Commonly seen in rear-end collisions, whiplash happens when your neck is forcefully whipped or snapped back-and-forth. You might be facing a lengthy recovery time if your car accident injuries include whiplash. In addition, you might not be able to work and support yourself or your family while your body heals from its injuries.
If another party’s negligence caused your car crash, a New Orleans whiplash lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. We help our clients fight for compensation via personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits.
To learn more about your legal options, contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777. We offer a free, no-obligation case review to New Orleans car accident victims.
If you qualify, we may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis.
Causes of Car Accidents
Proving how negligence caused your car accident may be necessary to recover compensation in your case. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can work hard to demonstrate the fault of the liable party, assign financial liability, and fight for compensation on your behalf.
There are many ways that driver negligence can cause a car accident. This may include:
- Tailgating or following another driver too closely
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Illegal lane change
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
Non-driver parties could also be liable for a car accident in some cases. For example, mechanical failures that cause accidents may be the fault of a negligent mechanic or the manufacturer of a defective vehicle component. If the accident was caused by an unsafe road condition such as a broken traffic signal or a pothole, a negligent municipality responsible for road maintenance may be at fault.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 777-7777
Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash After a Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident, you might be offered medical care at the scene of the accident. Emergency medical technicians can assess your injuries, render medical aid, and transport you to a local emergency room if needed. If you do not receive emergency medical care at the accident scene, it can still be important to see a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible.
The Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor for any whiplash symptoms related to a car accident. Such symptoms may include:
- A stiff neck or neck pain that gets worse when you move
- An inability to rotate or move your neck as you normally would
- Persistent headaches
- Unexplained tiredness, dizziness, irritability, or trouble focusing
- Blurry vision, a sound of ringing in the ears, and trouble recalling details
Speaking to a health care professional after your accident can help with your diagnosis and treatment. It can also establish proof that your injuries came from the car accident in your medical record, which may be used as evidence in your personal injury case.
Treatment for whiplash can include immobilizing your neck, prolonged periods of rest, pain control and management, and a gradual return to your usual routine. Whiplash can also present chronic pain or symptoms for some patients.
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Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
Depending on the details of your accident and your injuries, the following damages may be recoverable:
- Ambulance fees, emergency room bills, and hospital stays
- Current and future accident-related medical care and services
- Lost wages or other income
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Keep careful track of your medical bills and injury-related expenses. Your lawyer may be able to assign a monetary value to your compensation claim using this evidence. We might also be able to help you determine the value of the intangible portions of your claim, such as pain and suffering.
For a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777.
We May Be Able to Negotiate a Financial Settlement on Your Behalf
When you work with a New Orleans whiplash lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we can manage the legal work in your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
After we have collected evidence of the responsible party’s liability and the value of your damages, we can file an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. This may allow us to reach a fair settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company. If not, we can take your case to trial.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can handle all communications, negotiations, and paperwork on your behalf during this process. Our staff can also answer your questions and give you updates on the progress of your case.
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The Statute of Limitations in Louisiana
According to the Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you generally have one year from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana. A failure to meet the deadline in your case could result in a judge dismissing your lawsuit.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers encourages all accident victims to call us as soon as possible after their accident. A member of our team can go over the specific deadlines in your case during your initial consultation.
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A New Orleans whiplash lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight for compensation.
For a free consultation on your case with our car accident team, call (504) 777-7777 today. If you qualify, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis, where we do not charge attorney fees unless and until you recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.