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Understand how whiplash settlements might occur

Watching some movies and television shows can provide you with some unrealistic ideas. One of these has to do with whiplash after an accident. The movies and television shows can make whiplash seem like almost a joke after an accident. The fact is that whiplash isn't a joke at all. This is a very serious condition that can lead to long-term medical care needs that include medication, therapy and other treatments. In severe cases, it can even mean having to take time off of work.

For a person who is dealing with whiplash, it is necessary to get the medical care necessary to diagnose and treat the condition. A person who is going to seek compensation for the injury can use the records from this medical care as a part of his or her case to show that the whiplash was a result of the accident.

All medical records, including those from the emergency room, a doctor's office, physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic care, are all important in these cases. Even medication records and prescriptions can come into the picture.

It is important for everyone to show all of the damages of the injury if you are seeking compensation. This includes how much money you have missed from work if you had to take off of work. You should also try to show how else the whiplash has affected you. One example would be showing that you aren't able to do the things that you normally do. Keeping a journal might help with this.

As you seek compensation for the whiplash, you should make sure that you understand everything that is going on. Get answers to any questions that you have before you make any decisions about your case.

Source: FindLaw, "The Car Accident Whiplash Settlement Process," accessed Jan. 04, 2017

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