A Clifton whiplash accident lawyer from Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. may be able to help you pursue a third-party liability insurance claim. After a New Jersey car accident that resulted in a whiplash diagnosis, you may qualify to seek damages based on the severity of your injuries and an inability to return to work at full capacity.
Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111. We will review your case for free to determine if you can take action to recover damages based on negligence and liability in your case. If so, we can handle your claim or legal case based on contingency.
Whiplash Is a More Serious Injury Than Many People Realize
Unless you or a loved one has experienced whiplash before, at first it may not seem like a very serious injury. Even insurance companies and courts often downplay this type of injury to the soft tissue of the neck. However, it can keep victims out of work for weeks or months and lead to chronic pain.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), whiplash is a neck injury that may affect a number of structures in the neck. Sometimes your doctor may refer to this type of injury as a sprain or strain of the neck. The affected structures may include:
- Intervertebral joints.
- Discs in the neck and upper back.
- Ligaments in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
- Cervical muscles.
- Nearby nerve roots.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms may be apparent immediately following an accident, but more commonly, they appear over the hours or days following the collision. This is one reason why it is important to seek medical care even if you do not believe you have serious injuries. Symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Stiffness and limited range of motion.
- Severe pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.
- Myofascial injuries.
- Paresthesia and other unusual sensations.
- Memory loss.
- Problems with concentration.
- Other cognitive, somatic, or emotional symptoms.
Treatment may last a few days, a few months, or be ongoing, depending on how long your symptoms persist. Your treatment could include:
- Immobilization with a cervical collar.
- Pain medication.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Muscle relaxants.
- Physical therapy to recover range of motion and strength.
Most car accident victims who suffer whiplash recover within 90 days. Many have little or no pain after several days. However, others develop a chronic pain condition, including serious headaches, related psychological conditions, or neck pain, and require ongoing medication and care.
If you receive a whiplash diagnosis after a Clifton car accident, Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. will review your case for free. You can reach a member of our team today by calling (201) 585-9111.
Recoverable Damages in a Clifton Liability Insurance Claim
If you can pursue a claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy, we may be able to reach a fair settlement with their auto insurance carrier. In some instances, we may need to take the case to court. The damages recoverable in a claim or at trial could include:
- Medical treatment, therapy, and related care.
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Lost wages while you are out of work or your work is limited.
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your accident injuries.
- Pain and suffering losses.
- Other intangible damages.
Deadlines for Pursuing Financial Recovery in Court
Most car accident cases in New Jersey never go to court. However, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit and take the evidence we gathered to trial to argue for an award based on your losses.
While insurance claims are often negotiable, we need to ensure we reach an agreement before the time runs out to file a lawsuit. Under NJ Revised Statute § 2a:14-2 (2018), we generally have two years from the accident date to file paperwork in your case. If we miss this deadline, it may mean you lose the right to file a lawsuit, and we lose the leverage necessary to negotiate a just settlement with the insurer.
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. Can Evaluate Your Case
A Clifton whiplash accident lawyer from Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. may be able to help you pursue financial recovery following a Clifton traffic accident. We will evaluate your accident to determine if you can seek fault-based damages. If so, we may be able to help you file your claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
Whiplash cases are notoriously difficult injuries to document. We will need to prove your injuries and how they affect your life. To do so, we must build a case based on your medical records, other documentation of injuries, medical expert opinions and accident reconstruction, as well as evidence that support negligence and liability.
Our team understands how significantly whiplash can affect every part of your life, causing serious pain and keeping you out of work. The medical bills can add up quickly. Let Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. help you recover compensation for these damages.
Connect With a Member of Our Car Accident Team Today
If you suffer from whiplash symptoms following a New Jersey car accident, you may be able to seek compensation in an insurance claim or lawsuit. To learn if you are eligible, let a member of our team review your insurance policy, medical details, and the facts of your case today for free.
A Clifton whiplash accident lawyer from Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. may be able to seek and secure the payout you need to cover your related damages. Call our firm today at (201) 585-9111 to learn more.