Neck Injuries Caused by Car Accidents in Massachusetts
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. Yet, it often goes untreated by doctors and unrecognized in insurance settlements. Why do doctors and insurance adjusters sometimes ignore or minimize whiplash and similar soft-tissue injury?
Sometimes, the car accident victim doesn't experience symptoms of whiplash until several days after the car accident. If the individual does not seek medical treatment, there can be no diagnosis of whiplash. It is also possible for whiplash symptoms to be misdiagnosed as tension headaches or jaw aches, dizziness related to concussion or another injury, or pre-existing back pain.
Insurance adjusters, generally speaking, offer minimal insurance payouts for whiplash injury claims because whiplash is almost impossible to prove. Whiplash does not usually appear on an x-ray, a CT scan or an MRI. Nevertheless, the pain and limited motion are very real for individuals who suffer serious soft-tissue injury.
Without proper treatment, chronic pain after a whiplash injury can last for months, years or permanently.
Don't Ignore Symptoms of Whiplash or Soft-Tissue Injury
If you are suffering from symptoms of whiplash, a car insurance settlement can help you pay for the necessary medical treatment. A car insurance settlement can also replace any wages lost due to time off work for necessary medical treatment.
Even though whiplash is the subject of many lawyer jokes, it is still a serious injury. Left untreated, whiplash can cause chronic headaches, decreased concentration, or permanently limited range of motion. Any one of these consequences could affect a person's ability to work and earn an income.
The financial consequences of whiplash can be very real. If you have been in a rear-end car accident and are suffering any symptoms of whiplash, seek medical attention and follow the doctor's treatment plan. If you are seeking assistance filing the necessary paperwork to get reimbursement from your insurance company, the Law Firm of Connell & Foresta would be happy to help. We can explain how the insurance claim process works and the benefits of filing an insurance claim after a car accident.
We will not pressure you to file an insurance claim if you choose not to, and we will never rush your claim to settlement. In our experience, a thorough claim is more valuable to an accident survivor than a fast claim in the end.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Andover or Newton office. You pay no legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.