You will suffer a personal injury like a whiplash injury when your head and neck are forced into hyperextension as your upper body is pushed forwards by a sudden acceleration-deceleration force making your heard and neck fall backwards. After a short delay, your head and neck is then thrown into a hyperflexed position. Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash injuries. You will suffer a whiplash personal injury if your stationary car is hit from behind by another car. Whiplash injury victims should contact an experienced car accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer.
A whiplash injury can result in vision problems, back pain, tinnitus, neck pain, fatigue, headache, shoulder pain, stiffness, pain in the jaw, pain in the arm, weakness of the arm, etc. In severe cases, you can suffer from depression, sleep disturbance and stress and anxiety. Whiplash injury victims can ask for:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Loss of wages including loss of future earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Mental impairment
- Loss of consortium
- Medical bills
If you have suffered from a whiplash injury from an accident, you may be eligible for some Out-Of-Pocket Damages which can include the actual cost of medical care that you received, and loss of income. Whiplash injury victims can also seek compensation for specific injuries including injuries such as a broken neck. Victims of whiplash injuries can also seek compensation for the pain and suffering they had to undergo because of the personal injury. Placing a monetary value on the pain and suffering can be very difficult. If the whiplash injury results in temporary disability, you can seek compensation for the temporary disability whether partial or total. If you are unable to use a part of your body you are said to suffer from partial temporary disability whereas if you are unable to work you will be considered to suffer from total temporary disability.
Victims of a whiplash injury caused by a motor accident should consult an accident attorney such as an Atlanta personal injury attorney . After reviewing the facts of your case, the attorney will collect more information by visiting the site of the accident. Sometimes, the personal injury attorney will use an expert witness to testify in your favor during trail.
The attorney will use the services of experts to reconstruct your accident scene. This will allow the attorney to understand the entire sequence of events leading to the accident. After reviewing the sequences of events, the attorney can determine the liable party and then take action so that you get the compensation you deserve. Sometimes in a whiplash injury, there may be multiple sources of compensation. For example if your whiplash injury was caused when a delivery van crashed into your stationery car and the driver of the delivery van was using the van to deliver goods as a part of his job, then you can seek compensation from the employer too.
The attorney will demonstrate that your whiplash injury is the result of the negligence of the defendant. The attorney will prove that you would not have been injured had the defendant acted reasonably. The facts of your case will determine what is reasonable.