfortunate complications of whiplash is the most severe symptoms often do not appear until later after an automobile accident. Some victims do not seek treatment until these symptoms appear, which can complicate treatment. It may also become more difficult to recover compensation in such cases. Any delay in medical treatment could be used by the insurance company as “evidence” that you are not as hurt as you claim. They do this to prevent paying you the compensation you’re rightfully owed.

That’s why it is crucial for you to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident – especially if you believe you suffered whiplash in the crash. Your lawyer will advise you of your legal options, including ensuring that you seek treatment and have your injuries documented and a medical record created as soon as possible.

If you have suffered whiplash in a car crash in North Carolina, contact Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C. to speak to an experienced whiplash injury lawyer. Our firm has an office in downtown Shelby and serves clients all over North Carolina.

You can have us review your case when you call us or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

What Is Whiplash, Its Causes and Symptoms?

Whiplash occurs when the neck moves back and forth rapidly like the cracking of a whip, straining the muscles in the neck. Drivers and passengers who are involved in car crashes – particularly rear-end collisions – commonly report whiplash injuries.

The most common symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Tingling in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Whiplash can lead to pain that spreads to the back or arms. People are more susceptible to whiplash when they are older or have previously suffered whiplash or had other neck problems.

Average Whiplash Settlement Value

If you’ve suffered whiplash in an accident, you have a right to expect that the responsible party will compensate you for your medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses you’ve incurred. What types and how much compensation you’re owed will depend on the severity of injuries you’ve suffered and the negligence of the responsible party.

In general, whiplash injuries are graded according to severity. This ranges from no pain or noticeable symptoms, all the way to severe whiplash that might require surgery to treat and stabilize the neck.

The average whiplash settlement is based on many factors. It’s impossible for any attorney to guarantee a figure, though a lawyer can total up the full extent of your expenses and calculate the amount you could recover for intangible losses like pain and suffering.

It is wise to always hire an attorney to represent you, since people who hire lawyers receive on average 3.5 times more money than those who try to seek compensation alone.

Proving Whiplash

Proving a whiplash injury can be challenging for many victims because whiplash does not always appear in X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Other medical records, however, could be very useful in proving that you suffered a whiplash injury.

In many cases, proof of a whiplash injury can be based on the evidence available, such as the vehicles involved and identifying how a collision occurred and at what speeds. When a crash can be reconstructed, it can also help demonstrate how a person’s body may have been susceptible to whiplash. Video of the crash or eyewitness testimony could also help support your claim.

Whiplash victims should be sure to seek medical treatment right away. You should always tell your physician about all of the symptoms you’re experiencing after a crash, and it’s a good idea to also keep a journal about how the injury has impacted your life.

Your lawyer can investigate the crash and will use all of the evidence available to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.

Pain and Suffering in a Whiplash Case

Pain, stiffness, and soreness are some of the most common symptoms reported by car accident victims. Many people experience chronic difficulty moving their necks and struggle to feel comfortable in even ordinary circumstances.

You shouldn’t have to experience the pain and suffering that a whiplash injury can inflict on you, especially if someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. By pursuing an injury lawsuit against the responsible party, you could secure significant compensation to account for the pain and stress that you’ve endured.

Some states impose limitations on non-economic damages like damages for pain and suffering in personal injury cases (often referred to as damage caps). North Carolina doesn’t cap damages, which means that if your whiplash case should have to go to trial, then a jury would be responsible for determining the amount of non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and other awards that you would be entitled to.

How Teddy, Meekins & Talbert Can Help

Did you or your loved one sustain whiplash in a motor vehicle crash caused by another party’s negligence in North Carolina? You aren’t alone, and an experienced North Carolina car accident lawyer could help you get compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.

The trial lawyers of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C. handle whiplash injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay when we win. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and speak with an experienced and compassionate member of our team today.

About Teddy, Meekins & Talbert

The law office of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is located in Shelby, N.C. approximately 40 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. Our mission is to provide aggressive, innovative, and passionate representation for people who are often in the midst of stress and anxiety associated with legal problems.

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