Suffering from Whiplash After a Car Crash?
Our NC Car Accident Lawyer Explains Your Compensation Options
Whiplash is a form of neck sprain that is often associated with car accidents, although it can result from other accidents as well. This kind of sprain occurs when the neck is moved quickly back and then forward, causing overextension of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissue. Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries, and can result in ongoing pain as well as other complications. Still, it is difficult to prove by medical tests. Unlike with broken bones, x-rays cannot show the damage. Therefore, car crash victims may find it difficult to recover compensation for these injuries from insurance companies. However, a qualified car accident lawyer can help you get the settlement you deserve for whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.
If you or someone that you love suffered a whiplash injury in an accident caused by another motorist, then a car accident lawyer from our law firm may be able to help. At Riddle & Brantley, our North Carolina whiplash injury attorneys understand that nearly everyone suffers emotionally and financially following an auto accident. We have helped numerous injury victims receive compensation benefits for their losses and damages, including soft tissue injuries. At our law firm, we believe that justice counts, and have obtained many fair settlements and verdicts for our clients.
We have successfully handled thousands of these claims over the last thirty plus years. Some of these cases are small injuries and some are very serious. Some injured victims get a few treatments and others undergo more than one major surgery to alleviate neck symptoms and pain. As a result, some of our clients fully recover within days and some never recover to their pre-accident level of health. The health of our clients is most important to us. We treat every case based on the specific injuries involved and encourage our clients to focus on recovery first. After recovery, we focus our efforts on fair compensation for our clients whether we settle through negotiation or whether we must seek the wisdom of the court and the fairness of the jury.
What Causes Whiplash During Car Crashes?
The sudden impact of a car accident, especially a rear end collision, often results in whiplash injuries. The force of such unexpected deceleration may jerk your head back and then forward uncontrollably. Safety devices such as seat belts and airbags may protect you from more serious car accident injuries. However, these restraints cannot always prevent whiplash, and can sometimes contribute to it.
Whiplash can result from any type of car crash, including:
- Fixed object collisions
- Head on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rear end collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Side impact collisions
- Truck accidents
After being involved in one of these types of accidents, there are several signs and symptoms individuals should pay attention to.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash?
Typically, the symptoms of whiplash will appear within 24 hours of the car crash but in rare cases this may also take several days. These symptoms may persist, although it is also common for some of these effects to alleviate and return within a few days. Without treatment and rest, it is possible for some symptoms to last for weeks or months. If whiplash occurs along with other injuries, such as a concussion, then full recovery may take some time.
Some common signs and symptoms of whiplash include:
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Concentration problems
- Light sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Neck pains
- Numbness in the hands
- Numbness in the arms
- Shoulder pains
- Stiff neck
Following a car accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not experience any of these symptoms right away. The adrenaline from car crashes often masks the effects of whiplash and other injuries at first. However, prompt medical diagnosis and treatment is vital for your health and your future personal injury claim. A doctor’s opinion is often the best evidence for whiplash injuries, which do not appear on x-rays or other scans. Prompt treatment can assist an experienced attorney in developing a robust case against the negligent driver.
What Damages May Be Available for Whiplash?
After a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries and other damages through a car insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury verdict or settlement is intended to assist you financially to recover or live with the injuries that were caused by that person’s negligence. Some personal injury damages that may be available for whiplash include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Our lawyers have assisted many individuals in recovering the damages they deserve after car accidents, including those suffering from whiplash. We are prepared to fight for your rights today.
Car Crash Cause Whiplash? Contact a North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Today
Whiplash can be a serious injury that may cause pain for months or years after a car crash. However, insurance companies rarely acknowledge the true cost of soft tissue injuries like whiplash, and therefore may deny your claim. Having an experienced car accident lawyer on your side can help ensure that you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.
At the law offices of Riddle & Brantley, our whiplash injury attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only pay if we obtain a successful recovery for you. By doing so, we make our services available to all injury victims during their time of need, regardless of their current financial situation. We also proudly offer free, no obligation evaluations, to help determine the merits of your personal injury claim.
With offices in Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Kinston, and Raleigh, our team is able to serve victims in need throughout the entire state of North Carolina. To begin exploring your legal options, call (800) 525-7111 or complete our online evaluation form.