You just had a car accident and never saw it coming. Your vehicle was rear-ended. You are “shaken up” but otherwise seem ok. Thankfully, there are no visible or apparent injuries. You tell the police officer you are not hurt and refuse medical treatment at the scene.
Then the over the course of the next few days you really feel it. You swear you were run over by an army tank and not hit from behind after all. Your symptoms may include:
- Numbness or tingling of the hands
- Stiffness in neck and back
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
You have whiplash caused by a violent snap of the neck after a rear-end collision.
These injuries cannot be seen on an MRI or X-Ray. Therefore, many insurance companies tend to minimize whiplash claims.
You might also hear that since it was a low speed collision or that there was minimal damage to the vehicles involved your injuries cannot be serious. They may also point to delayed medical attention.
Neverthess, you are entitled to compensation as a whiplash victim.
Here is how to maximize your settlement:
1. Keep a regular journal about how you feel, your symptoms and how the accident has affected your daily activities.
2. Get medical attention and be consistent with appointments and treatment.
3. Obtain all your medical records for review by the insurance adjuster.
4. Don’t get discouraged by “low ball” offers from the insurance company.
5. Retain a car accident lawyer and file a lawsuit if necessary.