Whiplash is an injury commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents, particularly rear-end collisions. Suffering whiplash could leave you unable to work, and you might experience symptoms long after you sustain the injury. The parties responsible for causing your accident may be required to pay you compensation for your accident-related losses.
A Powell whiplash accident lawyer can assess your case and help you pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free consultation.
Certain Conditions May Lead to Whiplash
Mayo Clinic notes that whiplash may be the result of a motor vehicle accident, with rear-end collisions causing most whiplash injuries. Some conditions that may have contributed to your whiplash include:
- If you were struck without seeing the oncoming vehicle, as you may not have been able to brace for impact
- You were struck suddenly, which caused a rapid back and forth movement in your head and neck
- You have a prior history of neck-related problems or general instability in the neck area
- You were struck at high speeds, especially if your vehicle was stationary at the time of the collision
Suffering whiplash could cause several symptoms, none of which are pleasant. Healthline notes that some possible symptoms of whiplash are:
- Recurring headaches located at the base of your skull
- Changes in your vision
- Stiffness in your neck
- Pain in your neck
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia or general sleep difficulties
If you also struck your head on a hard surface, such as a steering wheel or dashboard, when the accident occurred, you may also experience the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). If your whiplash or TBI symptoms continue to worsen (e.g., the pain in your neck spreads or continues to worsen), your injury could be serious.
Seek Medical Attention if You Have Not Done So Already
Whiplash can be an insidious injury, with symptoms perhaps appearing mild at first but potentially worsening to a debilitating state. It is important to seek medical attention if you have any signs of injury after an accident, and the same is true for whiplash symptoms.
Obtaining treatment may serve numerous purposes. The medical process may involve:
- A doctor checking you for injuries that might be even more serious than whiplash
- A doctor issuing a formal diagnosis of whiplash
- A doctor providing treatment for your whiplash symptoms
- A doctor providing guidance on how to stabilize and treat your whiplash at home
- Documenting the presence and severity of your injuries, as this could be important for obtaining any compensation you are entitled to
There may be deadlines that require you to report injuries stemming from your accident before a certain date. Hiring a Powell whiplash accident lawyer could be a way to protect your rights and make yourself aware of all relevant filing deadlines.
Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free consultation about how our team can help you in the aftermath of a whiplash-causing accident.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury attorney in Powell, call (614) 538-1116
Dangerous Driving Can Cause Severe Collisions
Whiplash may indicate that your vehicle was struck at a significant speed rate. Drivers who collide with other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists at significant speeds may do so because they are engaged in one or more dangerous driving behaviors.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates several motorist behaviors as “risky.” Some of those behaviors are:
- Driving while drunk
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Driving while tired
- Driving while distracted
- Tailgating and other aggressive driving behaviors
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notes that distracted driving was the cause of more than 2,800 traffic deaths and more than 400,000 injuries in 2018. A distracted driver raises their risk of striking the vehicle in front of them each time they take their eyes off the road.
Distracted driving behaviors include:
- Reading text messages while driving
- Sending text messages while driving
- Monitoring social media while driving
- Posting on social media while driving
- Recording videos or photographs while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
Your Whiplash May Warrant Legal Action
You generally have two options for seeking compensation after an accident. They are:
- An insurance claim
- A lawsuit
You might first try to obtain fair compensation through insurance, as it is generally the more traditional route to compensation after a collision. A lawyer can help you file and complete your claim. If an insurance claim does not result in the compensation that you need or feel entitled to collect, you may consider initiating a lawsuit.
Your lawyer can handle the legal aspects of your case, file your lawsuit and advance it to completion. The goal of your lawsuit may be to obtain fair compensation for your losses. Some damages you may be able to recover include:
- The cost of treating your whiplash and other accident-related injuries
- Lost income
- Any permanent disability resulting from your accident
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of psychological treatment
- Secondary consequences of your injuries, such as lost professional or personal opportunities
- Any other damages you suffered because of your accident
Your lawyer can provide legal services, counseling, and defense of your rights throughout your insurance claim or lawsuit.
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Call Bressman Law Today About Your Whiplash Accident Case
Hiring a Powell whiplash accident lawyer may serve your interests and could allow you to avoid stresses that come with an insurance claim or lawsuit. Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free consultation about pursuing compensation for your losses.