After a car accident, you might be unsure of what injuries you can file a claim over. For example, people often experience whiplash in a car accident, and the effects can range from mild to serious. Depending on your experience with whiplash, you might benefit from filing a personal injury claim. 

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that involves the head suddenly jolting forward in a hard motion. It can cause a whole host of injuries to the neck and upper back, and you might be dealing with the consequences of whiplash for a long time if you don’t get it addressed by a medical professional. If you have very minor whiplash, you might only deal with the consequences for a day or two, but in some cases, it can last a lot longer and can be a lot more intense. If you’re dealing with the long-term effects of whiplash, it can really disrupt your life, as your neck can be stiff and in a lot of pain that makes it hard to move normally and perform basic, routine actions. 

When Should I Make a Claim for Whiplash?

If you’ve experienced whiplash that lasts several weeks or months and has had a significant impact on your life, you should consider filing a personal injury claim so you can receive compensation for your losses. For example, making a claim for whiplash is likely worth it if: 

  • You have missed a significant amount of work and thus lost wages due to whiplash.
  • You experience constant pain as a result of the injury. 
  • You’ve had to go to costly physical therapy to treat symptoms. 
  • You’ve spent significant money on visits to medical professionals to treat the injury.
  • Managing your whiplash has caused you a great deal of emotional stress and exacerbated anxiety and depression.
  • You have proof that you will need ongoing treatment for whiplash. 

How Can I Make a Claim for Whiplash? 

If you want to receive financial compensation to cover the costs associated with your whiplash, you need to file a personal injury claim. If you are dealing with this injury as a result of another driver’s negligence on the road, you will file the personal injury claim with that driver’s insurance company. Even if you are still waiting for the insurance companies involved to determine fault, you can file your claim.

To file your claim, you will need to submit a lot of paperwork, including things like a police report from the accident and a detailed report of what happened. You will also need to provide medical proof like bills, reports, and test results. It’s important that you understand what exactly is required for your case so that you don’t get denied on the basis of an incomplete claim. The best way to avoid this is to hire a personal injury lawyer who can help you collect information and make sure your claim is detailed and strong. 

A Personal Injury Lawyer Is Here to Help

Here at Lamar Law Office, LLC, we understand that physical injuries after a car accident can alter the course of your life. We care about your health and safety, and we want to support you as you fight for the compensation you deserve. No matter what you’ve been through, we want to hear your questions and concerns and give you informed legal advice. If you need it, we’re ready to fight for your rights in a battle with insurance companies and do everything in our power to get you the money you need to make your life easier. Contact us today to consult with us about your situation.