Whiplash is one of the most common injuries experienced by people who have been involved in auto accidents. It is a type of injury that occurs when the head and neck are jerked violently forward and then stopped suddenly—a phenomenon that frequently happens in vehicle collisions.
The symptoms of whiplash do not always immediately set in, so there can be some challenges associated with building an accident claim around a whiplash injury. Still, there are some steps you can take to set yourself up for success. Here’s a quick overview of some of those steps you should take.
- Always get medical care: Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms of whiplash immediately following an accident, you should still seek medical care as soon as possible. The common symptoms might not occur for hours or days after, including numbness, pain in the shoulders or upper backs, pain when moving the neck, limited range of motion, tinnitus, blurred vision, memory problems, loss of sleep or depression. Getting quick treatment can help you avoid some of these symptoms, and also establishes an immediate paper trail of you seeking medical assistance.
- Follow doctor instructions: If doctors give you care and treatment instructions, listen to them! Your first priority should always be to take care of yourself and get better. This will also show the insurance companies and courts that you had an injury and you are taking your recovery seriously.
- Filing your claim: As soon as is feasible, file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to avoid missing the statute of limitations. Make sure to not admit fault, and stick to the facts of what happened in the case.
- Gather evidence: Retain an attorney and work with them to gather evidence that will help in your case, including your medical records before and after the injury, expense documentations, photos of the accident site, witness testimony and more.
For more information about building a successful whiplash claim, contact an experienced Sarasota auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.