Average Settlement for Whiplash: What You Can Expect
Car accident whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs in auto accidents, typically resulting in a neck and/or back 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
How A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You If You Got Whiplash From An Auto Accident:
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 these types of cases, is that they have negotiated car accident 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.
Average Car Accident Whiplash Settlements
What is the average whiplash settlement? The answer to this question depends on a multitude of factors… but mainly how fast you or the other vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident or impact. Speed plays a huge factor in auto accidents and in general, the harder you’re the hit, the more severe your injuries will be. On the other hand, even the slightest impact to the front, rear, or side of your vehicle can cause your body to sustain a whiplash injury. Other common factors that go into your whiplash injury settlement will include whether you have suffered an injury like this in the past, the damage to your vehicle, and the amount of time you treated with a physician or medical provider.
After you get into a car accident people generally suffer from immediate whiplash injuries. Whiplash injuries occur when there is a sudden deceleration of force to your body. Your body experiences this type of injury when you strike another from behind, or when another driver hits you from behind. After you get into a car accident you should call an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your settlement for whiplash injuries.
How To Calculate An Average Whiplash Settlement
What is the average settlement payout for whiplash injury? Every case is different and will settle for a different value. Generally, the more severe your whiplash injuries are, the more compensation you will receive. Assuming the other driver was at fault, you’re probably going to get compensated for the following:
- Initial Medical Bills
- Ongoing Medical Treatment (Chiropractic care is generally needed when recovering from a whiplash injury)
- Loss of income
- Pain & Suffering
- Property Damage
For example, let’s say you were just rear-ended by another driver while stopped at a red light. The other driver was traveling at a speed of 10 miles-per-hour and didn’t hit the brakes before impact. You suffered a whiplash injury to your back and neck and experienced the immediate onset of pain. You began treating with a chiropractor for three months after the accident and you incurred ongoing medical bills that totaled $5,000 dollars. In a case such as the above, the injured party will most likely receive between $8,000 to $15,000 for the medical portion of the whiplash settlement.
Now let’s say you couldn’t work for a month, and you make $10,000 per month, and your car repair bills were $2,000. You’re now looking at total damages in the range of $21,000 -$28,000.
Based on the severity of injury and its impact on your day to day life, insurance companies will often also multiply the amount of your medical bills by a number between 1 and 5 to account for pain & suffering and negative effects on your lifestyle, such as not being able to do the things you enjoy, help your family around the house, play with your kids, etc.
The number you get depends on the factors involved in your individual case, will obviously go a long way in getting you the biggest auto accident settlement possible for your whiplash lawsuit. This is probably the biggest reason to speak with an experienced attorney following your car accident whiplash injury – $25,000 multiplied by 2 is a big number, but $25,000 multiplied by 5 is a much bigger number.
Whiplash injuries can be serious and cause long term, debilitating effects and symptoms. If you have a whiplash injury to your neck, there is a chance that you will require extensive medical treatment for the damage done to your spine and neck from your whiplash injury. Thus, your medical bills will be higher, and your case will ultimately settle for a higher value then someone who was, for example, tapped from behind by a driver going 1 mile-per-hour. If you were involved in a car accident and are suffering from a whiplash injury, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney will get you setup with doctors who will treat your whiplash injuries and get you on your way to receiving your whiplash injury settlement.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your car accident whiplash settlement, or other car accident related injuries with a local attorney, fill out the form above or call us anytime at 877-810-4067.