If you suffered a whiplash injury after a Nashville car accident, you might be eligible to receive compensation. The Cochran Firm – Nashville wants to help you with your lawsuit by supplying you with a Nashville whiplash lawyer. To discuss your case with a member of our team, give us a call at (615) 651-7451.
Whiplash Symptoms Should Not Be Ignored
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that can also affect your shoulders and arms. It can occur when your head is thrown rapidly backward and forward during a car accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a common injury in rear-end accidents.
Whiplash symptoms include:
- Pain in your neck, shoulders, and/or arms
- Numb or tingling arms
- A stiff neck
If you experience any symptoms of whiplash after the crash, please seek medical treatment as soon as possible. While whiplash usually resolves on its own, in rare cases, it can lead to chronic pain. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Car accidents may also affect your neck, shoulders, and back in other ways, including:
- Disc injuries, e.g., herniated discs and bulging discs
- Pinched nerves
- Short-term pain
- Long-term pain
Whiplash symptoms may overlap with symptoms caused by more serious conditions. For example, a cervical fracture also causes neck pain and stiffness. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, it is always best to see a doctor sooner rather than later to prevent more serious damage from developing.
There is also an additional benefit of receiving medical care. Your visit will generate a medical record of your accident injuries. This record may serve as evidence should you decide to move ahead with a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury lawyer serving Nashville, call 615-678-6278
Our Team May Determine What Damages You Qualify to Receive
You have just one year to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident, according to the Tennessee Code §28-3-104. For this reason, The Cochran Firm – Nashville encourages you to call our office as soon as you can. Our phone number is (615) 651-7451. We have people standing by to take your call.
What Damages You May Qualify For
The types of compensatory damages you can sue for will vary on a case-by-case basis. This section will give you some ideas about what compensable damages include and how you may qualify for them.
For you to be eligible for economic damages, the accident must have caused you financial stress. This stress may take many forms, including:
- Medical costs: Your whiplash and/or other injuries required any sort of treatment, whether at a hospital, a doctor’s office, or at home (e.g., home care).
- Repair bills: You had to take your car to a mechanic or purchase a new car to replace the one that the accident destroyed.
- Lost income: Your injuries forced you to stay home from work, adding to your financial worries.
- Lost employment: Your injuries got you fired or forced you to retire before you planned.
For you to qualify for non-economic damages, the accident must have caused you physical and/or psychological stress. This may include any number of damages, such as:
- Disability: You have lost total or partial use of your hand, arm, neck, sense (e.g., sight or hearing), or any other body part or function.
- Disfigurement: You have sustained obvious or painful scarring from injuries that did not heal properly.
- Pain and suffering: You experienced or continue to experience physical or emotional distress due to your injuries.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has suffered because of your accident injury.
How much money can you recover for your economic and non-economic damages? That depends on how many injuries you suffered and how severe they are. A lawyer may be able to help you come up with correct dollar amounts, as discussed below.
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Let a Nashville Whiplash Lawyer Do the Work
Whiplash and the other consequences of an accident can make it difficult for you to devote the attention and concentration necessary to bring a lawsuit. Fortunately, you do not have to fight alone. The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to represent you from the beginning of your case all the way to the end.
Strengthening Your Case
To help convince the liable party’s insurance company that you deserve compensation, your lawyer may launch an investigation into your case. There are many sources your lawyer can turn to for evidence that might be able to support your claims. These sources may include:
- Medical records
- Police records
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert testimony (e.g., from a doctor)
- Surveillance video
Another way your lawyer may be able to strengthen your case is by making sure that you ask for reasonable compensation that accurately reflects your injuries. They may use the above evidence and your own testimony to help you calculate your damages.
Fighting for You
It is impossible to predict how long your lawsuit will take. Many times, insurance companies may agree to negotiate with plaintiffs. Your lawyer may do the negotiating for you so that you do not have to worry about facing the insurance company or preparing arguments on your own.
Other times, however, insurance companies do not want to negotiate or will not agree to plaintiffs’ compensation demands. You might want to consider the option of taking your case to court. Your lawyer may be able to put together a case that includes documentary evidence, eyewitness testimony, and oral arguments. They may then present that case to a jury.
Handling the Details
When it comes to legal matters, getting the little details right is just as important as the big things. Your lawyer may manage your case so that all necessary forms are properly submitted. Our legal team may answer your questions and keep you updated about how your case is going.
The Cochran Firm – Nashville wants to help you seek compensation. In addition to the tasks listed above, we can work on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us no attorney’s fees unless you are awarded compensation. To learn more about hiring a Nashville whiplash lawyer, call us at (615) 651-7451. We may help you start your case or answer your questions about your legal options.