If you sustained a whiplash injury from a car accident, slip and fall, or some other accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a Greenville whiplash lawyer at the
Hammack Law Firm can help you go after the negligent party for compensation.
Please do not wait too long to contact us. The American Bar Association says that you can lose the right to go after money damages if you miss the statutory deadline for filing a lawsuit for a personal injury.
Call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started on your case. The first consultation is free.
Whiplash Injuries Occur Suddenly and May Develop Painful Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, a whiplash injury happens when a sudden, strong force makes the head snap back and forth like someone flicking a whip. Sometimes doctors call whiplash a neck sprain or strain.
Common causes of whiplash injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Physical abuse
- Sports accidents
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you had an accident and got a whiplash injury, you might develop one or more of the following symptoms within a few days of the event:
- Your neck hurts and is stiff
- When you move your neck or turn your head, your neck hurts worse
- It is hard to turn your head as far as usual
- You might have a headache
- You could feel tired or dizzy
- You might feel unusual signs in your arms, shoulders, or upper back, such as pain, soreness, numbness, or tingling
You should get medical attention right away if you have not already done so. Whiplash symptoms are also similar to symptoms for other injuries, such as broken bones. Some injuries can get worse without medical treatment.
A Whiplash Injury May Limit Your Ability to Move
Most whiplash injuries respond well to physical therapy and other medical interventions. Within a few weeks or months, the injured person can start to experience improvement.
Some other people are not as fortunate. The Mayo Clinic says that a whiplash injury can cause chronic headaches and neck pain. A person might lose the ability to turn their head to a normal extent.
If you had a whiplash or neck injury in the past, you might be at a higher risk of having a worse outcome from your current whiplash injury. Older people and people with underlying conditions, such as arthritis, can suffer more extensively than the average person. A whiplash can rob a person of the ability to engage in activities and enjoy life.
A Greenville whiplash lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm can evaluate whether you might be eligible to receive compensation for your whiplash injury. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a free case review.
You May Be Able to Get Different Types of Compensation for a Whiplash Injury
We cannot predict how much compensation you might be entitled to collect for your whiplash injury until we talk to you and investigate your situation. Every injury claim is different. The value of your claim could be quite different from a whiplash case of your friend or relative. Even if you had a whiplash injury in the past, your current claim's damages could vary a lot from your previous one.
Some examples of money damages we have won for our whiplash clients include:
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Other noneconomic damages, such as loss of enjoyment of life and disfigurement
You might not have all of these losses, but you might have other damages. The facts of your situation will determine the amount of money damages you may be able to pursue.
We Can Help Argue How the Negligent Party Caused Your Whiplash Injury
Before we can hold someone financially responsible for paying your losses, we have to establish their legal liability. We will have to prove all four of these factors to hold the defendant liable for your injuries:
- Duty of care: The defendant owed you a duty of care. If we use the example of a whiplash from a car accident, everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads has an obligation to devote their undivided attention to the act of driving.
- Breach of duty: Doing something that does not meet the legal standard of care is negligence. Using the same car accident example, we find out that the defendant texted while driving on the highway. Texting while behind the wheel of a moving car violates their duty to pay attention to the road.
- Causation: The negligent act must be the cause of the accident. Because the defendant was texting, they did not notice that the speed of the traffic slowed down. Also, because they were driving fast, they did not have time to stop when they finally looked at the road again. The defendant slammed into the back of a car because of their negligent conduct.
- Quantifiable damages: One must have measurable losses to pursue a claim for compensation from a car accident. The plaintiff got hurt in the collision. Among other things, the plaintiff sustained a whiplash injury. This scenario satisfies all four elements to establish the defendant’s liability.
You do not have to learn the law and master all of these legal concepts to go after the money damages that you need. You can work with a lawyer who will advocate for you.
Get Legal Help for Your Greenville Whiplash Injury
A Greenville whiplash lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm can help you navigate the claims process and file a lawsuit on your behalf. Our clients know that they can relax and focus on their health and wellbeing because we take care of their legal matters.
If we accept your whiplash claim, we will do so on a contingent fee basis. We get paid out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the case, so you do not have to pay upfront attorney’s fees.
Treating our clients well is a priority for us. We treat our clients like our friends and family. If you want personal, responsive legal services, you can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to find out how we can help you.