Neck Injuries, Including Whiplash
Get a car accident lawyer who knows how to handle your injury claim
Neck injuries are among the most common car accident injuries people sustain in an accident. They’re also among the most misunderstood injuries. Some people think such injuries, including whiplash, are not that serious. We know the truth. We know that whiplash and other neck injuries are often much more serious than people realize.
If you sustained a neck injury in a car accident caused by another driver, you need to make sure you get the proper medical care. You should also not have to worry about how to pay for your medical expenses. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side standing up for your rights.
We know what to do at The Longo Firm, LLC in Colorado Springs. That’s because attorney Stephen A. Longo and his talented legal team have years of experience handling complex cases. We know what evidence to look for. We know what questions to ask. Most importantly, we have the competitive drive you need to succeed.
What is whiplash?
No discussion about neck injuries sustained in a car accident would be complete without talking about whiplash, the most common and most misunderstood neck injury. Whiplash is a type of neck sprain often caused a person’s head being violent whipped back and forth.
Whiplash injuries can occur in any type of car accident, but they’re especially common in rear-end accidents and head-on collisions. That’s because the force of such accidents often whips a person’s head and neck violently forward and backward.
Some people – and insurance companies – think whiplash is not a serious injury. As a result, it’s common for whiplash claims to be rejected. When this happens, it’s critical you take strong legal action to demand the money you rightfully deserve. That’s why it’s important to have an experience lawyer on your side, standing up for your rights.
What are common neck injuries?
Whiplash is just one type of neck injury often sustained in an accident. Other common car accident neck injuries include:
- Neck strain or sprain injuries.
- Damage to the neck muscles, ligaments or connective tissue, including soft tissue damage.
- Bone fractures in the neck.
- Fractured vertebrae in the neck.
- Disc injuries in the neck, including a slipped disc.
- Cuts (lacerations) to the neck due to broken glass or other sharp objects.
Whatever type of neck injury you sustained in an accident, make sure you take your symptoms seriously right from the start. Seek immediate medical attention. Then talk to a lawyer to learn more about the legal options available to you.
How do I know if I have a neck injury?
The only way to know for sure if you have a neck injury is to have a doctor examine you and diagnose exactly what’s wrong. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Have a medical professional examine you and run the proper diagnostic tests, including taking an X-Ray in many cases.
It’s also important to keep in mind that many neck injuries take several days to develop. As a result, you might feel fine right after your accident, but several days later you might start to notice pain in your neck or other common symptoms, including decreased neck mobility or severe headaches.
How much is my injury claim worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to neck injury claims. Some might be worth thousands of dollars. Others might be worth significantly more. What matters most is you should be paid for all your accident-related expenses, including medical bills and replacement income if you cannot work during your recovery.
It’s also important that your injury claim includes future anticipated expenses. This is common in cases involving neck injuries, in which you might need follow-up medical care, follow-up surgery and physical therapy due to chronic pain often associated with neck injuries.
Don’t be surprised if the at fault driver’s insurance company makes a settlement offer that does not take into account future expenses. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider any offer before agreeing to accept it. An experienced lawyer can review any offers you receive and help you decide if you should accept it or ask for more money.
What if an insurance company rejects my whiplash claim?
Along with making low settlement offers, insurance companies sometimes reject accident claims, especially in cases involving whiplash neck injuries. When this happens, it’s important to take certain steps to protect your rights and explore other available options. Such steps often include:
- Do not respond directly to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the insurance company contacts you, you do not have to answer their questions. Anything you say or write could be used as evidence to deny your claim.
- Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions. Failure to do so could be used as further evidence that you don’t actually have whiplash or another type of neck injury.
- Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights.
Experienced attorneys know how to respond to whiplash injury claims denied by insurance companies. Your lawyer can work with you to build a strong legal case and demand the money you rightfully deserve for your accident.
Demand justice after your accident. Contact our law firm.
Experience matters when it comes to choosing the right law firm to represent you if you’re dealing with serious neck injury sustained in an accident. Attorney Stephen Longo has the knowledge and the expertise you need to succeed. In case after case, he consistently obtains large settlements and sizable verdicts for clients. Case results truly matter here.
Your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding reckless drivers and insurance companies accountable. It’s about making sure you receive the compensation you deserve so you can get the medical care you need. It’s about justice.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation right now. We can answer your questions, explain your options and get right to work on your neck injury claim.