This type of injury occurs during an accident when someone’s head is jerked back and forth with great force. This results in a sprain or strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck area of the upper spine. Symptoms of whiplash can vary, but may include:
- Pain in the neck and back
- Neck stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder
- A tingling sensation in the arms and legs
Following an accident, a person with whiplash may not experience pain right away. They may not experience any symptoms for 24 hours or longer. That’s one reason it’s important to seek medical attention after being involved in a car accident. A medical professional can determine if you have suffered whiplash and start treatment immediately.
Fighting for your rights
Symptoms may last days, weeks or longer and can prevent you from taking part in your usual activities. They may also interfere with your ability to do your job. In some cases, people who suffer whiplash are left with permanent damage.
Whiplash is not a severe injury, but it does require treatment, and medical expenses can add up fast. If you do have to miss time from work, you can experience a loss of income. Under Florida’s no-fault insurance law, these damages are usually paid from the minimum $10,000 amount of personal injury protection (PIP) all drivers are required to carry.
It is important to remember that even your own insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. They may not take your whiplash seriously, and it may be difficult to recover compensation for your injuries. Their main interest is in protecting their profits. That means paying you as little as possible – preferably nothing.
Our experienced car accident attorneys know how to build a strong case that proves you suffered whiplash and deserve compensation for your medical expenses and any lost wages. Our legal team investigates your accident and knows where to look for evidence that supports your claim.
We know how insurance companies operate
The insurance company may question your injuries. Or, they may suggest you were injured before the accident happened. Our attorneys know the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid their responsibility of paying crash victims. We build cases that they have to take seriously so we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Since our founding almost 30 years ago, our firm has helped countless accident victims in Central Florida recover financial compensation through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts. This helps them to get the resources they need to recover as much as possible and move on with their lives.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and think you may have suffered whiplash, it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. A doctor can document your injuries, and our legal team can start investigating your accident before evidence is lost or destroyed and the memories of witnesses fade.
Learn more about how an experienced car accident attorney can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can review the details of your case, go over your options and answer your questions.