Each year, 800,000 people experience a neck injury as the result of a car crash. In fact, car crashes are the number one cause of neck injuries in the US. Besides this, neck injuries cost an estimated $5.2 billion annually in medical costs. Given the prevalence of this type of injury, we wanted to make sure to discuss it with our readers and clients in a blog post.
Our post will provide an overview of neck injuries resulting from car crashes. We’ll look at:
As a disclosure, we’re personal injury attorneys, not doctors. Obviously, you’ll want to see your doctor for targeted medical advice. And our post is intended for general legal information only. Got specific legal questions related to an accident you were in? Call us. We’ll never charge you to answer some initial questions.
It’s worth stating up front that neck injuries can vary. A lot. Consider that after a car accident, one victim might feel a nagging strain in her neck. Another victim’s neck injury could leave him paralyzed.
So, what are some of the factors that can influence the severity of your injury?
Of course, there are other factors too. When receiving treatment, it’s important that your doctor consider the full scope of what happened and your prior health history.
There are many different types of neck injuries that can occur from a car accident. In our post, we will focus on three of the most common ones we see when helping our clients.
Clearly, the treatment type and duration will vary depending on the severity of the neck injury. Here are some possible options.
To be clear, all surgery carries added risks. Your physician should disclose the potential risks and benefits of any treatment option.
Just as individual neck injuries vary, so will the individual impact to your car accident settlement. We’ll consider the impact on both whiplash and serious neck injuries, such as a fracture.
In general, car insurance companies are weary of soft tissue injury claims such as whiplash because they can be difficult to prove. The best way to overcome this hurdle is to seek prompt medical care. Make sure to tell your doctor about your car accident and retain any records. It’s also important to make all your follow-up appointments. The insurance company may use any gap in care as a reason to dismiss your claim.
If you’re not sure about the best doctor to see for your neck pain? We recommend reaching out to a local, well-rated attorney. They will have had experience working with doctors to resolve car accident claims. In other words, they’ll know which doctors are more likely to benefit your claims process.
The more serious the injury, the higher the potential settlement value. This is because your medical bills and the impact to your life are likely to be higher. Evidence to substantiate the seriousness of your injury will help your case. For instance, if you were hospitalized or required a surgery, this backs your claim.
Anytime you’ve suffered a serious injury that was due to someone else’s fault, call an injury attorney. Whatever you do, do not sign any documents or accept a settlement without first having an attorney review it. Often, the insurance company will try to settle quickly, before you understand the true value of your case. Once you’ve accepted an offer and cashed that check, you cannot go back for more money.
No matter the severity of your injury, a fair settlement should compensate you for:
An experienced attorney will understand what a fair settlement should look like, given your circumstances and cases like yours. In the even negotiations stall, an attorney will be poised to file a lawsuit on your behalf. This is one of the key benefits of having an experienced attorney handling your neck injury case.
You may not be sure if working with an injury attorney will help. Likely, you’ve never had to work with one before. Here’s what you should know: there is no cost or obligation when you call us and ask us about your case. We’ll listen to what happened to you, ask you a few questions, and then let you know if we think we can help. Either way, you walk away armed with valuable information about your next steps.
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