There is no single average settlement value for whiplash injury, as the value of car accident cases varies depending on the following factors:
- The cost of your economic and non-economic damages
- The severity of your injuries
- How much the injury has affected your quality of life
You may be able to add up the cost of your medical expenses (both past and future expected costs) and then get some sense of your case’s value. However, we can help you put a dollar value on all expenses in your case, including your pain and suffering (past and future), income losses, and more.
Calculating the Short-Term and Long-Term Costs in Whiplash Cases
According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is something you could recover from within a matter of weeks––if you follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment. However, these injuries can also leave car accident victims with chronic pain and health complications.
The symptoms you may notice in the days following the accident include:
- Dizziness or headaches
- Pain in the shoulders and upper body
- Neck stiffness or neck pain
Such short-term symptoms could be managed by pain medications, muscle relaxants, rest, and even some stretching exercises.
However, Mayo Clinic also notes that whiplash complications could involve severe pain and substantial issues with mobility. Serious cases could require short-term or long-term physical therapy in order to recover.
Medical Costs Related to Whiplash
If you had to seek treatment to get better, you could recover the cost of your past and future medical care. These costs could include:
- Emergency room visits
- Physical therapy
- Visits to a doctor, chiropractor, or other specialists
- Medical assistive devices
The insurance company may argue that your whiplash injury isn’t serious, but we understand how much these injuries can affect your health and life—in both the short term and long term.
Whether your whiplash affects you for only a short period or causes you to have to take a different job, we will help you seek the best possible settlement. We will work to include all the costs of your injuries into your case’s value, including past, present, and expected future costs.
Other Damages You Can Seek in a Whiplash Case
You can recover more than just your medical costs in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. We can help you identify all damages available in your case, including both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Past lost income: This loss reflects the money you could not earn at work due to time spent in recovery.
- Future loss of earning capacity: We can include an estimate of how your injuries will affect your ability to earn income in the future.
- Past and future pain and suffering: If your whiplash injuries have caused severe pain and other challenges, we will fight to include these damages in your case.
- Vehicle damage: This includes the cost of repairing or replacing your car.
One of the benefits of working with someone from our team is that we will do everything we can to maximize your settlement value. Because we have experience with car accident cases and whiplash injuries, we understand how much we could demand from an insurance company on your behalf.
If you represent yourself, you may not realize that you could be leaving money on the table. You don’t have to be alone in your case—we can help.
For a free legal consultation, call (702) 633-3333
How to Seek the Best Possible Settlement for Your Whiplash Case
The value of your car accident case is not fixed or predetermined. There are many things you can do to increase your chances of receiving a full, fair settlement.
Wait to See What Kind of Care You Need before Accepting a Settlement
You should wait until you understand the extent of your injuries before accepting a settlement. Your doctors could end up telling you that you require physical therapy—but if you’ve already accepted an offer from the insurer, you can’t ask for more money later on.
Attend Your Doctor’s Appointments and Follow Through with Treatment
Insurance companies may try to lower your settlement value through many tactics. They could suggest that you made your injuries worse if you skipped any treatments ordered by your doctor, for instance. We advise that you avoid this potential complication entirely by following through with all recommendations from your medical team.
Contact Our Team
We will help you put the value of your case in context. We can handle negotiations with the insurance company and determine the value of your damages.
The Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson Can Handle Everything for You
Call someone from our team for a free case review and learn about the average settlements for whiplash injuries like yours at (702) 633-3333. NRS §11.190(4)(e) sets the deadline for your case, so we encourage you to call us today.