Neck sprains can be quite painful and can come from a variety of accidents. One of the most common ways neck sprains are sustained is from car accidents. For this reason, neck sprains can sometimes result in personal injury lawsuits, particularly if the injury causes a lot of medical expenses, lots of pain and suffering, or lost days from work. Regardless of whether your injury was from a car accident or other accident, you may be entitled to damages if another person caused the injury.
If you've suffered a neck sprain and want to file a lawsuit, keep in mind that you will need to be able to prove fault in order to win your claim. For this reason, and for your own personal health, it is critical that you seek treatment for the injury right away and that you let your doctor perform all necessary tests. X-rays and MRIs can be very helpful in providing evidence of your injury. Keep records of ancillary medical treatments as well, such as costs to visit a physical therapist or to have help in your home. Documentation of your expenses will be required to back up your claim, along with your doctor's medical opinion that your pain is related to the accident in question.
The injury and the timing of the neck sprain will need to be proven in order for you to win a claim, so it's important that the tests your doctor performs are able to relate your pain to the injury. Because neck sprains often heal on their own without leaving permanent damage, the claims can sometimes be harder to prove, so you will need to see your doctor regularly and follow all recommendations.
Get Help from an Attorney
You should also talk to a qualified attorney immediately after your accident so that he/she can help ensure that you have taken all the necessary steps required to prove your claim, including gathering medical records, statements from witnesses and a statement from your doctor. Your attorney will also help you to ensure that the claim is filed correctly.
At some point along the way, you may be offered a settlement. Your attorney will help you determine whether or not the settlement is a fair one, or whether you should proceed to trial. A good way to get an idea, however, if the settlement being offered is fair is to keep track of all medical expenses and lost wages as a result of your injury. Your claim should be able to net you at least this amount in settlement. You may also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering in addition to documented expenses and lost wages.