New York City Whiplash Injury Attorney Advocates for Plaintiffs
Accomplished Firm Aids People who Hurt Their Neck in Car Accidents
Whiplash is a neck strain that occurs when a person’s head snaps back and forth quickly. This painful condition is most frequently associated with auto accidents where a vehicle’s momentum comes to a sudden stop. Victims might require extensive treatment to address symptoms such as stiffness, loss of motion and headaches. If you’ve been hurt in this way, you deserve a proven New York City whiplash attorney who can obtain the payment you need to cover medical bills, replace income you’ve lost and address other types of harm resulting from the collision. From offices in Lower Manhattan and Nyack, our attorney at the Marcowitz Law Firm, PLLC draws on more than 30 years of experience to help whiplash victims collect compensation through a verdict or settlement.
What Is Whiplash?
It is estimated that three million Americans suffer whiplash injuries each year when back-and-forth motion injures bones, ligaments or tissue in someone’s neck. In certain instances, the symptoms can be treated with pain medication and physical therapy, but in serious cases, whiplash-related conditions become chronic problems that have symptoms similar to those of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Common Types of New York Accidents that Cause Whiplash
Aggressive drivers heighten the likelihood that someone will suffer whiplash in a rear-end collision or another type of New York City car accident. With a relatively small percentage of the population owning cars, there is also a higher incidence of rideshare and bus accidents where people often are not secured by seatbelts. You might also suffer whiplash in a slip and fall or if you’re the victim of physical assault.
How Long Does Whiplash Last? Can it Be Treated?
Minor whiplash cases might be resolved in a few weeks with proper medical care. However, each case is unique and the doctor might need to prescribe special exercises so that you can regain pain-free-range of motion in your neck. You might have to take prescription pharmaceuticals and/or wear a neck brace. Activities that require head movement, which might include some sports and types of dancing, likely need to be stopped during the recovery period.
Can You Sue for Whiplash in New York?
Like other personal injury claims, a whiplash lawsuit usually must be filed within three years of the accident, but the deadline to seek insurance benefits is much shorter. Either way, medical bills don’t wait, and as time passes, critical evidence and witnesses become harder to find. As soon as possible after the accident, you should see a doctor and speak with a qualified attorney to learn about your legal options. We will examine the facts of your case to determine if you should seek payment from your insurance company or if a lawsuit is warranted under New York law. Benefits you can collect under your policy include reimbursement for healthcare costs, lost income and rehabilitation expenses.
What Is Needed to Win a Whiplash Lawsuit?
If your neck or back hurts following a vehicle crash or some other incident where your neck rapidly snapped back and forth due to an external force, you might be entitled to legal relief. Under New York’s no-fault auto insurance system, medical expenses up to $50,000 should be covered by your own insurance company. You might also have additional coverage that allows you to exceed the $50,000 minimum. When your crash-related expenses exceed what is compensated through your policy, our firm’s attorney can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver if your condition qualifies as a serious injury under New York law.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with The Marcowitz Law Firm Today
The Marcowitz Law Firm, PLLC in Manhattan and Nyack advocates on behalf of clients nationwide suffering from whiplash caused by an auto accident. Please call 718-529-4040 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation regarding compensation you might be entitled to in a personal injury claim.