Florida Car Accidents often Cause Whiplash Injuries to Victims of Negligence
One of the most common injuries from a auto accident in Florida is whiplash. Whiplash occurs during a car accident, most commonly one that involves a sudden stop. The injury happens when your head and neck are thrown in a very jarring and quick manner.
Common Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when your vehicle is struck by another vehicle during a motor vehicle accident. As the impact hits your car, it is eventually transferred to you. As your head continues to move forward (or any other direction) with the car, it is then suddenly jerked back into place. This causes the muscles and discs in your neck and back to be stretched too far, causing injury. This stretching and resulting injury is known as whiplash.
If you are involved in a car accident and think you received whiplash, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. Since whiplash can be hard to prove, you will need the medical documentation that comes along with prompt seeking of medical care.
Common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck Soreness and Stiffness
- Neck Strain
- Limited Range of Motion in Neck
- Strained neck muscles
- Numbness or Tingling in Arms
- Dizziness or Fatigue
- Pain or Soreness in your Shoulders and Upper Back
- Soreness overall in muscles and tendons of neck
Whiplash Injuries in Florida
If you’ve suffered whiplash as a result of a negligent Florida driver, you will most likely need to get compensation for your injuries. You will almost surely accrue costs associated with medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, a neck brace, and long term treatment like appointments with future medical professionals.
The most common damages from whiplash injuries and most other personal injury cases are:
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Lost wages from time off work
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
In order to seek these damages, you should have an attorney on your side that is willing to help you. The insurance company will have a whole team of them, all trying to deny your case and save their boss money.
Handling any case, including a whiplash case, is not something you want to do by yourself.
Florida law allows injured victims to be compensated for whiplash claims. However, insurance companies and their team of lawyers often minimize or deny whiplash claims because it rarely shows up on x-rays or MRIs.
This doesn’t mean the injury isn’t painful. In fact, whiplash is often extremely painful and debilitating. This is exactly why the use of a personal injury attorney can help you get compensation even when the medical records aren’t working in your favor.
How Can I Prove My Whiplash Injury?
The only way to prove a whiplash injury is through the careful gathering of expert testimony, which most often comes in the form of your doctors’ opinions. Your attorney will ask your doctor to testify as a medical expert on your behalf so that he can explain to the jury your symptoms and debilitations. Your attorney will also most likely gather medical records, images, or other materials to support your case as well.
How long does whiplash last?
Neck pain often goes away in a few days or weeks. However, between 12 and 50% of people who get neck pain from whiplash still have persistent neck or back pain even after a year. This extended length of healing is more likely to happen to victims who have severe pain immediately after the accident, those who have existing neurological symptoms or develop them after the accident, or if they are experiencing other symptoms like shooting pains.
How do you treat whiplash?
After you are diagnosed with whiplash, it is likely that you will begin a treatment plan that combines medicines with physical therapy.
You will likely be prescribed anything from anti-inflammatories and muscle-relaxers to opioid painkillers and steroid injections.
Will likely also receive home remedies that you can do to minimize the amount of discomfort you are experiencing. For example, your doctor will probably recommend hot and cold packs, home exercises, and specific ways to sleep.
The purpose of these home treatments is to work in unison with your doctors’ treatments to help you regain range of motion as quickly as possible.
Why do I need a Florida car accident attorney?
While you are recovering from an accident, the last thing you need is a legal headache dealing with all the red tape, paperwork, and tricks that will be thrown at you by the insurance company. Hiring a Florida personal injury lawyer after your whiplash injury allows you to simply defer everything to your attorney so that you can focus on your recovery.
A qualified, experienced Florida accident lawyer will understand the intricacies of negotiating with insurance companies and will have years of experienced doing it.
During this process, your attorney will attempt to settle your case for a fair value based on your damages. Or if this isn’t possible because of a stubborn low offer from your insurance company, you may have to file a lawsuit (or rather your attorney will for you).
Florida law allows four years from the date of incident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. Despite this period of time, you will want to act immediately after an injury. That length is mostly to allow for negotiations before it reaches the courts.
Acting immediately allows you to prove your injuries more easily, shows the urgency of your injuries, keep records and paperwork available, keeps everyone’s testimony accurate and up to date, and prevents negligent parties from disappearing.
Contact a Florida Whiplash Attorney Today
If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident, you there will be a ton of things to worry about. In fact, the whiplash probably won’t be your only injury so your will have all kinds of things going on. Don’t take on this charge by yourself; let the legal experts at The Eberst Law Firm handle the stress for you.
If you’re reading this article because you were recently in a car accident, contact us right away. We look forward to going over your case with you during your free consultation. Contact The Eberst Law Firm today online or by calling us at 772-225-4900.