Whiplash is one of the most common injuries reported after a car accident, especially in rear-end collisions. The injury occurs when the head and neck are jerked forward and suddenly brought to a stop, like a whip. While some patients are able to physically recover from it within a few months, others suffer from chronic neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and other complications. When whiplash results from an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to file a whiplash injury claim to recover compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Signs of a Whiplash Injury
If you experience any neck pain after a car accident, seek medical attention immediately in order to rule out more serious issues. Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually develop within days of the injury but may not appear immediately after the accident. It’s important to seek medical attention to document your injury. Signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness with worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness, pain, tingling or numbness in the shoulder, upper back or arms
Some people also have:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
Whiplash Injury Claims
Like other personal injury claims in New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a whiplash injury claim is two years from the date of the accident/injury. It’s not only important to file a claim but early but also it may be wise to discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney. If your accident involved negligence on the part of the other driver, you may also be eligible to recover compensation to help pay for your damages, including:
- Medical costs and future medical expenses
- Lost work wages and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional injuries
- Loss of quality / enjoyment of life
Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, Can Help With Your Whiplash Injury
Working with an experienced attorney who understands whiplash injury claims can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Why risk being unfairly compensated and not having recourse to fix it? When you hire a car accident lawyer from our team, you pay nothing upfront. We work on contingent fees that are only collected if we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Contact Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney, at Law, for a free consultation. With our proven track record of success and our commitment to client care, we can turn your setback into a comeback.