New York Whiplash Attorneys
Even at relatively low speeds, car accidents can generate significant forces that can seriously harm motorists involved. When these forces cause a driver’s head and neck to be thrown sharply in a particular direction during the accident, the jolt can cause very serious damage to that driver’s head and neck. These injuries are commonly known as whiplash injuries. If another person’s negligence on the road causes a whiplash injury, the injured individual may be entitled to file for financial compensation for the suffering they have had to endure.
If you or someone you love has sustained a whiplash injury on the road due to someone else’s dangerous actions, we may be able help you seek damages through a personal injury claim. For more information regarding your full range of legal options after a car accident injury, contact a New York whiplash lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.
Do I Need a Whiplash Attorney?
The injuries incurred when you suffer from whiplash can be painful and debilitating. Moreover, there is an ongoing debate in the medical profession as to how exactly whiplash occurs and how to treat it, since the precise nature of the injury may be unclear. An attorney experienced in whiplash cases understands the best strategies to present your whiplash case as the serious injury it is.
It is in your best interest to retain a knowledgeable attorney who will aggressively and persuasively negotiate and litigate on your behalf. They have access to experts who can testify on your behalf and vast resources they can use to investigate your case. They are familiar with the tactics insurance may use to avoid paying you the compensation you need and can strategically fight back. With a lawyer’s help, you will likely receive more compensation than you would if you tried to handle your claim on your own.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP to Handle My Case?
When you need an attorney, you may feel pressure to simply choose the first one you find. If you have suffered whiplash injuries in an accident, however, it is important to find a firm that is the right fit for you. Experience and qualifications matter in helping you recover the fair amount of compensation you deserve.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our attorneys have decades of combined experience fighting aggressively for our injured clients’ rights. We have worked on countless cases with experts and we know how to manage the many issues within your case in order to successfully hold the responsible parties accountable. We are compassionate attorneys who strive to keep your best interests in mind in every strategic decision we make.
Our attorneys are also well-regarded by peers and clients alike. Partners Gregory Hach and Michael A. Rose have achieved great recognition in the national legal community. The firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2017, and Mr. Rose has received a Superb 10 out of 10 Avvo rating. Our firm’s attorneys have obtained million dollar and multi-million dollar outcomes for clients.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team is devoted to helping you regain some sense of control in your life after a debilitating and life-altering injury. We are dedicated to assisting you in recovering the compensation you are entitled to. It is our top priority to help you heal, and we strive to obtain the best results possible.
What is Whiplash and What Are the Symptoms?
Neck sprains or strains are at the root of what is commonly known as whiplash. It involves injury to the neck or cervical area of the spinal cord. Whiplash can occur when your head is moved suddenly back and forth. Often it occurs when your car is rear-ended, as your head continues forward and suddenly jerks back. It is believed that sudden jerking movements tear or stretch ligaments between vertebrae in your neck that cause pain and difficulty moving. Symptoms do not always appear immediately and can be delayed up to 24 hours or more beyond an accident. Concerns about whiplash should be addressed with a medical provider immediately.
Whiplash symptoms can be more or less severe depending on the type of accident and the general health of the injured person. It is important to note that whiplash can occur even in seemingly minor or low-speed accidents. Some of the following symptoms are common following an incident that causes whiplash:
- Neck pain and backache
- Shoulder pain
- Being stiff
- Tingling sensations in the arms or legs
The pain and other symptoms of whiplash can last for a short period of time or up to many years. Pain can be long-lasting, and the ability to turn your head or otherwise move your neck may be impaired for the long-term. A cure for whiplash has not been developed, so you are limited to having your symptoms treated without addressing the underlying problem.
Treatment Costs for Whiplash
Whiplash injuries are seen particularly in motor vehicle accidents, especially if a person is struck from behind. These injuries can cause pain throughout the neck and shoulders and may accompany minor to severe head trauma. Treatments for whiplash often include the following:
- Physical therapy and mobility exercises
- Cervical traction
- Pain medication and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- The use of a cervical collar
These treatments, in addition to any emergency care expenses, may be covered through an injury lawsuit if an injured individual successfully files against the motorist responsible for causing the accident.
Recovering Compensation in a Whiplash Case
After you have been in a car accident where you have suffered whiplash, it is important to take certain actions right away. This includes calling the police, making sure you are safe, obtaining necessary medical treatment, exchanging insurance information, and calling your insurance company to report the accident. Do not forget to document the accident as thoroughly as possible. Take photographs of the scene, record your recollection of the accident, and maintain a file of all paperwork involved.
The more documentation you have regarding the accident, the easier it may be to prove that the other driver’s negligence caused your injuries. Negligence is proven when you are able to show that someone had a duty to operate their vehicle responsibly, that they breached the duty, and that this breach of duty caused your injuries. Every driver has a duty to all other drivers to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner under the circumstances. When another driver is paying insufficient attention, is driving far above the speed limit, or is otherwise not driving carefully, a breach of the duty occurs. When an accident happens in these contexts, causing you injury, you may be able to hold the other driver accountable for your expenses and pain and suffering.
It is worth noting that in New York, no-fault insurance is the law. This means that unless your injuries cause more than $50,000 worth of damages, you may only be able to recover up to that amount from your own insurance company. If your injuries are more serious, you may be able to take your matter to court and receive compensation from the driver who was at fault. A lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP can advise you as to whether a lawsuit might be possible in your case.
Once entering into a lawsuit against another driver, you may be entitled to recover lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Lost wages are potentially available for the time you were forced to miss work, as well as future missed work if you will be unable to return to your original position as a result of your injuries. Medical bills, including hospital stays, doctor’s visits, and rehabilitation services can be included in your compensation. Pain and suffering are harder to put a dollar figure on, but physical pain and mental distress can be severe and you may be entitled to recover compensation for it.
A whiplash injury may leave you and your household with significant medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, and even lost wages due to recovery. Fortunately, with the support of a qualified attorney and a successful lawsuit, you may be able to claim compensation for most, if not all, of these expenses. To learn more about this legal action and how we may be able to help you, contact the New York whiplash attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.