After a collision, fender bender, or severe accident, whiplash can leave you feeling stiff, sore, and in pain. Whiplash is a prevalent injury to sustain after a variety of accidents. However, a whiplash injury can become a significant and sometimes chronic issue if it’s not treated appropriately and promptly. Victims of whiplash injuries face many challenges when seeking appropriate compensation for their injuries. Fortunately, our team of experienced lawyers at James H. Brown and Associates is here for you and your family. Below we’ll discuss what’s considered a whiplash injury, how you can prove you’ve suffered from whiplash, and how James H. Brown and Associates is here to help! Keep reading to find out more!
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a broad term that includes both neck sprains and strains. It is often caused by a sudden back-and-forth snapping of the neck, as you might see in a car accident, especially in rear-ending accidents. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury, which means that the damage to the neck muscles will likely not appear in an x-ray. A few common symptoms of whiplash are stiff neck, dizziness, and pain throughout the neck and shoulders. While it can be a relatively minor injury that can heal with time and rest, there may be long-term damage to the neck in many cases. That damage can make performing your daily tasks and routines challenging. If you or a loved one has suffered from a whiplash injury, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.
When it comes to proving whiplash for your personal injury claim, it’s best to utilize the assistance of an experienced lawyer. A personal injury lawyer like James H. Brown and Associates will assist you in gathering the necessary medical records and police reports needed to understand the full extent of your injuries. In addition, James H. Brown and Associates utilizes specialists, like accident reconstruction engineers, to build up your whiplash claim so that you can receive the full settlement you deserve. While not every whiplash claim will result in court dates, there are a few key factors the court will review before deciding which party is at fault for your injuries. These factors may include:
- Speed and direction of the vehicles involved in the accident
- If the victim was wearing their seatbelt
- If the accident caused airbags to be deployed
- If head and neck restraints were utilized by emergency personnel
Whiplash can be a severe medical condition that requires a significant amount of recovery time. Due to the nature of whiplash injuries, it’s critical that you’re adequately diagnosed by a medical professional. Fortunately, James H. Brown and Associates’ team of experienced personal injury lawyers can assist you throughout the entire duration of your claim. That way, we can ensure you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Have You Received Adequate Compensation?
Many times after a significant accident, victims only uncover the full extent of their injury much later. This occurs because many injuries, like whiplash, may not begin to show symptoms until after some time. When this happens, many victims realize that the insurer’s accident benefits are insufficient to cover their incurred damages. To determine if you’ve received adequate compensation to cover all of your medical care and loss of income, you’ll need to consult an experienced lawyer.
Unfortunately, many claims adjusters will attempt to minimize your payout by failing to assess your injuries fully. If this has happened to you, with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can dispute with the insurer. While there’s no exact formula for determining how much compensation you’re entitled to after a whiplash injury, an injury lawyer from James H. Brown and Associates can advise you. Our team can determine what would be considered a reasonable range based on the facts of your case and our experts’ advice.
The Whiplash Hotline is Here for You
In Alberta, the motor vehicle accident law has become an increasingly complicated matter that you shouldn’t manage alone. Many whiplash injuries are included under Alberta’s Minor Injury Regulations and the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols. Which collectively “cap” or limit the general damages for Grade I and II sprains, strains, and whiplash injuries sustained from an accident. However, not all whiplash injuries are capped and you shouldn’t assume that your case will be capped right away. Whiplash injury law is complex and constantly evolving, so it’s best to get a current and accurate legal opinion from the expert injury law team at James H. Brown and Associates.
Before you rely on what your insurance company tells you, obtain sound legal advice from James H. Brown and Associates first! To best protect you and your loved ones after a whiplash injury, you need to work with a team of professionals that understand firsthand the many challenges accident victims face. With over 250 years of combined injury law experience and a record of success, our team of lawyers is here to help you navigate the complex world of whiplash injury settlements. Our whiplash hotline is also available and is dedicated to assisting victims of whiplash injuries sustained as a result of a car accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a whiplash injury after a motor vehicle accident, contact James H. Brown and Associates today. Let our team help you get the justice and compensation you need to focus on your recovery!