Can You Receive Compensation for a Whiplash Injury?

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck injury that is usually caused by a forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck. It can occur in various sports scenarios, but it is most commonly seen in car accident victims. The force of this motion causes damage to the ligaments and muscles in the neck. This can cause neck pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, headaches and other symptoms. Usually these symptoms dissipate within a few weeks, but sometimes they can cause long-term problems.

Is it a “Real Injury?”

Whiplash is a true medical condition caused by soft tissue trauma. It might be diagnosed as a cervical strain, muscle strain, or just as a soft tissue injury. These injuries are not visible on an MRI or other scans, so a doctor will have to diagnose it by examining you. Your doctor will determine what treatment plan is the best option for your particular injury.

Can I Receive Compensation for this Injury?

You can certainly seek compensation for a whiplash injury sustained in an accident. First, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You should also consult with a personal injury attorney experienced with car accident cases. Be careful not to accept an offer of compensation from the insurance company before consulting with your attorney. Insurance companies are notorious for offering car accident victims far less than the compensation they need to cover their medical treatment and other damages. Instead, let your attorney communicate with the insurance company and work out a fair settlement for your damages.

“Whiplash is a very real injury that can cause victims a great deal of pain and inconvenience. If you have suffered whiplash in an auto accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You should also consult a personal injury attorney to discuss your case,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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