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Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that can result from car crashes. Even if you experience no other pain, it can still take weeks and months to recover from whiplash injuries. Meanwhile, you may be in a lot of pain and finding it difficult to manage your life. The bills are piling up, you may have to take time off work, and the insurance company is pressuring you to accept a quick settlement. You need to focus on your recovery, but you also need to protect your future.
With over 30 years of experience, whiplash attorney David Fuchs can help. He works with clients through each step of the process to ensure they get the compensation they need to make a full recovery. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call a Fort Lauderdale back injury lawyer from David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636, or reach out via the online form.
Whiplash is a relatively common soft tissue injury to the neck, caused by sudden, forceful back and forth movement of the head. Although whiplash injuries are not typically life-threatening, they can result in strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck, and damage to the spinal discs and nerves surrounding the area.
Whiplash injuries are most often caused by rear-end car accidents, where the force of the vehicle from behind forces the head to snap back and forth. That said, whiplash injuries can be caused in other kinds of accidents. A skilled whiplash lawyer can evaluate your claim no matter what type of accident caused your injury.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
Whiplash symptoms range from mild to severe, and can get worse over time. It’s also important to note that you may not experience any symptoms until several days after your accident. Regardless, you should seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience symptoms. Early detection and proper diagnosis are essential to getting the right treatment and making a full recovery.
Whiplash can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort. Neck and back pain, severe headaches, stiffness, and dizziness can make everyday tasks extremely difficult. You may find yourself unable to work, take care of your family, and participate in activities that you enjoy.
It’s also not uncommon for people who have suffered whiplash also to experience emotional or psychological effects. You may feel depressed or anxious, and even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following an accident that caused you to experience whiplash. The pain and suffering caused by this type of injury can also result in loss of sleep, adding to the cost to your mental health.
With treatment, most people can expect to make a full recovery from whiplash. In severe cases, however, you may experience symptoms for months or even years. People who have previously suffered whiplash and the elderly are at risk for suffering from more severe cases of the harm. Some people experience persistent, chronic whiplash systems for the remainder of their lives.
Once you’ve seen your doctor, the most important thing you can do is to follow your doctor’s instructions. This may mean staying home from work for a couple of days and getting plenty of rest. While this won’t be easy, it’s a necessary part of your recovery.
The next thing you should do is inform your insurance company that you have been injured in an accident. Explain that you are receiving medical care. They may try to settle your claim right away, but you should not accept their initial offer. Accepting the offer will include a waiver of any future claims, and you don’t yet know what the total cost of your injury will be. You should also inform the insurance company if you have hired an attorney to represent you.
You also want to carefully track any expenses caused by the injury. Keep a copy of all medical bills, but also write down any lost wages or other income, as well as any other money you spent on treatment and recovery.
In addition to tracking your expenses, you want to compile all of the documents related to the accident. This includes doctors notes and other medical reports, as well as police reports and any witness statements.
Finally, you should contact an experienced whiplash attorney. They can help you understand your options, work with you to collect the bills and other documents you need, and pursue a fair settlement of your whiplash claim.
A lawyer who has experience in handling whiplash cases understands that the cost of your injury doesn’t end after your first trip to the doctor. You may need additional treatment and physical therapy. You may not be able to work due to your injury or take care of your family. An experienced whiplash attorney knows how to consider all of these factors in order to calculate the value of your claim.
A knowledgeable whiplash injury lawyer also knows how to navigate the claims process and build your case. They will know when it is in your best interest to settle, and when you should go to court. In the end, they have the knowledge and experience to make sure that you receive fair compensation and a total resolution of your claims.
Attorney David Fuchs has helped personal injury clients in the Fort Lauderdale area for years, and has successfully resolved over 1,000 cases. If you’ve been in a car accident and incurred whiplash as a result, you need an attorney with the knowledge and experience to fight for an optimal case outcome. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, contact us today at (954) 568-3636.
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