Car Accident Whiplash
Car accident whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs in auto accidents, typically a neck injury. Below are common accidents that cause car accident whiplash, info on whiplash settlement amounts, and what to do if you think you have whiplash from a car accident.
1. Car Accident Whiplash Injury Causes – Whiplash is a very common injury and can occur days or even weeks after the accident. It happens when a car is hit, causing the body to jerk forward quickly. The head usually trails by a second, causing injuries the muscles and soft tissue in the neck. Most commonly, whiplash occurs when someone if rear ended or hit from behind. These accidents are typically easy to prove fault, as the person who did the rear ending is almost always at fault.
2. Average Whiplash Settlements: While average settlement amounts vary, the nationwide average is somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for neck injuries in car accidents. Severe neck injuries or neck injuries in conjunction with concussions or other brain injuries have settled for 6 and 7 figure sums.
3. What to do if you think you have whiplash: First things first, go to your doctor! They can tell you if you do in fact have whiplash or not, and make a proper medical diagnosis. If it turns out that you do have whiplash, it’s a good idea to get any proof of your accident and injuries (medical bills, prescriptions, police and eyewitness reports, pictures of the cars, etc). In almost all cases, it’s also good to speak with an attorney who can take the specific information about your case and injury, apply it to local laws regarding car accidents, and give you a much more informed answer about what your case may be worth and what steps you should take next.
Because these types of injuries can vary so greatly in their severity and average compensation amount, we always recommend that you discuss your options with a local attorney. All the lawyers in our network offer a free initial consultation in which you can discuss the specific details of your situation and go over your options.
The benefit of working with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with car accident cases, is that they have negotiated settlements and know how to talk to insurance companies, who are trained and compensated to pay you as little as possible. A good attorney can argue for more money for loss of income, ongoing medical treatments, and maximize the amount of compensation you get for your pain and suffering.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your car accident claim with a local attorney, fill out the form above or call us anytime at 877-810-4067.