If you or a loved one was involved in a whiplash accident, contact a whiplash attorney immediately after you are checked out at a medical facility. Because of the adrenaline coursing through your body at the time of the accident, you may not feel the effects of a whiplash injury until hours after the accident. Visiting a medical facility ensures that you are properly diagnosed, even if you feel fine.
If you are diagnosed with whiplash, even if the injury resolves after a day or two after the whiplash accident, contact a whiplash attorney. If residual problems arise later, you will have beaten the statute of limitations for filing a legal action against the defendant. If the defendant was found to have caused the accident because of negligent behavior (such as drunk driving or running from the police), you may be entitled to punitive damages.