According to Harvard Health, over one million Americans suffer from whiplash each year. This condition is most commonly caused by rear-end collisions and can result in discomfort, stiffness, and radiating pain throughout the neck and shoulder region, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If you or a loved one developed whiplash after being involved in a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation. An Anderson whiplash injury lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can provide their resources, knowledge, and services to secure financial recovery on your behalf. We also work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that you owe us nothing upfront to get started on your car accident case.
Find out more about our legal team in a free consultation by dialing (864) 326-3333.
The Impact of a Whiplash Injury
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head is thrown violently back and forth beyond its usual range of motion. While this condition can heal on its own within a matter of days, in some cases, injured patients require weeks or months of rehabilitative care. In some cases, whiplash can last years. Being unable to work while you recover from your accident can add financial pressure to an already difficult and frustrating situation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Increased pain when moving the neck
- Loss of range of motion
- Headaches, particularly at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the upper back, shoulders, or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Blurred vision
- A ringing sensation in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with concentration and memory
Should you experience any of the symptoms above, we urge you to visit your doctor as soon as possible. A medical professional can work to properly diagnose and treat your injury to prevent long-term damage.
Proving Liability and Fault in South Carolina
To obtain compensation after a collision, Hammack Law Firm can provide an investigation into your accident's cause and determine who is liable for your injuries. The process usually involves dealing with law enforcement officials, insurance companies, and, in some cases, the other party’s legal counsel.
You are required to file a crash report following a car accident if the collision resulted in any injuries, fatalities, or property damage exceeding $1,000, per S.C. Motor Vehicles § 56-5-1270. If you did not file a crash report at the accident scene, then you are required to notify the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles within 15 days of the accident’s occurrence.
While it may be intimidating to notify law enforcement of your accident, the information in the crash report can be used to strengthen your case.
Some details that may be included in the crash report include:
- The mental state of the involved drivers, which may be helpful if your collision was the result of drunk driving
- The location of the collision
- The names of the attending law enforcement officials
- Information regarding whether an ambulance was called
- The makes, models, and license plate numbers of the involved vehicles
- Whether any traffic citations were issued
- Whether anyone was injured or passed away
- Diagrams regarding the point of impact
- Descriptions regarding property damage
A representative from Hammack Law Firm can explain the value of filing a crash report when you reach out to our team today.
Proving Fault and Liability Is Critical to Your Case’s Success
Proving fault and liability is a critical part of your personal injury case. This is because South Carolina is a comparative negligence state, per S.C. Ann. § 15-38-15. Fault can be assigned to both drivers in some cases. Yet, as long as you are no more than 50% responsible for an accident, you may seek compensation for your injuries. However, your percentage of fault will be deducted from the amount of compensation you can receive.
The legal process can be confusing and challenging to navigate alone, especially while at the same time managing a severe injury. A lawyer can determine fault and liability for your damages while building your case based on evidence.
If you need help with your compensation claim, contact Hammack Law Firm. We can provide a free review of your situation, and together, we can look at the most suitable course of action for your circumstances. Find out if you qualify for compensation by dialing (864) 326-3333.
Your Lawyer Can Determine What Damages You Can Recover
Understandably, many prospective clients want to know what their personal injury-related damages are worth. However, each personal injury case is different. While some injuries can be similar, they can affect different people in different ways. For this reason, you cannot use the outcome of another person’s case to predict the outcome of your own.
The types of compensation you could recover include:
- Economic damages such as current and ongoing medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and other financial losses
- Noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium
You must be mindful of the laws that could affect your right to compensation. As defined under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, victims of negligence are usually granted three years to file a lawsuit for damages.
While this may seem like a long time, your Anderson whiplash injury lawyer will need ample time to build your personal injury case. Some forms of evidence, like witness statements, can become less compelling over time. Traffic camera footage can also be deleted after a certain period. You want to take measures that promote a beneficial outcome for your personal injury case. We encourage you to call Hammack Law Firm today.
Hammack Law Firm: Personal Attention, Aggressive Representation
If you were injured in an Anderson car accident caused by another driver and suffered whiplash as a result, Hammack Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your related losses.
Our mission is to build personal relationships with our clients while fighting for their best interests. An Anderson whiplash injury lawyer can hold the negligent party in your case accountable for their actions while securing the best possible outcome for your personal injury case. Learn more about our team by calling (864) 326-3333.