Whiplash Injury Causes & Symptoms
Whiplash can occur when the neck moves backward and forward rapidly and with significant force. The cause of whiplash injuries is often a traumatic event or impact, like a car crash or a slip and fall. The symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain, headaches, feeling dizzy, and a lack of energy.
Many types of accidents can cause whiplash. If someone else’s negligence caused an accident that left you with whiplash, a lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
What are the causes of whiplash?
Whiplash can occur in various accidents, including:
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle or pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
Whiplash is commonly associated with rear-end car accidents, but it can occur in any type of car crash. Even low-speed car accidents can cause whiplash.
What are the symptoms of a Whiplash Injury?
According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash can have a wide range of symptoms. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Neck pain that increases with neck movement
- Difficulty moving the neck
- Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
- Feeling tired or dizzy
Other whiplash symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Tinnitus (experiencing a ringing sound in the ears)
- Mood changes
- Having trouble remembering or concentrating on things
- Feeling depressed
See a doctor as soon as possible after an accident if you think you are experiencing any whiplash symptoms. Whiplash injuries may require medical attention to heal.
How is a whiplash injury treated?
Treatments for whiplash will depend on the severity of the injuries and what part of the neck may be injured. A “whiplash injury” can mean injury to the cervical spine, spinal disk, and various muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the neck.
Whiplash treatment may include:
- X-rays, CT scans, or MRI imaging
- Pain medication
- Whiplash exercises and stretches that increase the range of motion in the neck
- Physical therapy
While some patients can make a full recovery from their injury, others may live with long-term or even chronic whiplash symptoms. Complying with all of the whiplash treatments that your doctor recommends can support your injury case.
Compensation available for whiplash injuries
The costs of treating whiplash injuries can be extensive. In severe cases, the injury can have long-term consequences. If someone else caused your whiplash accident, they might owe you compensation for multiple types of damages in a personal injury case.
These damages may include:
- All current and future costs of medical treatment
- Lost wages for the time after your accident that you were unable to work
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
A lawyer from our firm can help you identify all of the ways the whiplash injury has impacted your life and catalog your damages accordingly.
The benefits of working with a lawyer from our firm
When you work with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer from our firm, we can take over your case and fight for compensation on your behalf while you dedicate your time to recovering from your injuries.
Our services include:
- Answering your questions and helping you understand your legal options and situation at all stages of your case
- Communicating with all parties involved in your case for you
- Identify the liable party in your case
- Collecting evidence of their liability
- Collecting evidence of your damages and their value
- Submitting your insurance claim or lawsuit
- Negotiating for an insurance settlement
- Taking your case to trial if necessary
We are a contingency-fee firm
Our firm handles whiplash injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Instead of paying us upfront or hourly fee, our clients pay us a percentage of their settlement or court award. If we are unable to help them recover compensation, they don’t pay us attorney’s fees.
The deadline to act for a personal injury case
In Florida, the general deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit is four years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. Some circumstances may alter this general deadline and require you to take legal action sooner.
Our firm can help you figure out what specific deadlines pertain to your case.
Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can help you
Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato is a client-focused firm in South Florida that handles a variety of personal injury cases. We may be able to manage all aspects of your whiplash injury case while you focus on your recovery.
At Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, our caring and attentive staff work hard to give attorneys a good name. One of our recent clients, Dawn Thomas, had this to say about their experience working with us on their personal injury case:
“I would highly recommend Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. The whole team was highly professional and helpful. They kept me informed every step of the way. They actually make you realize you are not just a number but a member of their family that they care what happens with your case.”
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