The Stigma Connected To Whiplash Injuries
The term “Whiplash” tends to conjure images of an accident victim limping into a courtroom and wearing a neck brace to exaggerate the extent of their injuries. Unfortunately, personal injury claims that involve Whiplash injuries have developed a poor reputation among insurance providers, defense attorneys, and general consumers regardless of the fact that it is a serious condition that has the potential to cause permanent impairments. If you sustain Whiplash injury as a result of another party’s reckless or negligent behavior, the experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at FAST HELP can help you overcome this stigma and seek compensation for your damages.
Whiplash and Personal Injury Claims
One of the problems Whiplash victims face when filing a personal injury claim is proving that their condition is real and that it exists as a direct result of the other party’s actions. Unlike fractured bones, soft-tissue damage does not always appear on an X-ray scan and may not become noticeable for several days or weeks after an accident occurs. Because of this, insurance companies are quick to scrutinize the extent and credibility of a personal injury claim that cites Whiplash injury.
If you are involved in an accident, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your ability to pursue compensation for potential injuries or damages. Even if you do not feel pain right away, it does not meant that have not been injured. Consider the following recommendations that can help you prove your case:
Contact the police right away. The first step toward proving an accident took place and that you are in pain or injured is to alert the authorities immediately. Police can create and provide you with an official accident record that can be used in court.
Document the accident. If you are in a safe location after a car accident occurs and are physically able to leave your vehicle, try to record the extent of the accident using your smart phone device. Take images of your vehicle’s damage, the area of impact on the other driver’s vehicle, road debris, and any noticeable injuries you may have.
Do not speak to the other driver or admit fault. Anything you say can be used against you in court so it is better to refrain from communicating with the other driver or admitting to anything when speaking with the authorities. Make sure to be honest if the police ask you a question, but do not offer admittance or take responsibility for the accident.
Seek medical attention. Having a doctor evaluate your condition within 48 hours of a car accident is crucial for proving a personal injury claim. Providing an official medical record that is created right after an accident occurs proves that your injuries are directly related to the collision and did not stem from other events.
Keep track of your expenses. Make sure you keep a running record of your medical bills, prescription costs, missed wages, and any other out-of-pocket expenses that relate to your accident.
Contact FAST HELP
If you sustain Whiplash injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless behavior, contact the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at FAST HELP for immediate support. We can help evaluate the details pertaining to your accident and provide guidance around your ability to seek compensation. FAST HELP offers free consultations so that you can understand your rights and know how to move forward. Dial (404) 592-0318 to speak with an attorney 24/7.