You just had a rear end car accident and never saw it coming. Your vehicle was struck from behind. Thankfully, there are no visible or apparent injuries. Although you are little “shaken up” you otherwise seem ok.
Then the over the course of the next few days you really feel it:
- 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.
The insurance adjuster may also allege that since it was a low speed collision or because there was minor car damage your injuries cannot be serious.
Or if you delay seeking medical attention they will try to minimize your claim. This is especially true if you refused an ambulance at the accident scene.
These are common tactics from adjusters. After all, it is their job to “settle” your case for as little as possible.
Here is how to maximize your settlement as victim of whiplash:
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.
Connecticut Rear End Car Accident Attorney
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