Whiplash is the rapid back and forth strain of your neck that can occur due to slip and falls or rear-end car collisions, which is the more common culprit for this injury. It also ranges from minor to severe, involving muscle lacerations and even neck dislocation. The pain associated with whiplash is serious and can require long mending times, even creating chronic issues in the future if left untreated.
If you are suffering from whiplash due to the negligence of another person or entity and want help filing a compensation claim or lawsuit, contact the office of Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557, and let one of our Cleveland whiplash accident lawyers help guide the legal process. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to serve you on your case and work toward a fair settlement while you mend.
The symptoms that come with whiplash can go beyond just pain and strain in the neck. Depending on the severity of the incident and what part of your neck suffers the strain, you may experience further complications as the integrity of your muscles and tendons have become compromised.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms usually develop rapidly but can slowly worsen, causing more and more pain. These symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:
- Headaches resonating from the area of strain
- Upper back, shoulder, and head pain
- Soreness, tingling, or numbness in the arms
- Concentration issues
- Blurry vision
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms after a traumatic experience that has caused you bodily harm, seek a medical professional’s help. Do not wait. Not only will this establish a medical record that you can use in your personal injury claim, but there may also be underlying concerns that need the immediate attention of a medical professional.
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Proving Negligence in a Whiplash Case
When filing a personal injury claim you must be prepared to prove that the person, or entity, you are demanding damages from, is no less than 51 percent responsible, per Ohio Revised Code § 2315.33. You must prove that they failed to uphold their responsibility of safety, or duty, of care. This makes them the negligent party.
Common types of negligence in these cases are:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted drivers
- Following too closely
- Faulty equipment or brakes
Whiplash Accidents and the Statute of Limitations
These cases follow the statute of limitations as described in Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10. The statute of limitations is the time frame you have to file the claim from when the negligence took place. The Ohio code allows two years from this point to file a whiplash accident claim.
There are some exceptions that extend the statute of limitations, per Ohio Revised Code § 2305.16. These exceptions are referred to as “tolling.” In the case the plaintiff is a minor, they may have two years from the date they turn 18. If a defendant flees or is incarcerated, or if someone is suffering from mental instability, the statute may toll. A lawyer can help you determine if any exceptions apply to your whiplash accident.
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How a Cleveland Whiplash Accident Lawyer Can Assist You
No matter the reason behind your personal injury claim, the laws are complex. Most cases involve insurance companies who have teams of attorneys representing them with the intent to lower, and possibly even eliminate, a settlement against them.
Lawyers Offer Support
Ben Crump Law, PLLC will work to support you and your case while you mend. Furthermore, we are able to work through legal challenges as they arise, which you may be unfamiliar with. We can organize the details of your claim in a way that highlights why you need, and deserve, the compensation you are after.
Negotiating Your Settlement
Insurance lawyers are tough and they know the law. Our experience with handling insurance companies in and out of the courtroom can reduce the stress you might otherwise feel. We know how to find weaknesses in their arguments and how to calculate compensation based on the evidence. Compensation for damages varies from case to case and knowing what to look for on a case by case basis is our job.
Moreover, hiring a Cleveland whiplash attorney to manage and negotiate your claim can provide you the space and time you need to focus on healing. Call our office today and let Ben Crump Law, PLLC work on recovering your losses.
Potential Damages You Can Receive from a Cleveland Whiplash Accident
Various sections of Ohio Revised Code § 2315 explain compensatory damages as they pertain to personal injury laws and claims. When we calculate compensation, we will review your economic and non-economic losses.
Economic Loss Compensation
This is the evaluated loss of money caused by the accident. This includes:
- Property damage and replacement
- Medical treatment
- Medical bills
- Lost work wages
Non-Economic Loss Compensation
There are a lot of ways to calculate non-economic losses and, and lawyers may do so with the help of medical professionals and economists. A lawyer can help you determine how your losses relate to potential compensation.
Non-economic loss compensation for Cleveland whiplash accidents are:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of sexual relationship or consortium
- Loss of the ability to care or mentor
Working as your advisors, we will make sure you understand how these compensations relate to you. We understand what goes into building the evidence to prove your losses.
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Hiring a Cleveland Whiplash Accident Lawyer
Do not underestimate the effects of your whiplash accident, physically or mentally. Many elements are at play when getting a fair and just settlement. Furthermore, facing these types of personal injury claims alone adds pressure to an already stressful situation.
If you allowing our team to guide and advise, we will work hard to argue for awards that meet your financial needs. You do not need to struggle with a lack of legal knowledge, even if you only try to negotiate out of court.
Contact the law offices of Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at ((800) 598-7557 for a free consultation on your whiplash accident case. We go above and beyond to fight for justice, even if the case seems tough. We do not get paid until you do, so you do not have to let money stop you. Call now.