A car accident on a Kentucky roadway can happen in the blink of an eye. Even a minor accident can result in whiplash. Whiplash refers to the back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.
Causes and Symptoms
While whiplash is mostly caused by rear-end accidents, it can also be caused by sports accidents and falls. Whiplash is a painful injury that typically gets better over time, although some people suffer from long-term complications. Approximately 300,000 people in the United States suffer disability from whiplash injuries every year, with nearly half of the whiplash victims still experiencing symptoms after several months.
Understanding the Grades of Whiplash
Whiplash is classified by severity or grade. There are four grades of whiplash:
- Grade 0: No injuries involved.
- Grade 1: Injuries such as pain, but no physical signs.
- Grade 2: Neck pain and musculoskeletal injuries.
- Grade 3: The most severe type with neck pain and physical impairment, limited movement, and neurological issues.
Determining Settlement Amounts
Whiplash settlement amounts can vary dramatically, as no two cases are the same. Settlements can range from $10,000 for mild injuries to $1 million or more for disabling life-changing injuries. The settlement amount primarily depends on the grade of whiplash.
Maximizing Your Compensation
To maximize your compensation, proper organization and documentation are essential. Keep records of all damages, including medical bills and lost wages. Consider the impact of the injury on your life, such as loss of mobility and the ability to engage in activities or work.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
An experienced Louisville personal injury lawyer from Noakes Law can assess your car accident case and help you get the most compensation possible for whiplash and other injuries you have suffered. Schedule a consultation by calling our Louisville office at (502) 251-9242 or filling out the online form. Act now to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.