Symptoms of Whiplash
After a serious accident, victims may not recognize symptoms of whiplash right away. That’s why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to get checked for injuries. People who put off going to the doctor may risk further injuring themselves.
Some of the common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
Typical treatment for whiplash includes use of over-the-counter and/or prescription pain medication and a day’s rest. This may be followed by physical therapy to restore normal range of motion in the neck and allow a return to normal activities. In severe cases, a patient may require more advanced pain control, such as muscle relaxants or an injection of lidocaine (Xylocaine), before starting physical therapy.
Some people also pursue alternative therapies for pain relief such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is the application of a mild electric current to the skin.
Seeking immediate medical attention is important for your health, and it begins the process of documenting your injury and its costs for a potential personal injury case.
What Causes Whiplash?
If you have been diagnosed with whiplash after an accident, you should talk to the South Florida personal injury lawyers of Rosen & Ohr about pursuing compensation for your costs and losses, commonly referred to as “damages.” Some of the common types of whiplash cases we handle involve:
Our skilled personal injury attorneys can launch an independent investigation into the accident that caused your injury. We will work quickly to determine who should be held responsible and begin building a strong claim for compensation. Schedule a free consultation now.
Compensation for Whiplash Injuries
When assessing a case involving whiplash injuries, our team will want to make sure we have accounted for all the damages you have suffered. Our skilled whiplash injury attorneys may demand compensation for:
- Medical expenses, both now and in the future
- Lost income, including reduced earning capacity in the future
- Property damages, such as the cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of familial relationship (loss of consortium)
- Pain and suffering
Many people ask us: “How much is a whiplash lawsuit worth?” The truth is, every case we handle is unique. The amount we pursue for you will depend on the damages you have suffered and can expect to suffer in the future as a result of your injury.
In many cases, our dedicated legal team is able to negotiate a full and fair whiplash settlement without going to trial. However, we are always prepared to take your case to a judge and jury if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement.
Talk to Our Experienced Florida Whiplash Injury
Do not wait to seek legal advice after a serious accident. If you or a family member has suffered whiplash injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you should learn about your rights to compensation.
You may be able to obtain money for medical expenses and other losses after suffering whiplash in a motor vehicle crash, a slip-and-fall accident, or any accident that you did not cause. However, there is a time limit on how long you have to file a personal injury claim in Florida, so act now.
Schedule a free consultation with a member of our highly qualified legal team today, and learn how we can help you.
Most people associate whiplash injuries with rear-end car accidents. However, any accident that causes a sudden jolt or violent shaking of your head and neck can cause whiplash.
The cost of medical care for whiplash injuries is expensive, and you may need to take time off work to recover, compounding the impact on your finances. If someone else’s negligence is to blame for your whiplash injury, you have a right to demand compensation for your losses.
What Is Whiplash?
If you have been told by a doctor that you have whiplash or “whiplash injuries,” this refers to damage caused by abrupt hyperextension of the neck, or bending and stretching your neck beyond its normal range of motion.
You may have suffered such specific neck injuries as:
- Muscle strain
- Ligament strain or rupture
- Disc damage
- Nerve damage
- Fractures of the cervical vertebrae
Whiplash can happen in many kinds of car wrecks or result from an assault, slips and falls, motorcycle accidents, but it typically occurs in some kind of collision that abruptly jolts or shakes the victim. In a rear-end car accident, for example, the motor vehicle that has been hit and its occupants are shoved forward upon impact. But as each individual’s torso moves forward, the head tends to stay in place, which causes the neck to arc and stretch backward for a moment before snapping back into an upright position.
The speed at which the neck moves back and forth is likened to the cracking of a whip, giving this injury the name “whiplash.”