One of the most common injuries sustained during an auto accident in Oklahoma is whiplash. Occurring most often in rear-end collisions, whiplash is the widely accepted term that refers to “a range of injuries to the neck caused by a sudden compression and extension of the ligaments of the spine.” When whiplash occurs the ligament has been either hyperextended (stretched beyond its reasonable means) or torn altogether. The tiny discs between the vertebrae can also be ripped, causing what is known as a disc herniation. If you are in Oklahoma and you have been involved in a car accident that has left you with painful whiplash for an indefinite amount of time, it is in your best interest to contact a professional personal injury attorney as soon as you are able to do so. In the meantime:
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Injuries that result from traffic accidents can take hours or sometimes even days before they begin to make themselves known. It is crucial to your case that you go to the doctor immediately after your accident, even if you do not think you have been injured in any way. Many injuries that involve injury to the soft tissue, such as whiplash, are not instantly apparent. When presented with all of the facts regarding how your accident occurred, what type and degree of pain you are feeling, and where you are feeling it will help your doctor to know what is going on and help him know what to look for to see if a whiplash diagnosis applies to your situation. For the best outcome of your injury claim, the first assessment of your health that takes place after the accident must come from a medical professional. This means that while at the scene of the car accident you should not make any comments regarding how you are feeling. Once you have been medically diagnosed, make sure you retain all paperwork given to you at the hospital and contact your Oklahoma personal injury attorney as quickly as you can.
Document Your Medical Expenses
This is one of the smartest things you can do to help your claim and to give your personal injury attorney a helping hand. Make sure that you keep a file that contains every piece of medical paperwork you get throughout the course of your treatment. If at all possible, you should also make copies of everything and keep a backup folder with your personal injury attorney in the event that something happens to any of the originals. Make sure you keep track of all times you had to be away from your place of employment due to appointments, therapy or the injuries themselves, the miles you have had to drive, any prescription costs, therapy costs, and expenses brought about by home care providers or medical devices. Before you are going to be able to claim so much as one dollar for your losses the insurance company is going to want to see indisputable proof of each and every single penny that you are alleging you spent due to your whiplash or any other injuries caused by your traffic accident.
Whiplash injuries that result in lawsuits are often dismissed as fake claims by slick insurance adjusters. When you have an attorney from the McGuire Law Firm on your side you can feel certain that your rights will be taken very seriously and that we will strive to get you compensated for every damage that the law says you are entitled to. If you think you would be interested in a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please give us a call today at (405) 513-5658 and find out what we can do to help you.