If you received a whiplash diagnosis following a traffic accident in Lafayette, the driver who caused your accident may be liable for your medical care and your pain and suffering. The damages in a whiplash injury case are sometimes difficult to document and prove, but a Lafayette whiplash lawyer may be able to help.
You can speak with a member of our legal team from the Morris Bart law firm in Lafayette today by calling (337) 446-4571. We offer free reviews of car accident cases and may be able to represent you against the at-fault motorist, their insurance carrier, and any other involved parties.
Whiplash Can Cause Long-Term Injuries for Many Victims
Whiplash occurs when there are significant forces exerted on the body to whip the head back and forth, pushing the neck beyond its normal range of motion. This causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck, leading to symptoms of whiplash that include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Reduced range of motion
Whiplash can cause both short-term and long-term injuries, with more than 50 percent of those who suffered the condition still experiencing whiplash symptoms one year after their accident, according to a study published in BMC Public Health. For some, this could mean months away from work and struggling with ongoing pain and other symptoms. For others, chronic pain and diminished quality of life lasts far beyond the first few months and becomes a life-changing struggle.
While pain medication, physical therapy, and other treatments to ease symptoms and regain the proper neck mobility may be used, there is little to be done to cure the condition or assist the neck to heal faster.
For a free legal consultation with a Whiplash Injury lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 446-4571
Gathering Evidence to Prove a Claim for Your Whiplash Injuries
Many people consider whiplash a minor injury, and there is a chance that includes some of the representatives from the liable driver’s insurance company. Unlike other types of car accident injuries, it is more difficult to document the damage, treatment, and lasting impairment from soft tissue injuries. While whiplash causes immense pain that can lead to impairment and a dramatic decrease in quality of life, it does not always appear on any type of medical imaging, and the pain is only documented based on what the patient reports.
At the same time, because the injury does not require extensive medical care and support, there are rarely extensive medical bills to document the struggle. This often leads to insurance companies trying to offer a lowball agreement and not taking the pain and intangible losses you experience seriously.
When our Lafayette whiplash lawyer takes on a client’s case based on a whiplash injury, we will work to document their pain, additional symptoms, injuries, and all related expenses. We know what it takes to show a chronic pain condition or a long-term or permanent injury. We will gather evidence to support their claim and pursue monetary support based on this evidence.
We have 15 offices across the Gulf South, including many major cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. We serve all areas of these four states. You can speak to a member of the Morris Bart law firm Lafayette office today by calling (337) 446-4571.
Louisiana Law Limits Your Time to File a Whiplash Injury Case
Per Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, Louisiana law only allows one year for accident victims to file a personal injury lawsuit and request that the court award a payout to cover their costs associated with their accident. If you are suffering from a whiplash injury but cannot negotiate a fair agreement with the at-fault driver’s insurer, you may need to file a claim for whiplash in a Lafayette Parish civil court and name the driver as the defendant.
Pursuing Whiplash Injury Compensation After a Car Wreck
Our law office will work to prove the estimated settlement value of your personal injury case based on the actual expenses and losses you suffered. We will gather receipts, bills, estimates, and other paperwork to counter the insurance company’s opinion that you only sustained minor injuries and medical bills.
We will not agree to a settlement with the insurance company representing the negligent driver unless we believe, based on the estimated value we place on your case, that you are receiving fair compensation.
Recoverable damages related to whiplash from a car accident may include:
- Current and future care and any related medical costs
- Current and future lost wages and benefits, as well as other income
- Diminished ability to work
- Property damages to your car and other personal property
- Additional related economic expenses, with receipts
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages
To learn more about the potential value of your whiplash case, and to discuss if our law office can help you pursue damages, contact us today.
Work with a Whiplash Attorney in Lafayette
A Lafayette whiplash lawyer may be able to help you hold the at-fault driver responsible through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. We cannot accept every case but do act on behalf of qualifying accident victims.
You can speak to a member of our legal team from the Morris Bart law firm in Lafayette today by calling (337) 446-4571. We understand this type of personal injury, the pain you are suffering, and how to document your tangible and intangible losses for the insurance carrier or court.
Let us review your car accident case for free today, including an evaluation of your personal injuries and losses. If we believe you have an injury claim against the driver who caused your collision, we may be able to represent you on a contingency basis.
Contact us today to get started.
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