Whiplash injuries can cause serious, even permanent, neck problems and may result in loss of range of motion, dizziness, and lasting pain and stiffness in the neck. However, because they frequently lack external indicators, they can be difficult to see on diagnostic tests or X-ray imaging. Due to this lack of visible evidence, insurance companies often devalue whiplash injuries even though the victim may be suffering chronic and excruciating pain. In order to be properly compensated for your damages from an auto accident, it is imperative to choose an experienced Rhode Island car accident attorney who will create a strong case to prove the severity of your injuries. Otherwise, the insurance company may claim there is no viable proof of injury and therefore award you a greatly lessened reward. After any type of accident, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention, especially if you experience neck pain. It is vital to get an accurate diagnosis to avoid worsening your injuries and because the compensation in a personal injury claim will depend on the extent of treatment that you seek. If you neglect to go to the emergency room, or visit a physician or medical clinic, after you are hurt, the insurance company may argue that you are not “truly” hurt and offer you minimal damages. If you are unsure of who to contact, the injury lawyers at Tapalian Law can refer you to trusted medical specialists and experts in the Rhode Island area.What To Do After a Whiplash Injury
A whiplash injury can alter a person’s ability to move comfortably, work, or complete everyday tasks. Victims may be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and/or medical costs, depending on the circumstances. There are specific steps that you can take to make sure you have the strongest claim possible for your motor vehicle whiplash injury:
- Call law enforcement immediately and stay at the scene of the accident to give your statement for a police report.
- Get medical attention immediately, even if you think your injuries are minor.
- Continue with persistent medical treatment and retrieve medical records that document your whiplash injury.
- Obtain statements from your medical providers that outline your injury, recommended treatment, and estimated recovery time.
- If your whiplash injury is serious and results in permanent damage, get your doctor to outline your treatment plan for the future.
- Avoid communicating with insurance companies until you have consulted your legal representatives.
The personal injury experts at Tapalian Law understand that car accident injuries can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Choosing the best personal injury attorney in RI is the most important decision you can make when recovering your losses. At Tapalian Law, we have over two decades of expertise winning compensation for clients with auto accident claims and we can help you through the difficult process of documenting your injury and preserving evidence to solidify your claim. Rather than making a mistake that could hurt your chance at recovering compensation, let us put our experience to work for you. As with all personal injury claims, car accident claims have a 3-year statute of limitations in Rhode Island, so don’t delay contacting us if you’ve experienced a whiplash injury. Call the RI car accident attorneys at Tapalian Law today at 401-552-5000, or contact us online.