It’s not uncommon after a minor auto accident to feel neck pain or tenderness. If you have a serious soft-tissue injury following a car accident, it is important that you contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible to file a personal injury claim. Injury compensation covers your medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other accident-related expenses.
What is a low impact accident?
A low impact accident (also called a “fender bender”) is when two vehicles hit each other at speeds less than 10 mph. Imagine that you are stuck in 5 o’clock traffic. As you inch your car forward, you accidently go too far and hit the car in front of you. After a low impact accident, you may experience soft tissue injuries like whiplash. While the impact of the accident is low, there is still the risk of soft tissue injury which can affect your ability to work.
What injuries can result from low impact accidents?
The most common injuries from low impact auto accidents affect the muscles in your neck. Soft tissue injuries (like neck strain and whiplash) are common after a fender bender. Whiplash injuries are usually caused when the force of the collision jerks the head forward or backward.
Whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain and tenderness
- Stiff neck muscles
- Losing full range of motion in your neck
- Headaches that originate at your skull’s base before spreading to the forehead
While your neck pain is real, it can be difficult trying to prove your claim to an auto insurance company. By nature, car insurance claims adjusters are skeptical of people claiming injuries that are difficult to diagnose. Many claims adjusters are also under the misconception that personal injury is unlikely after a low impact auto collision. A personal injury attorney can help you get the you need to pay medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Most people have neck pain for over a week after low impact car accidents. It’s important not to ignore your symptoms of soft tissue injury. If you are in pain, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The best way to prove your car accident claim is through medical documentation.
How do I get injury compensation?
If you or a loved one has been recently injured in a fender bender, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to file an injury claim. A personal injury law firm will be able to stand up for your rights so you can get the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other related expenses. Since soft tissue injuries can be hard to prove, you’ll need an experienced auto accident lawyer on your side who understands how to use medical documents as evidence.
Attorney Jerry Beurkens is dedicated to helping his clients get the compensation they deserve after low impact auto accidents. If you are interested in setting up a legal consultation with our auto accident lawyers, give our attorneys in Grand Rapids a call at (616) 459-5344.