Whiplash is a specific type of neck injury that happens when the neck is forcefully moved in a jerky back and forth motion. It is also called cervicalgia or neck sprain/strain. It most commonly occurs as a result of a rear-end car accident, but can also result from a sports injury, rollercoaster ride, a blow to the head or even a slip and fall accident. Recovering from a whiplash injury takes time and can be slow. It may affect your ability to work and have a detrimental effect on your expenses and quality of life. These are just a few reasons why those who have suffered a whiplash injury will file a lawsuit to try and obtain compensation for the injury.
The State of Wisconsin allows accident victims to sue for a whiplash injury under personal injury laws. Lawsuits typically seek to obtain compensation to help the victim pay for the costs associated with the injury such as medical costs, lost work, and pain and suffering.
In most situations, the auto insurance company of the driver who was responsible for the accident will end up paying the whiplash settlement. However, this is not always the case. Depending on the circumstances, other parties can be held liable for the accident and may be required to pay compensation.
Whiplash is a tricky injury. Perhaps the accident seemed like no more than a fender bender. You might be inclined to shrug off your sore neck, thinking it will heal with time. If it’s whiplash, that may not happen. Whiplash injuries are notorious for becoming worse as time goes on. It can take weeks, months, and even years for victims to understand the full impact of their neck injuries. Ongoing pain, restricted movement, and even seemingly unrelated conditions like headaches, and neck, jaw, or shoulder pain have all been traced back to whiplash in some instances.
Our attorneys always recommend that anyone involved in a car accident be seen by a doctor afterward just to check for hidden injuries or injuries that could become worse over time. Not only can this help prevent an injury from getting worse, the examination can also be used to help prove your case, if you do decide to file a lawsuit.
Just because you have a sore neck after an accident does not mean its whiplash and it does not mean you will be able to receive compensation from a whiplash lawsuit. The best way to determine if you have a whiplash case is to consult a personal injury attorney who is familiar with car accidents and auto insurance practices. An attorney can help you determine who should be held responsible for your injury and how much compensation to claim.
Eisenberg Law Offices offers free consultations to help car accident victims find out if they have a case and what a fair settlement amount would be. If you have been injured in an accident and want to learn more about your options, contact our team in Madison at 608-256-8356 or email us at Info@eisenberglaw.org to arrange your free consultation.
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