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Suffering from whiplash after getting rear ended…

Submitted By: Anna (Newburgh, NY )

I was stopped in the road about to make a left turn when a car rear ended me. I’ve suffered from whiplash, post concussion, neck pain, back pain and headaches for 3 weeks now.

I’ve been to the emergency room 3 times for these pains and I’m seeing a chiropractor for my neck and back. Can I receive a settlement for these injuries from a rear end car accident? Thanks for the help.

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Answer

Dear Anna,

Rear end car accidents are the most common of fender benders. In your case, you have done everything right and you will want to continue to see your chiropractor until you are released from treatment.

Advise the chiropractor that you are going to pursue a personal injury claim to make sure that they will take this claim on a lien so that you do not get charged. This could result in an adverse rating to your credit. Secondly, submit a claim to the driver’s insurance company so that they know your intentions.

Finally, focus on getting better and know that you will not be thinking about settlement until you complete treatment. Be mindful, however of the statute of limitations in your state.

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: December 6, 2010

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