Whiplash is a typical injury that often occurs in a rear-end collision. If your vehicle was struck from behind, your neck may have been injured when your head quickly moved forward and then backward. The impact may have caused soft tissue injuries that led to neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as other symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches.
Sometimes whiplash is minor, but in other cases, it causes severe and chronic pain that makes it difficult or impossible for a person to work and to perform regular activities. If you have whiplash, you may need to visit a chiropractor several times per week for several months.
You may eventually make a full recovery and be able to return to the life you had before the accident, or your injuries may prevent that from happening. You may have a permanent reduction in your range of motion and may only be able to perform light duty or to work part-time. That may lead to a significant reduction in your income compared to what you earned prior to the accident.
The pain, the inability to do things you need and want to do, the medical bills, and the loss of income may be having a profound effect on you mentally and emotionally. You may be feeling depressed because of the pain and loss of independence and anxious about your family’s finances. You may be struggling to get by and may have no idea how to cover the medical bills and stay afloat financially without your income.
A Charlotte whiplash accident lawyer may be able to assist you. Ben Crump Law, PLLC has represented people across the United States who were hurt in car crashes and helped them seek justice. You may consider pursuing damages through a personal injury lawsuit against the person who hit you and seek a financial award to compensate you for your past and future medical bills, lost income, lost or reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Call our office at (800) 598-7557 to speak with a member of our staff.
What a Charlotte Whiplash Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Do for You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can review the accident report and speak with you, any other people who were in the car with you at the time of the crash, and any witnesses who saw what happened. In most cases, when one driver rear-ends another vehicle, the driver of the vehicle in the back is liable for the collision and any resulting injuries.
Claims related to whiplash may be expensive since a victim may need to receive treatment frequently over a long period of time and may make a significant claim for medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies want to maximize their profits by minimizing their payouts.
Since whiplash is not visible on an X-ray, insurance companies often question the truthfulness of people who report that they have suffered whiplash. The insurance company representing the person who hit you may claim that you are exaggerating the extent of your injuries. An adjuster may claim that your pain is not as severe as you say it is or that you can do more than you say you can. The insurer may refuse to fully cover treatment that your doctor believes is medically necessary. The insurance company may even claim that you are lying and that you were not hurt at all and may deny your claim altogether.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC we can review your medical records and consult independent medical experts to better understand the nature and severity of your injuries. Experts can review test results and records related to your care and provide their own assessments of your condition, the type of treatment you need, how often you will require treatment and for how long, and how the accident may affect you over the long term.
Armed with that information, our team can attempt to come to an agreement with the insurance company. If the insurer is unwilling to acknowledge the seriousness of your injuries or refuses to agree to a settlement that we consider reasonable, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
That may spur the insurance company to reconsider its position, and we may be able to come to an agreement. If not, we may take your case to trial to seek a financial award that we believe will fairly compensate you for the losses you have suffered and will continue to experience in the future.
The insurance company may argue that you caused the accident, or that you were at least partly responsible. Because of North Carolina’s contributory negligence law, you may be ineligible for compensation if you are found to be even one percent liable for the accident that caused your injuries. Our team can conduct a detailed investigation and uncover as much information as possible to demonstrate that the driver who hit you was liable for the crash and to get you the compensation that you deserve.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury lawyer serving Charlotte, call 800-959-1444
Contact a Charlotte Whiplash Accident Lawyer
According to North Carolina General Statutes (GS) §1-52, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is three years. It may take our team months to investigate the circumstances surrounding the car accident, review your medical records, consult medical experts, and file a lawsuit.
Once we have done all that, it may take several months, and possibly even years, for the case to reach a conclusion. If you seek a large amount of compensation, the insurance company may drag out the process, file numerous motions, and take the case to trial to avoid paying a large settlement. If you win in court, the insurance company may file an appeal.
While all of that is going on, your medical bills may continue to pile up, you may be unable to work, and your family may fall farther behind financially. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557 so we get to work on your behalf as soon as possible.