Whiplash is a term that refers to neck damage, which is commonly suffered after a car accident. How much you can get for a whiplash case largely depends on the situation. If the other driver can be proven negligent, as in most rear-end collisions in Jacksonville, then personal injury protection (PIP) claims should kick in. The insurance company will want to see your medical reports including X-rays and other proof that you or the other passengers suffered whiplash and/or other physical ailments resulting directly from the car crash. In many cases, insurance companies investigate the state of the automobile to assess the severity of the accident. Some insurance companies will try to invalidate a whiplash claim if their investigators believe that not enough damage was done to the vehicle. A PIP insurance lawyer can help you navigate the tricky and frustrating territory of PIP insurance.
The amount you are eligible to receive depends on several factors including the severity of the whiplash and other neck or bodily injuries. Also, the amount may be linked to the extent of the other driver’s negligence. The sooner you file the whiplash claim, the more likely the damages will be paid in full to the amount that is reasonable. Unfortunately, Florida courts have become stricter in whiplash cases, frequently mandating that a doctor testify that the whiplash led to permanent neck damage. When you are suing a negligent motorist, the defendant will also hire an insurance attorney who will find a doctor to testify that the whiplash you suffered was not a permanent injury—even if that doctor did not treat you. The victim of a negligence suffering from whiplash will receive a larger settlement in some situations, especially when the negligent driver was under the influence.