A Whiplash Injury Lawsuit in California
A lot of accident victims walk into their California accident lawyers office hoping to sue the other driver. They don’t realize that you can only sue for injuries and damages you’ve actually suffered. When it comes to whiplash, it simply isn’t worth all that much. The best thing to do is meet with your attorney and let them review your case. They’ll let you know what your options are so you can make an educated decision.
Your California Accident Lawyer Will Be Upfront and Honest
One of the great things about meeting with one of our California accident lawyers is that they’ll be honest with you. The last thing they want to do is get your hopes up for no reason. If they don’t think your case is worth enough to pursue legally, they’ll tell you. Of course, they can help you file an appeal with the insurance company. There may have been information missing. Or the insurance company wanted to see a letter from your treating physician. Your attorney can do that. Just remember that your lawyer will be entitled to 1/3 of whatever you collect.
Did You Suffer Any Other Type of Injury?
If you went directly to the hospital after your car accident, they should’ve run a series of tests to see if you were okay. If your doctor confirmed that you only suffered whiplash, your case may not be worth filing a lawsuit. Whiplash is one of those injuries that are impossible to prove. There isn’t a test your doctor can do to show whiplash. It doesn’t show up on any x-rays or MRIs. It will be a matter of your doctor’s word over the defendant’s word. All your doctor can do is describe your symptoms and deduce that you’ve suffered whiplash. There’s no treatment for this injury. It’s just a matter of waiting for it to get better.
Was Your Vehicle Damaged in the Crash?
If you were involved in a car accident, odds are your vehicle was damaged. If you were involved in a rear-end accident, then the back of your car would be smashed in. If, on the other hand, you were the victim of a head-on collision, your car may be totaled. This will help your California accident lawyer decide if they want to handle your claim. If you have significant damage to your car or SUV, it can be combined with your whiplash claim. On its own, a whiplash claim is just too small to warrant legal action.
Talk to an Experienced California Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been involved in a car wreck and walked away with no serious injuries, consider yourself lucky. Most people end up with broken bones, nerve damages and internal injuries. If you only suffered whiplash, it may not make sense to file a lawsuit. Ideally, the insurance company will pay for any medical bills you accrued. But if this is your injury, it may not be worth taking to court. Unless you suffered significant damage to your car, your California accident lawyer may not want to file legal action on your behalf.
Part of the reason is that whiplash is difficult, if not impossible to prove. Also, even if you prove you suffered whiplash, your case may not be worth much at all. Before you make any decisions on how to pursue, call and set up a free consultation with one of our California accident lawyers. The consultation won’t cost you a dime and the attorney will give you an honest answer about what your claim is worth.