If you were involved in a rear-end collision and you were diagnosed with whiplash, you may be suffering from pain, stiffness, and headaches weeks or months later. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that people who have been involved in car accidents experience, according to the Mayo Clinic.
You may have limited mobility and may be struggling to work and to perform ordinary household tasks. It may be difficult to turn your head to the side, and lifting objects, even relatively light ones, may be challenging. You may be experiencing other symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches.
Those problems may be making it difficult or impossible for you to work. You may be receiving chiropractic treatments several times per week, and the bills may be piling up quickly. Those expenses, combined with the sudden loss of your income, may be causing your family to struggle financially. You may be experiencing stress and anxiety and feel that your relationships with your loved ones are becoming strained.
An Oklahoma City whiplash lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented people all over the United States who were hurt in motor vehicle crashes and helped them seek justice. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit you. Call our office at (800) 598-7557 for your free consultation.
Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury that victims of rear-end collisions may experience. If the impact causes a person’s head to move forward and backward quickly, that can overextend the ligaments and soft tissues in the neck.
People who have suffered whiplash often do not have symptoms right away. They may begin to experience back and neck pain or headaches hours or days after the accident. The pain may be mild or intense.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury lawyer serving Oklahoma City, call (800) 598-7557
Who Is Responsible for a Rear-End Collision
In most cases, if one car hits the other from behind, the driver of the vehicle in the back is found liable for the crash. Motorists have a duty to exercise caution, and that includes a responsibility to maintain a safe distance between vehicles. A driver who rear-ended another car was most likely following too closely and was unable to stop when the other vehicle slowed down.
The driver in the back is not always responsible for a rear-end collision, however. If the person in front changed lanes suddenly and cut off the other driver, the individual who was driving erratically may be held liable for the crash. A motorist who was rear-ended may also be found responsible if the brake lights on that person’s vehicle were not working, either because the driver did not maintain the vehicle or because the driver knew there was a problem but failed to make necessary repairs.
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How an Oklahoma City Whiplash Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can review the police report and statements from you, anyone who was in the car with you at the time of the crash, and anyone who witnessed the accident. If the driver who hit you was liable, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
The other driver may claim that you did something that caused or contributed to the collision. For instance, the driver may say that you changed lanes without signaling and without making sure that there was enough space to do so safely, and that you are therefore at least partly liable for the crash.
Even if that is true, you may still be entitled to compensation because of Oklahoma’s modified comparative negligence law, Oklahoma Statutes §23-13. You may be able to receive a reduced financial award, as long as you were not more liable than the other party.
An attorney representing the driver who rear-ended you may claim that your injuries are not as serious as you say they are. A lawyer may even allege that you were not hurt in the accident at all. Cases involving whiplash are often contentious because whiplash is not visible on an x-ray. Some people who were involved in accidents have exaggerated the extent of their injuries or claimed that they were hurt when, in fact, they were not injured at all.
If a lawyer for the other driver disputes your claims regarding whiplash, we can present evidence to support your claim. We can review your medical records and speak with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and others who have treated you. Those people will be able to explain how you were injured and how whiplash has affected your ability to work and your quality of life.
Consider an Oklahoma City Whiplash Lawyer
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has sought justice for people in Oklahoma and across the United States who were hurt in car crashes. If you are suffering from whiplash, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Our team may be able to pursue a financial award to compensate you for your medical costs (past and future), lost income, lost or reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
We can often negotiate a settlement on behalf of an injured client and avoid a long and expensive trial. Sometimes, however, that is not possible. In those cases, we can go to court to pursue an amount of financial compensation that we consider fair.
People who have been injured in car accidents sometimes hesitate to contact an attorney because they think they could not afford legal fees. We understand that concern, but that should not worry you because Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates on contingency. We do not charge clients seeking assistance with personal injury cases any money upfront. Our firm only gets paid if we obtain a financial award for a client.
You have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit because of the statute of limitations. If you miss that deadline, you may be unable to pursue compensation for your losses. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557 to discuss your case with us.