What should I do if I get whiplash from a car accident?

Car accidents can leave victims with a range of injuries, and one of the most common is whiplash. If you’ve recently experienced a car accident and suspect you have whiplash, it’s crucial to understand what steps to take to protect your health and legal rights. In this blog post, we’ll provide valuable insights on what you need to know if you are in this situation.

Understanding Whiplash:

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury when the head is suddenly jerked backward and forward, causing strain on the neck muscles and ligaments. It commonly happens in rear-end collisions, but can occur in various types of accidents. 

Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, and tingling sensations. It’s important to seek medical attention promptly, as symptoms may not appear immediately after the accident.

If you have been in an accident, these are the steps you should take:

  1. Seeking Medical Attention:The first and most crucial step after a car accident is prioritizing your health. Even if you don’t experience immediate symptoms, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional to evaluate your condition thoroughly. A medical assessment will ensure early detection of any underlying injuries and create a vital record that can support your claim in the future.
  2. Documenting the Accident:

    To build a strong case, it’s critical to document all aspects of the accident and your injuries. This includes gathering evidence such as pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles involved, and visible injuries. Additionally, keep a record of medical reports, treatment plans, and expenses related to your whiplash injury. These documents will serve as crucial evidence when filing a claim.
  3. Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney:

    Navigating the legal process alone can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with insurance companies. Consulting a personal injury attorney specializing in car accident cases, at Castan Lecca & Boeschen, we can significantly enhance your chances of receiving fair compensation. We will guide you through the entire claims process, protect your rights, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.

  4. Filing an Insurance Claim:

    You must file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to seek compensation for your whiplash injury. It’s crucial to provide all necessary documentation, including medical records, police reports, witness statements, and other evidence related to the accident. Your attorney will help you navigate this process, ensuring your claim is comprehensive and persuasive.

  5. Evaluating Compensation:

    The compensation you may receive for your whiplash injury depends on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the impact on your quality of life. Evaluating the potential value of your claim is complex and requires considering both economic and non-economic damages.

    When assessing economic damages, the focus is on quantifiable losses, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. These damages can be calculated based on actual expenses and documented financial losses.

    Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more subjective and cover intangible losses, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the impact on your quality of life. These damages are often more challenging to quantify, as they don’t have a set monetary value. However, they can significantly contribute to the overall compensation you receive.

How Much Is My Whiplash Injury Worth? Claims & Payouts:

Determining the specific value of your whiplash injury settlement can vary widely based on individual circumstances. Factors such as the severity of your injuries, length of recovery, impact on daily activities, and the expertise of your legal representation all play a role in calculating the worth of your claim.

While there is no fixed formula for calculating whiplash settlements, specific guidelines can help estimate potential payouts. Minor whiplash injuries that resolve within a few weeks or months may result in lower compensation than more severe cases with long-lasting or permanent effects.

Insurance companies typically consider medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, lost wages, and the impact on daily life when evaluating the value of a whiplash claim. They may also consider the credibility of medical documentation, the strength of the legal case, and the likelihood of success if the claim were to go to court.

It’s important to note that each case is unique, and outcomes can vary significantly. Working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure that all relevant factors are considered, and your claim is aggressively pursued for maximum compensation.

Suffering from whiplash after a car accident can be a painful and stressful experience. By understanding the necessary steps and seeking professional guidance from Castan Lecca & Boeschen, you can protect your health and legal rights and secure the compensation you deserve. Remember, the key to a successful claim is seeking medical attention promptly, documenting the accident, enlisting the support of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, and carefully evaluating the potential value of your whiplash injury settlement.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a car accident resulting in whiplash, contact Castan Lecca & Boeschen today to schedule a consultation. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you navigate the complexities of the legal process and securing the compensation you deserve.




Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA





Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel



Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish



Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund



Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church



Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.