Can I File a Lawsuit for Whiplash?
The short answer is "yes." When you’re in a car accident and you’re injured because of another person’s negligence, you may have a legal claim for your injuries as well as property damage. Proving liability is a legal concept that must be proven. As the plaintiff or petitioner, that would be your burden. It is much easier to do when you work with an experienced whiplash attorney who knows what to look for and how the Mississippi legal system works.
Here at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., we understand that while whiplash may not seem like a serious injury to many, it can result in missed time from work, medical bills, and continued pain. We’re here to help. As award winning personal injury lawyers, we pride ourselves on helping our clients get the financial compensation they need and deserve.
Contact us now to schedule your free consultation to learn how we may be able to help you with your whiplash claim.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck. Soft tissue is a reference to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to the neck. It is referred to as “whiplash” because of the whip-like motion made by the neck from a forceful and generally unexpected back-and-forth movement of the neck.
Whiplash is most often caused by car accidents. Despite the belief that whiplash isn’t a serious injury, it can cause long lasting or permanent issues depending on its severity. In fact, whiplash is subject to a grading system by physicians to determine how severe it is:
- Grade 0: No symptoms. Generally, a person with Grade 0 does not file a complaint. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they didn’t suffer from whiplash. It may mean that it didn’t impact them long-term or in a particular fashion that caused them to suffer made them take much notice.
- Grade 1: Although there may not be many physical signs, a person may experience neck pain for weeks to months after the accident occurred.
- Grade 2: This causes neck pain as well as may also show signs of injury to the musculoskeletal system that the doctor can see as opposed to appearing only as what we generally expect to be a soft tissue injury, such as a “strain or sprain.”
- Grade 3: This causes neck pain along with physical disability of some kind.
What Kind of Compensation Could You Be Entitled to Receive?
If you were diagnosed with whiplash because of a car accident in Mississippi, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Examples of compensation include and may not be limited to:
- Time missed from work
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as:
- Sleep issues
- Problems with your range of motion
- Symptoms that may be related to a pinched nerve
- Ongoing neck pain
You may be continuing to have issues related to whiplash from your car accident that may make you eligible for compensation.
Schedule Your Whiplash Claim Consultation Now
The award winning personal injury law firm of Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., is here to help you understand your whiplash claim and your potential legal options. Let us help ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve and need. Schedule your free consultation by contacting us now!