Whiplash is often the most common injury sustained after a car accident. Whiplash, occurs frequently in automobile accidents. Even in low impact collisions, whiplash can occur. However, those injured are often not given credit by insurance companies. In fact, such injuries are often marginalized and downgraded. When in fact, those suffering from whiplash are often seriously hurt. Learn about how whiplash occurs after a car accident and get a better understanding of your whiplash claim.
How Whiplash injuries take place from a a car accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, then whiplash is likely an element of your claim. Forces during and after impact, propel you forward and then violently slam you back against your seat. These counter-forces are essentially how whiplash takes place. However, what is not discussed is just how devastating these injuries can be. Why? Because most whiplash injuries are internal. Insurance companies will classify these types of cases as MIST cases. MIST is an acronym, which means minor impact soft tissue.
Since these injuries do not show signs of breakage, insurance companies will routinely deny or limit your claim. Although, it has been documented that whiplash can cause significant neck, back and head injuries. These types of injuries can push the spine out of alignment, cause extensive soreness in your back and in some cases cause head injuries.
Head trauma can be caused when counter forces occur. These forces can cause traumatic brain or head injuries in victims. In order to substantiate a head injury you will need to have a proper evaluation by a neurologist. This type of evaluation is required in order to determine whether or not a head injury actually took place.
What is the value of my case – average lawsuit settlement for whiplash injuries
Value depends on a few different factors. First, you look at the extent of injuries. How bad were you injured? Each type of injury can have a different impact. For example a head injury can be a serious and permanent condition. Thus, it will be considered a high value claim. If you have bruising or tenderness, then the value will be different.
It is almost impossible to put a dollar value on a claim. In fact this should be a red flag, if you ever hear an attorney place a dollar value on your claim be suspicious. In order to truly understand the value of your claim, look at all the factors. This includes the extent of your injuries, loss of work, income and so on. These factors are all considered in your personal injury claim in order to determine value.
Other elements used to evaluate a claim include whether you have any future medical care. Future medical care is often an issue that needs to be litigated. Insurance companies will not agree to pay future medical care. However, future medical care is an essential element to your claim. If you have long lasting injuries, then future medical care is almost critical in your recovery.
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