Whiplash is a serious injury seen in the victims of vehicle accidents. Although commonly associated with rear-end crashes, whiplash can occur in any impact. It often develops when the occupants of a vehicle that is struck are flung forward and backward very quickly, straining the neck.
Whiplash can cause significant pain. It can also lead to sensory issues, and it may limit the range of motion of the victim’s neck. The upper back and parts of the head or brain may also be affected by injury in an accident that causes whiplash.
If you were involved in a car accident that left you with whiplash, a Roswell whiplash lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team may be able to help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We help car accident victims coordinate insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits.
To learn more, call us at (404) 888-8888 today for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team.
The Causes and Diagnosis of Whiplash
The Mayo Clinic defines whiplash as a type of injury that can develop if the neck is suddenly and forcefully flung forward and backward. The extent of damage that the bones, muscles, tendons, or nerves in the neck sustain in an accident will depend on how the injuries occurred and how much force was applied to those parts of the body.
Whiplash symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can lead to pain in the neck or an inability to move the neck at all. Even if an accident victim suffered damage to the neck that is classified as whiplash, he or she may not even be aware of the injury until days later because of the shock of the accident or because of the body’s natural pain-killing hormones that are released in response to physical injury.
Because of this, it is important to undergo a complete physical checkup after an accident to rule out any damage that may not be apparent. Also, depending on how your accident was caused, you may need medical proof of an injury before you can file a compensation claim.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury lawyer serving Roswell, call (404) 888-8888
Identifying the Liable Party in a Whiplash Accident
A whiplash accident can leave the victim with high medical treatment and testing costs, not to mention the costs of medications or pain killers, as well as lost time from work and property or vehicle damage from the accident. If your accident was caused by the mistakes or negligence of another party, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
To file a claim, you must first identify the at-fault party responsible for the accident. At-fault parties are usually another driver, but they can also be:
- Someone who sold, served, or provided the driver with alcohol, if the accident involved alcohol use.
- A local government, town, or city municipality if road damage for which the town or municipality was responsible for fixing caused or contributed to an accident.
- A vehicle service or maintenance crew if vehicle issues were involved in the accident. For example, if a rear-end accident occurred because a vehicle’s brakes were improperly installed, liability for a victim’s losses and injuries may fall on a maintenance team.
- A truck company, if it can be shown that the company recklessly hired unqualified or inexperienced drivers who ended up causing an accident.
A Roswell whiplash lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can investigate your accident and identify the liable party when we represent you.
If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your accident, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team.
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Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Case
Once you have identified the at-fault party, you must collect evidence to prove the extent of your losses and damages, as well as the fault of the responsible party. Evidence that can be used to prove different kinds of harm you suffered may include:
- Pay stubs or salary slips to prove lost income
- Medical receipts or invoices to prove medical care and treatment costs
- Vehicle repair assessments or invoices to prove repair or replacement costs
Evidence that may be used to prove the liability of the at-fault party can include:
- Photos or video footage of the accident
- The official police report on the accident
- Statements made by the driver or any bystanders who witnessed the accident
Other forms of proof may also be useful in determining fault for an accident. For example, accident reconstruction experts know how to “read” skid marks, wheel or axle damage, and the angle at which a vehicle was struck to recreate the accident. This can help them determine if a driver’s negligent behavior caused an accident. Medical and economic experts may also be used to provide testimony about the future costs of your damages.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
A Roswell whiplash lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to take over your case right away. We can handle the communications and negotiations on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries. If the responsible party’s insurance company does not make you a fair settlement offer, we can take your case to trial.
When considering legal action in Georgia, it is important to know what deadlines apply to your ability to sue. Per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, a general two-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury lawsuits, although some circumstances could alter this timeline.
The Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team is just a call away. Please call our offices today at (404) 888-8888 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.