Whiplash is one of the most common injuries a person can suffer in a car accident, and one of the most contested by insurance companies. Our heads and necks are not designed to handle to force caused by most accidents–even low-speed accidents. Adjusters will say that you are exaggerating. Defense attorneys will do whatever they can to make you seem like you are out for free money. All to let the insurance company pay less than you deserve
Whiplash is hard to diagnose. But, while difficult to diagnose, it is not impossible. If you have a whiplash injury from a car accident, there are some things you can do to help prove the injury exists—and no, it is not wear a neck brace you don’t need.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when your back and neck violently whip back and forth. When the nerves, tendons, and ligaments of these areas exceed their usual range of motion, it can lead to soft tissue damage. X-rays and MRIs usually do not show these injuries, but nevertheless, they can be extremely painful and debilitating.
Ways You Can Help Prove Whiplash
There are many ways to prove that you actually suffered a whiplash injury. Like many aspects of a car accident claim, you can help your lawyer by doing the following:
- Go to your doctor. The most persuasive evidence to support a claim comes from your doctor. Better if it is a doctor that has treated you for many years and knows you. They can go through their diagnostic process and tell the court how they diagnosed your injury, treatments, symptoms, and prognosis.
- Follow your doctor’s prescriptions. Whiplash leaves stiffness and pain in your neck and shoulders. Your doctor might prescribe muscle relaxers and pain-relieving medications to combat those symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe physical therapy or other treatments to help you recover. It is important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations exactly.
- Talk to those living with you. Relatives, during a deposition, can testify about how the injury has affected your life. Your lawyer can help you get those statements to support your claim.
- Make a police report. A police report can also help show you suffered an injury. It usually contains information showing how the accident happened, which shows the mechanism of injury. Also, whiplash is a more likely injury if you completely stopped before the accident, which would show up in the police report.
Proving Your Case Usually Requires an Attorney
Regardless of how you got hurt, if it was potentially caused by someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Explore your options by speaking with an attorney you can trust.