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What Is the Average Settlement for Whiplash in a Texas Car Accident?

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What Is the Average Settlement for Whiplash in a Texas Car Accident?

Did you incur whiplash injuries in a Beaumont, Texas car accident? As you may already know, the law gives you the right to recover your injury-related losses. Compensable losses include doctor exams, diagnostic tests, treatment, pain and suffering, and complications.

In order to obtain the compensation, you will need to prove the whiplash was the result of the accident. You will also have to prove who was at fault and that your injuries are covered. Insurance companies will never compensate injuries or damages they have not covered. On the contrary, they will look for reasons to deny your claim or pay the lowest compensation possible.

Assuming you succeed proving the above, the insurer will likely make you a settlement offer. The amount they offer will depend on the severity of your whiplash injuries. This means your compensation claim should include medical reports, bills, receipts, and cost estimates. If your whiplash injuries led to complications you will need to prove the causality.

This seems easier than it really is, so you should consider consulting a Beaumont car accident lawyer. The latter can also help you assess the compensation you can hope to obtain. Some car accident attorneys report that whiplash-related claim settlements range between $10,000 and $20,000.

However, amounts vary from one case to another. Some people suffer mild whiplash injuries that heal within days. Others need weeks or months of medication and chiropractic care. Some recover completely, others face long-term complications.

If you would like to know what to expect, ask a Beaumont car accident lawyer to review your case. Until then, it may help to learn more about whiplash injuries, related costs, and possible complications.

Whiplash Injuries, Costs, and Complications following a Texas Car Accident

Whiplash injuries are a frequent consequence of car accidents. The impact causes the bodies of drivers and passengers to suddenly jerk forward or backward. The whipping motion puts huge stress on the neck muscles and even tears them.

The first symptoms of whiplash usually appear within hours or days from the accident. Under the adrenaline rush, most people do not feel any pain or discomfort immediately. Some even refuse to undergo a medical examination.

This is a huge mistake. Left untreated, some injuries worsen. If they do, the aggravation will be due to the sufferer’s negligence. Most insurers will then refuse to cover the costs involved. That is why all accident victims should undergo a medical examination as soon as possible.

A medical consultation is the best way to identify whiplash injuries early. In its absence, accident victims should watch out for any of the following symptoms:

  • Tightness or spasms in the neck or upper back
  • Painful head or neck movements
  • Pain in the head, shoulder, and/or upper back areas
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Swallowing and chewing difficulties
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the extremities

Some whiplash injuries heal within days and only require pain management medication. Others need months of treatment, chiropractic care, and even surgery. In some cases, complications arise. They lead to long-term and difficult to cope with symptoms, such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Neck and shoulder stiffness and pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Limbs weakness or numbness
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision

It should now be obvious that settlement offers are made on a case-to-case basis. Insurers may take into account other cases as well. However, the most important factors will be the losses and expenses the patient incurred.

Types of Losses a Beaumont Car Accident Lawyer May Include in a Whiplash Compensation Claim

An experienced car accident lawyer will not hesitate to claim compensation for:

The claim can include property damage as well. The more serious the whiplash injuries are, the higher the compensation can get. Obviously, the settlement amount will also reflect the lawyer’s experience, knowledge, skills, and dedication.

Let an Attorney from Brent Coon & Associates Help with Your Texas Car Accident Claim

Obtaining compensation for whiplash injuries after a Texas car accident can be challenging. We are here to help and take over all hassles. To prove it, we will review your case for free and help you assess the value of your claim. Contact one our experienced Beaumont Car accident lawyers today for a FREE case review by calling (409) 242-5527 or filling in the online form! We look forward to lending a hand!

 

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