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Rear End Impact Causes Whiplash and Back Injury…

Submitted By: Anonymous (Fredericksburg, VA)

One day in February 2011 I was sitting at a stop light waiting for the light to change when I felt a rear end impact. I was hit from behind by someone driving approximately 35 to 40 mph. This vehicle hit me so hard that I hit the car in front of me.

I have a very bad case of whiplash, I sprang my back and I have micro tears in the muscles in my back, with $5,000 in damage to my car. I have been out of work for almost 2 months and have no income coming in. What do you think my settlement would be?

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Answer

Dear Anonymous,

First things first…

The damages to your vehicle will usually have nothing to do with the settlement for

your injuries. So make sure you are paid for the damages to your vehicle. Once that’s finished you can move on to the settlement for your injuries and out of pocket expenses.

The amount of your medical bills determines much of the amount of your settlement. In a normal case a good starting point for a settlement might be multiplying your medical bills, sometimes referred to as “Hard Costs,” by a factor of three. Add to that amount any lost wages and reasonable out of pocket expenses and you should be at a general settlement amount.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: March 29, 2011

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One thought on “Rear End Impact Causes Whiplash and Back Injury…

  1. I was involved in a rear end collision in 2011. I was initially seen by specialists and doctors for my injuries. As the weeks went by I completed all my appointments and was still having whiplash issues and suffered moderate TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

    I have been dealing with workmans compensation in this case and it has been brutal! I have not been able to get doctors on the workmans comp “MPN” list to treat me since March of this year. I have been calling doctors in my area to be treated but I can’t seem to get authorization from the workers comp people.

    I suffer from headaches and neck pain, with shoulder aches, knee problems and ankle pain. You would think after being rear ended by a tractor trailer at a dead stop would bring a better outcome!

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