North Carolina Whiplash Injury Attorney
Our lawyers help you recover financial compensation
Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents, but it is often misunderstood. It can have a significant impact on your mobility and limit your activities. But insurance companies often don’t take this car accident injury seriously. That’s why you need an experienced whiplash attorney to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your neck injury.
At Brent Adams & Associates in North Carolina, our whiplash injury lawyers know how insurance companies treat the injured. They use their extensive resources and high-powered lawyers to pay people less. We level the playing field. We know how a whiplash injury can affect your life. Our attorneys help the injured fight back against insurance company tactics.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury in which a person’s head is snapped forward and then backward at great speed during impact. The motion is similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash often causes muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck to stretch beyond their usual limits, leaving a person injured.
Whiplash can happen in any type of accident but is very common in rear-end crashes. Along with whiplash from being rear-ended, head-on collisions also often cause whiplash and can result in very painful neck injuries.
Whiplash should be treated by a doctor who may suggest rest and pain medication. You may also need to wear a neck brace or collar. Recovery from whiplash may take weeks and require follow-up appointments with your doctor. In the meantime, you may have to miss time from work and be severely limited in your usual activities.
Common whiplash symptoms
So how do you know If you have whiplash due to a car accident? Common warning signs include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness that gets worse with movement
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Chronic headaches
- Shoulder tenderness or pain
- Severe fatigue
You know your body best. If something doesn’t seem right after your accident, see a doctor and tell them you think you might have whiplash.
Your doctor can examine you or run different medical tests to diagnose what’s wrong. Such tests may include an imaging test to diagnose why you’re experiencing neck pain or other symptoms. Imaging tests often include X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test.
Our whiplash attorneys fight for the rights of the injured
If a negligent driver caused your accident, you deserve financial compensation for your whiplash injury. The driver may have been speeding, texting, fatigued or was driving under the influence. But negligent drivers often deny responsibility and may refuse to admit that they were doing anything wrong.
Don’t expect help from the insurance companies. They will try all kinds of ways to limit your compensation. They may dispute the seriousness of your injury and want you to get an independent medical exam. They may try to blame you for the accident. Or they’ll contact you with a lowball settlement offer.
How much is my whiplash injury claim worth?
North Carolina has what’s known as an at-fault car insurance system. This means the at-fault party is responsible for paying for all your injury-related expenses. This might sound simple. But what makes many whiplash injury claims so complicated is there’s often a lot of debate about how much money you should receive.
Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver’s insurance company makes a lowball settlement offer that doesn’t cover all your expenses or tries to deny your claim altogether. Either way, you could be left with thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses that you have to pay out of your own pocket.
It’s also important to think long-term when determining the total financial impact of your whiplash injury. For example, you might need long-term medical care due to chronic neck pain. Or you might not be able to return to work for several weeks or months due to the severe pain often associated with whiplash. Either way, your injury claim should include money for all of these expenses, now and in the future.
We make things right
Our whiplash accident attorneys build strong cases that the insurance companies have to take seriously. We document your whiplash injury and the effects it has had on your life. We gather evidence from your crash, review documentation and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
We demand the compensation you deserve for current and future medical expenses, lost wages if you couldn’t work and other damages such as pain and suffering. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who are often able to reach a settlement that works for you. And insurance companies know that we are never afraid to fight them in court. It’s one of the reasons they hate us.
Learn more about how a whiplash accident lawyer can help you
If you’ve suffered whiplash in a North Carolina car accident, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. You have three years from the date of your crash to take legal action. But the longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will be lost and the memories of witnesses will fade.
Our attorneys take your whiplash injury seriously from the start. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help. There’s no cost and no obligation.