What’s the Average Settlement for Whiplash?
What’s the Average Settlement for Whiplash?
Whiplash may be the most common type of car accident injury. Your Texas auto accident attorney handles cases involving whiplash all the time. They’re really common in rear end car accidents. They’re also pretty common in almost every other type of accident as well.
You can’t prove that you have whiplash. You can’t see it. It doesn’t show up on x-rays or MRIs. The only thing you can do is have your doctor testify that you had the signs and symptoms of whiplash.
There’s also no treatment for whiplash. You may have to wear a neck brace for a few days. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers or pain medication. However, with whiplash, it just has to heal itself. This can take days or weeks. Very rarely does it take longer than this. If someone has whiplash and is still complaining months later, their doctor may be skeptical. So be honest about your injury. You don’t have to show that it lasted longer than it really did in order to recover.
Just keep in mind, if your only injury is whiplash, you’re not going to recover millions of dollars. Your Texas auto accident attorney can get you compensation, but it’s not his job to make you rich. He can only get you compensation for the injuries you actually suffered. It’s not enough that you were hit by another car, you have to demonstrate your injuries.
What is Whiplash?
You get whiplash when your neck is stretched too far in one direction. This is why it’s such a common ailment when it comes to car accidents. You will need medical care. But you won’t need surgery or physical therapy. Whiplash really does heal itself. Juries know this,. So does the insurance company.
This is why it’s important to go to the hospital after your accident. You’re going to have medical bills. You may even miss some time from work. The only way to prove this injury is to have your doctor testify on your behalf. They see so many motor vehicle accident victims and a lot of them have whiplash. They’re used to completing affidavits that confirm you had all the signs and symptoms of whiplash.
Most auto accidents involve more than just whiplash. You probably have other injuries in addition to whiplash. It’s kind of rare to file a lawsuit that only involves whiplash. But if you do, you will still be entitled to some damages.
What Kind of Compensation Do You Get for Whiplash?
If your claim is based entirely on whiplash, you will get some compensation. Just keep in mind you’re not going to get millions of dollars. A lot of movies and television shows make you think that all you have to do is walk into a courtroom wearing a neck brace. In the real world, it takes a lot more than this.
If you can prove that you had whiplash, you’ll be entitled to a few thousand dollars. Most whiplash cases settle for up to $5,000. Very rarely will you get more than that. Since these cases are smaller, they almost always settle out of court. It’s not worth the time and expense of a lawsuit for a few thousand dollars. This is the case for both the defendant and your lawyer. There’s a really good chance your case will settle long before trial.
If you have other injuries aside from whiplash, you can expect your claim to be increased by about $5,000. Most injuries will entitled you to more compensation than whiplash. If you have back injuries or internal injuries, you’ll recover for them as well.
Contact a Texas Auto Accident Attorney Today
If you’re in a car accident, you should call a Texas auto accident attorney. He can review your case and let you know what it may be worth. He can also answer any questions you may have. Make sure you bring any medical records you have to prove your injuries. This way, your lawyer can go to the insurance company and try to settle your case quickly.
Call and schedule your free initial consultation today. The defendant will have an attorney working for him. You need to have one working for you too. The consultation is free and you pay nothing until you win your case.
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