Whiplash is a common injury cited by many accident victims. One aspect to always remember concerning accident cases is that the circumstances and other factors involved in each case are different. As a result, it is impossible to assume that all injuries have the same effect on each person. Whiplash can be extremely painful and difficult to treat and may be suffered in different degrees by victims. Accordingly, damages are typically awarded based on the severity of the injuries.
The personal injury lawyers of our law firm recognize that accident victims dealing with the effects of whiplash may have a long road to recovery. Therefore, we can provide you with a free case evaluation and determine the amount of damages that would be appropriate for your case.
How Does Whiplash Occur?
Whiplash typically occurs when an individual’s head is quickly thrown backward and then forward by a tremendous force. Whiplash is common among those who have sustained injuries from accidents involving motor vehicles and amusement park rides. Additionally, whiplash can also be caused by sporting injuries and physical abuse.
When the muscles and ligaments that are in the neck extend beyond what is their normal range of motion, whiplash occurs. In many cases, whiplash may not manifest itself immediately but after several days following the accident.
How Much Financial Compensation Do Most Whiplash Victims Receive in Georgia?
As stated previously, every case is different in regard to how the final amount of compensation is awarded to whiplash injury victims. However, a typical whiplash settlement case in Georgia averages between $2,000 to $20,000. Damages are awarded based on a variety of factors such as:
- The severity of the injury
- Length of expected recovery time
- The length of time the injury victim has been out of work
- The total cost of medical expenses as related to the injury
- Pain and suffering
What Are Some of the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Whiplash is usually noticed by the injury victim the next day, with the injury victim experiencing painful symptoms that may worsen over time. They can include:
- Pain in the upper back, shoulders, and neck
- Blurry vision
- Severe migraines or headaches
- Inability to focus or remember important details
- Dizzy spells
If you have been involved in a car accident, especially if it was a rear-end collision, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Whiplash may become very painful as time passes, and you will need the help of a medical professional. After seeking medical assistance, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights and legal options.
How Long Does Whiplash Usually Last?
Although every whiplash case is different based on the force and severity behind the initial force that caused the injury, the average recovery time is approximately two to three months. During that time, your healthcare provider may recommend various treatments that involve seeing a chiropractor, deep tissue massage, and prescribed pain relievers.
Our law firm can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve after suffering a whiplash injury. Contact our law offices by calling (706) 278-2099 and ask to schedule a free consultation.