Bressman Law knows how difficult it can be to recover compensation for an injury like whiplash. Insurance companies have a tendency to try to minimize the serious nature of whiplash claims and treat such injuries as though they are not “real” injuries.
But you should not let the insurer’s behavior stop you. You deserve compensation for your injury. A whiplash accident lawyer in Gahanna, OH at Bressman Law can help you recover it.
Call us today at 877-538-1116 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
Recovering Compensation for the Effects of a Whiplash Injury
One reason insurers do not take whiplash seriously is that sufferers do not always report an injury at the scene of the accident. The headaches, limited range of motion, and pain in the upper back, neck, and shoulders may not show up until hours or even days after the accident.
Protect Your Right to Compensation, Go to the Doctor Immediately
To ensure your recovery, rule out a more serious cause of your pain and stiffness, document your injuries, and protect your right to compensation, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
Treatment for a Whiplash Injury
For most people, whiplash requires over-the-counter pain relief and rest. You may miss work because of your pain and limited range of motion, but most people recover within a few weeks.
Occasionally, some people suffer more serious soft tissue injuries that call for more intensive treatment. This can put you out of work for months, and may require:
- Prescription painkillers;
- Muscle relaxers and other prescription drugs; and
- Regular physical therapy.
You should keep seeing your doctor until she releases you. This ensures you get the best treatment possible and helps us document the severity of your injuries.
Although it is rare, whiplash can develop into a debilitating chronic pain condition that affects the neck, shoulders, upper back, and head. If physical therapy does not help you heal from whiplash and you continue to experience symptoms, you may require ongoing treatment with prescription pain medications. Some people cannot return to work, and this type of injury leads to a life of impairment. If you suffer long-term complications because of whiplash, you deserve full compensation for the expenses you will face in the future.
A Range of Damages May Be Available After a Whiplash Accident
Whiplash can have serious short- and long-term effects. You may have thousands of dollars in medical bills and be unable to work or even sleep for weeks or months after your accident. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Your medical bills (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
We can help you understand the full range of damages you experienced and try to help you recover the compensation you need to make things right again.
Proving Your Gahanna Whiplash Case
Whiplash accidents often occur because one motorist acted negligently, usually by plowing into the back of another vehicle. If we can prove another driver caused your accident, we can hold him liable for your damages. However, there are a number of complexities associated with proving and winning a whiplash case.
We have the knowledge and resources needed to investigate, analyze, and present a solid case for compensation. This includes understanding exactly how and why your accident occurred and documenting your pain and other symptoms using your medical records and other documents. With the information gained from a full investigation into your accident and the resulting damages, we can often prove:
- The at-fault motorist had a duty to follow all applicable traffic laws, such as those designed to prevent rear-end collisions;
- The driver failed to follow traffic laws and put you in the path of unreasonable harm (e.g., the driver was following you too closely);
- This action or inaction behind the wheel directly led to your accident and whiplash injuries; and
- You suffered injuries that required medical care and led to other compensable damages.
We can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf. In this claim, we will outline our case against the policyholder and explain your full range of damages. While insurance companies rarely pay out what we demand in this initial claim, we can usually negotiate a fair settlement based on the facts of your case.
If the insurance company denies your claim, balks at our calculated fair value, or refuses a fair settlement, we are not afraid to litigate any case we handle. We can file a lawsuit and take your case to court. We will represent you throughout this process, fighting for the full compensation you deserve.
Discuss Your Case with a Whiplash Accident Lawyer Today
The Bressman Law team believes you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, no matter how trivial the insurance company might claim they are. We will defend you against any tactics the insurer might use to devalue or deny your case and fight to get you the full value of your damages.
Call us at 877-538-1116 for a free case evaluation today.