Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries associated with people involved in a car collision. A whiplash injury often occurs when a vehicle is forced to make an emergency stop. When this happens, the body will likely become restrained suddenly by a seatbelt. As a result, this causes the head to jolt back in a quick and sudden movement, causing a whiplash injury. All passengers involved in a traffic collision may be subject to a whiplash injury, not just the driver of the vehicle.
If you have been in a traffic collision that has resulted in personal injury, then it is recommended to seek medical advice within 14 days from the date of the collision. Additionally, if you have suffered from a whiplash injury due to the fault of a negligent party, then it is advised to seek the expertise of an accident attorney as soon as possible following the incident. A personal injury lawyer will assess your case and will strive to ensure you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
At The Law Place, we have a team of competent personal injury lawyers who have an abundance of experience in handling a variety of cases. Our attorneys will work to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Our phone lines are open at any time of day, so don’t hesitate to call us at a time that is best for you. Call us today at (941) 444-4444 to arrange a free consultation.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Whiplash?
Any auto accident that results in an abrupt jolt or shake of a person’s head or neck can result in whiplash. The term ‘whiplash’ comes from the motion of the head and neck moving back and forth incredibly quickly, similar to the motion of cracking a whip.
Whiplash injuries most commonly occur as a result of a rear-end collision. Some of the most common causes of whiplash are:
- Motor vehicle accidents – This includes all car, truck, bus, or motorcycle accidents.
- Bicycle accidents – Cyclists are at a high risk of being rear-ended and knocked off their bicycles.
- Construction accidents – On construction sites, it is highly likely that loose debris may fall and hit a worker’s head or neck and cause whiplash. This is why it is so important for workers to wear helmets at all times whilst on a construction site.
- Slip and fall accidents – When an individual slips and falls over, there is a risk that, depending on the type of fall, the head or neck could be strained and therefore cause whiplash.
No matter the cause of the accident, if you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, but resulted in a whiplash injury, then it is likely that you may be entitled to compensation. Here At The Law Place, our accident attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you receive any compensation that you may be deserving of. Contact our offices today to arrange a free consultation.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms Associated With Whiplash?
Many people wrongly make the assumption that a whiplash injury is a fairly minor injury. However, the symptoms associated with a whiplash injury can be severe, and therefore it is vitally important to seek medical advice following a whiplash injury, no matter how minor your injury may seem. In some cases, a whiplash injury can take up to 24 hours to fully develop. Some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash are:
- Reduced concentration.
- A stiff or painful neck, head, or back.
- Tenderness around you neck, head, or back.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Limited motion in the neck, head, or back.
- Muscle spasms.
- Pain that intensifies with movement.
As with many injuries, it is possible that you may incur a large financial burden following a traffic collision, which may include hefty medical bills and expenses. At The Law Place, our team of personal injury lawyers will work to ensure you receive compensation for any damages you have incurred. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out more.
What Damages Are You Entitled to Following a Whiplash Accident?
Following any traffic collision, there are a number of damages that you may be entitled to claim. Your personal injury lawyer will work to assess your case and identify any possible damages that you may be entitled to claim. Possible damages that you may be able to claim include:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past, present, and future – This includes any costs incurred for medical appointments, treatments, or rehabilitation, as well as the costs incurred from traveling to and from those appointments.
- Property damage – If your vehicle or any personal property was damaged as a result of the traffic collision, then you may be entitled to claim damages for the cost of repairs or replacements.
- Loss of income or earning capacity – If you have sustained a whiplash injury that has prevented you from returning to work, then you may be able to claim compensation for any loss of income or potential loss of income.
- Pain and suffering – If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from any emotional distress or trauma, which had meant that you are unable to do things you once enjoyed doing before the accident took place, then you may be able to claim compensation for this. However, this damage is often hard to prove, and therefore, it is strongly recommended to consult with a personal injury lawyer if you wish to claim this.
- Wrongful death – If you are unfortunate enough to lose a loved one as a result of a car accident, then it is possible that you may be able to claim damages that cover the cost of funeral expenses as well as loss of consortium.
At The Law Place, we understand that no amount of compensation can make up for the distress and trauma caused following a road accident. However, we hope that in receiving compensation for any damages you have incurred, justice is served. To find out more about how an accident attorney can help you, don’t hesitate to contact our offices today.
Who May Be Liable for a Whiplash Injury?
In order to claim for any damages that you may be entitled to, the liable party responsible for the accident must first be identified. The process of establishing liability can be complex, and therefore, it is strongly advised to seek the expertise of a personal injury lawyer. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, it is likely that the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident will be found liable for causing the traffic collision. In some cases, this may be more difficult to prove, but your lawyer will work tirelessly to gather evidence and prove that the other party is at fault.
No matter the complexity of your whiplash case, here at The Law Place, our attorneys will work to ensure that the liable party is established, justice is served, and that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Contact The Law Place Today!
If you have been involved in a whiplash accident that wasn’t your fault, then it is advisable to speak to a reputable law firm as soon as possible following the incident. At The Law Place, we have a team of adept accident lawyers with 75 years of collective experience. Our accident lawyers will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive any compensation that you are entitled to.
At The Law Place, we offer our customers a free initial consultation where we will analyze your case and establish the best steps to take to ensure you receive a positive outcome. Many of our attorneys are also AVVO-rated 10.0, so you can rest assured that your case will be in safe hands.
Our phone lines are open 24/7, so don’t hesitate to call us at a time most convenient for you. A personal injury lawyer will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Call The Law Place today at (941) 444-4444 to get started with your case.