A car accident can leave victims with painful injuries that affect their lives in almost every way. It also means they face extensive medical bills and long treatment times that keep them from working. Two of these common car accident injuries are whiplash and concussions.
If you’re one of the millions of people who are suffering from whiplash or concussion after a car wreck, you’re probably wondering how much a legal claim may be worth. Here’s what you need to know about claim settlements for these types of injuries.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury after a motor vehicle collision that results from the neck being snapped forward and then backward quickly and forcefully. It affects the muscles, nerves, and spinal joints in the neck—causing pain and numbness. Common symptoms include:
- Shoulder and back pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Arm numbness and tingling
What is a concussion?
A concussion occurs when there is an impact that causes a sudden back and forth movement of the head and brain. The brain will often bounce against the skull, causing a brain injury known as a concussion.
Concussions are considered to be a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and can cause:
- Pressure in the head
- Dizziness and balance issues
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling sluggish or confused
- Memory or concentration issues
What is the average car accident whiplash or concussion settlement?
Whiplash and concussion settlements can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury and the impact it has on the victim’s life. On average, a minor car accident whiplash claim can settle anywhere from $10,000 to upwards of $100,000.
However, a more catastrophic case of whiplash or concussion can settle for $1 million or more. Again, it varies based on how the injury affects the victim and for how long.
What factors affect the settlement amount?
Several factors can affect an injury settlement amount that fairly represents the accident victim’s losses. You may be able to claim compensation for the following damages after suffering whiplash or a concussion:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Surgical and treatment expenses
- Lost wages
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent impairment
The more severe the injury, the more you can expect in a legal settlement. This also applies to the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of the accident. Typically, pain and suffering compensation is commensurate with actual financial losses.
Speak with an experienced car accident attorney to see if you qualify to take legal action for your whiplash or concussion injuries after an accident.