Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.  This soft-tissue injury occurs when the muscles and tendons in the neck are extended and contracted in quick sequence, almost like the cracking of a whip.  Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury is also a common result of a sports accident, high impact activities where extreme acceleration and then extreme deceleration is present, physical abuse or other trauma.  Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include headaches, neck pain, and stiffness. Most people with whiplash fully recover within a few months after a course of treatments. Some people experience chronic neck pain and other persistent complications due to the injury.

If you were involved in an accident, particularly a rear-end car accident, there is a good chance you have whiplash.

 What are the Symptoms and Side Effects of Whiplash?

Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include headaches, neck pain, weakness, dizziness, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the neck.

Whiplash can also cause more severe side effects, including:

  • Disturbances in sleep
  • Irritability
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry or impaired vision
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Depression

Regardless of the intensity of your symptoms, you may be able to file an auto accident personal injury claim to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages. more information

If you decide to pursue a claim, personal injury attorneys at Amerberg Law Group will be there with you every step of the way.  Below are a few steps that we recommend following to improve the chance of a successful claim.

Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible:

Whiplash can be a very serious injury, and seeking treatment right away could speed up your recovery.

Even if you are not in pain or experiencing other symptoms of whiplash it is crucial to seek medical attention.  Symptoms of whiplash do not always appear right away.  It may be hours or days after an accident that you start to notice the symptoms.  In a high stress accident or situation, symptoms are masked by your own body.  Adrenaline and cortisol are often released into your blood stream by your brain during an accident or high intensity circumstances and they could mask your symptoms.  

Luckily, a skilled medical professional will know how to determine signs of whiplash even if you do not notice your symptoms right away.  By seeking medical attention, you will be able to start the recovery process quickly, and more effectively.  

By getting treatment immediately, it also helps to legitimize a potential personal injury claim.  Insurance companies are less likely to be suspicious or deny a claim if the injured party does everything they can to seek treatment.  For some reason whiplash claims are often looked at with suspicion, no matter how severe the injury.  Immediate treatment and documentation of the injury and diagnosis will help your legal team at Amerberg Law Group prove your case.  It is also important that you visit a credible medical facility or doctor.  The credibility of your doctor or medical facility may make it easier to deal with insurance companies regarding your personal injury case.  

If you are asked to undergo an independent medical examination by an insurance adjuster, make sure to contact your legal counsel before agreeing.  Independent Medical Examiners are often chosen by insurance adjusters because their conclusions seem to err on the side of the insurance company, and that could potentially hinder the success of your personal injury claim.  

If Necessary, File an Insurance Claim as Soon as Possible:

The sooner you file an insurance claim, the better your chances of receiving compensation will be.  Insurance companies tend to have a lot of time limits that must be met to file a claim. You will want to avoid potentially missing any deadlines the insurance company has for starting a claim by filing one as soon as your accident or injury occurs.

It is best to only discuss facts with insurance adjusters.  You do not want to hurt your chances or receiving compensation for your injury by overstating or minimizing the severity of your injuries.  The police statements and reports, and your medical records will provide the adjuster with most of the other information he or she may need.

Compile as Much Evidence as Possible:

It is very important to keep and organize any documentation that you are given regarding your injury.  Having documentation from qualified medical professionals and billing statements can go a long way in proving how much compensation you are entitled to.    

Documentation that may be Necessary for your Claim:

  • Documentation of all hospital and doctor’s office visits
  • Documentation of missed time at work
  • Police report about the crash (if applicable)
  • Bills and receipts for all medical expenses
  • Pictures from the scene of the accident
  • Pictures of your injuries
  • X-rays
  • MRIs
  • CT scans

While you and your attorney are compiling the information listed above, more than likely the insurance company you are dealing with is also organizing and obtaining information about you and your injury.  Personal injury cases can take time to conclude and during that time your actions could have a negative effect on your case.  It is important to make sure you keep any appointments with your medical providers and follow all recommendations regarding activity restriction and treatments.  Your qualified attorney at Amerberg Law Group may suggest that you are very careful about social media posts because they are often used by insurance companies as evidence to avoid paying injury victims.  They could obtain pictures that may not clearly reflect your activity level and use them to cast doubt on the extent of your injuries.  They could also argue that you are not following medical professionals’ recommendation to avoid strenuous activity.  Even seemingly harmless social media posts could have potentially negative effects on your claim.   

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Amerberg Law Group if you have sustained a whiplash injury or are having trouble with an insurance company.  Our dedicated attorneys want to work for and with you to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.  

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