Whiplash & Neck Injuries Sustained in Crashes
Our Maryland whiplash injury lawyers don’t back down to insurance companies
One of the most misunderstood types of car accident injuries is whiplash. Other types of car accident neck injuries can be serious and complicated as well. This is why whiplash injury victims need to take two steps as soon as possible after their car accident – get medical attention, then talk to a lawyer.
Our Maryland whiplash accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan in Silver Spring can help you every step of the way. We know the challenges that injury victims face after a serious car crash. This is especially true if your collision was clearly caused by another driver and whose insurance company is now doing everything they can to downplay or deny your claim.
When you have our legal team on your side, you can take a stand and demand the financial compensation you deserve. Maryland has an at-fault car insurance system. That means you should be compensated for all your accident expenses if someone caused your collision. We realize these cases can be complicated, but we’re prepared to rise to the challenge.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury involving damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and soft tissue in the neck. Often, whiplash is caused by the rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. This is why rear-end accidents often result in whiplash, especially for drivers and passengers in the car that was rear-ended.
Other common neck injuries sustained in crashes
Along with whiplash, other common types of car accident neck injuries include:
- Herniated disc – Damage to the soft tissue located between discs in the neck.
- Neck fracture – Broken neck bones, especially the cervical bone.
- Neck sprain – Injuries to connective tissue (ligaments) in the neck.
Whiplash symptoms & warning signs
There are many warning signs for whiplash and other types of neck injuries, including:
- Neck pain and stiffness in the neck muscles.
- Mild or severe headaches sometimes days or weeks after an accident.
- Dizziness or poor balance.
- Constantly feeling tired.
- Ringing in ears.
- Tingling sensation in the arms or hands.
- Blurred vision or difficulty seeing.
In addition, whiplash symptoms are sometimes delayed. As a result, many people don’t even realize they have whiplash after a car accident, which is why seeking medical attention after a crash to diagnose any potential injuries is essential.
Why are whiplash injury claims complex?
Delayed symptoms are just one of the reasons why whiplash injury claims can often be very complicated. Because crash victims might feel fine immediately after an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might try to claim that you or anyone else who has whiplash isn’t really injured.
More broadly, some insurance companies don’t even believe that whiplash is that serious of an injury. This is why it’s especially important to have an experienced attorney handling your whiplash injury claim or lawsuit. Otherwise, your claim might not get the attention it rightfully deserves.
Can I file a whiplash lawsuit in Maryland?
You have the right to file a whiplash injury lawsuit seeking damages, the legal term for financial compensation. The same is true for any neck injury sustained in a car accident. However, it's important to understand the rules and regulations governing such legal cases.
First, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. In Maryland, the deadline for filing a car accident lawsuit is three (3) years from the date of the accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations.
Second, in order to give your lawsuit the best opportunity for success, you need evidence in support of your case. Such evidence can include medical records, accident reports, or statements from eyewitnesses who saw your crash. This is why you need to act fast after your accident. Because the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case.
How much is my whiplash injury worth?
Like other car accident claims, you should be financially compensated for all your accident expenses if another driver caused your crash. What you might not realize is just how many expenses your whiplash injury claim or lawsuit covers. This includes:
- Total cost of all medical care, including diagnostic medical tests, follow-up doctor’s appointments, surgical procedures, and physical therapy.
- Vehicle repairs or the cost of buying a new car if your vehicle was totaled in your car crash.
- Replacement income if you need time off from work to rest and recover, which is common in cases involving whiplash and other neck injuries.
Get the Maryland law firm that gets results
Whiplash injury claims and lawsuits can be complicated, frustrating legal cases. Because insurance companies often deny whiplash injury claims, you could be left with a mountain of medical bills and other expenses you cannot afford to pay after your accident. This is not right.
The other driver caused your accident. As a result, you deserve to be compensated for all your accident expenses. We get what’s at stake. That’s why our Maryland whiplash injury lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights every step of the way.
Put your trust in the law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation at our Silver Spring law firm today. We handle whiplash injury claims and lawsuits throughout Maryland.