Car Accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence in Montana and many other states. Whether the accident happens on the street or highway, those involved can be left with long-lasting post-accident injuries. One of the most common injuries is a whiplash neck injury. Whiplash is often overlooked and minimized due to a lack of understanding of the injury. While whiplash is not a life threatening injury, victims can be left with a prolonged period of partial disability.
Depending on the severity of the car accident, there can be chronic symptoms that victims experience for years after the injury. Even in relatively low impact car accidents, serious whiplash injuries can occur depending on various factors including the angle of the impact and the positioning or rotation of the occupant’s neck at the time of impact. Whiplash injuries from auto accidents can also be enhanced if the breaks of the injured party’s vehicle were activated prior to impact or if the accident was a surprise in which the occupant did not have time to brace for the impending crash. All of these factors can dramatically increase the severity of the injury. See “Whiplash Injuries: Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome” by Stephen M. Foreman and Arther C. Croft which explains this concept in detail. This authoritative treatise explains the mechanics of how the tremendous forces involved in auto accidents apply to the spine and cause injury.
Fair compensation for whiplash injuries varies based on the facts of the car accident and the severity and duration of the symptoms you are experiencing. After you are involved in a car accident it is critical to obtain medical care to ensure your injuries are objectively documented. This is particularly true with soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash.
Given that whiplash injuries are more difficult to identify and objectively prove insurance companies often aggressively adjust and litigate these claims and refuse to pay the full damages suffered by the injured person prior to trial. Hence, hiring a skilled trial lawyer with substantial experience in handling auto accident claims will help ensure that insurance companies do not ignore your injuries. In many situations, hiring a reputable car accident attorney will compel insurance companies to either fairly value the harm you have suffered or face a jury trial. The attorneys at Hoyt and Blewett have a long history of obtaining fair compensation for those who have suffered car accident injuries in Montana.
With more than 40 years of experience in the field of personal injury law, the lawyers at Hoyt and Blewett PLLC will work to ensure that you get fair compensation based on your long term injuries and disabilities.
Hoyt and Blewett PLLC is committed to holding insurance companies accountable for injuries caused in auto accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury, contact us to learn more about your potential injury claim.