Being in a car or sports accident can be terrifying, causing injuries you may not notice until hours or days after the accident.
Whiplash symptoms may be minor or unnoticeable initially but gradually worsen over time.
The accident wasn’t your fault, and you shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences alone.
In this post, the Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC team explores the causes of whiplash and what you might receive as a settlement for a whiplash claim.
Our goal is to give you basic information about whiplash injuries and the compensation you might receive.
For targeted legal advice about your specific situation, contact our office today. Our personal injury lawyers are standing by, ready to help.
What Is Whiplash?
The Mayo Clinic explains that whiplash occurs when your head is forcefully thrust backward, then forward again, or vice versa.
Car accidents, sports injuries, and other physical trauma can cause whiplash, also called a neck strain or sprain.
Mayo Clinic indicates that symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Decreased range of motion of the neck,
- Stiffness or pain,
- Sleep or mood disturbances, and
- Ringing in the ear.
The symptoms can last anywhere from a few days or weeks or sometimes result in lifelong changes.
How Much Can I Receive in a Settlement for Whiplash Injuries?
A car accident whiplash settlement depends on many factors, such as:
- The strength of your underlying personal injury claim,
- The severity of your injury,
- The likelihood that you will make a full or partial recovery,
- The conduct of the defendant leading up to and after the accident,
- The impact that the whiplash injuries have on your day-to-day activities,
- The effect of the damage on your quality of life,
- The whiplash settlement amount personal injury plaintiffs have received in similar situations, and
- The extent to which the judge finds you at fault for the accident.
Further, if you file your claim after the applicable statute of limitations (deadline to file) has run, you may not be able to recover anything for your injuries.
In many cases, New Jersey requires personal injury victims to file a lawsuit within two years of the accident. But this does not apply to all claims and situations.
A personal injury attorney can help you understand and meet the statute of limitations that applies to your case.
They will also communicate with third parties on your behalf and represent your best interests.
Our team can discuss your claim and craft a case strategy that maximizes the compensation you might receive for your injury.
Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC—Effective New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys
Our team has been practicing law for a combined 74 years. We have vast experience and have handled even the most complex personal injury cases.
We regularly go up against faceless insurance companies that try to get victims to accept less than the full and fair value of their claims.
Past clients praise us for our professionalism and ability to get the job done right. So don’t hesitate to put our experience to work for you.