You should retain a personal injury lawyer who will help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need. Pain for over a year is not a normal case of whiplash, and that impact speed is easily enough to cause you permanent damage.
I'm sorry about your father and your past experience with lawyers. Sometimes there's nothing a lawyer can do to help you.
Unfortunately, the fact that you have not seen a doctor for a year leaves a hole in your personal injury case. You can still see a doctor and if you are still in pain, that is certainly a good idea. However, insurance companies typically make a big deal out of any "gap" in treatment, and I anticpate the other person's insurance will do the same for the gap in your treatment. The "gap" argument is basically an argument by the insurance company that you were not really hurt by the accident but, if at all, by something else that occurred during that 1 year. That doesn't mean you can't get a successful outcome to your case. By saying the "gap" gets them off the hook, the insurance company is essentially saying the claimant is a fraud, so if you make a believable witness and are likely to convince a jury that you had pain that entire time, you will be able to overcome their defesne. You need to make sure that you have representation IMMEDIATELY and that you get some medical documentation of your injury.
Mr. Rosenthal does a fantastic job of explaining the "gap argument" that you currently face. You may want to contact an experienced car accident attorney to help you with your rear-end case and review your options moving forward. I wish you the best of luck.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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