Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered after a car accident, especially a rear-impact crash. Whiplash occurs when the neck is jerked forward and then backwards rapidly, damaging the soft tissues including the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sometimes, the pain caused by whiplash will heal after a few weeks, but in other times it can persist for months or become chronic.
If you or a loved one suffered from a whiplash injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to obtain monetary compensation from whomever was responsible for causing your motor vehicle collision. Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney David I. Fuchs can help you to make a claim against the person who caused your whiplash so you can be compensated for your medical costs, lost wages and other damages.
When you suffer whiplash in an auto accident, you may not show symptoms for between 24 and 48 hours after the accident has occurred. When the symptoms develop, you may experience:
All of these symptoms can impede your ability to work and to enjoy your life. In an ideal situation, the symptoms will go away on their own or will be manageable with treatment including lidocaine; xylocaine; muscle relaxers; ultrasound therapy; chiropractic care; immobilizing cervical/foam collars and/or physical therapy.
In around 10 percent of cases, however, those suffering from whiplash will experience ongoing chronic symptoms and pain as a result of their injuries. If you have been experiencing whiplash symptoms and the health problems you are having have persisted for six or more months, then you likely have a chronic whiplash case that may take years to go away or from which you may never fully recover.
If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury in an auto accident, a Ft. Lauderdale injury lawyer can help you to obtain monetary compensation from the responsible party. Because Florida’s no fault rules, you will need to show that you were seriously injured as a result of the auto accident. New restrictions on no-fault benefits means you have strict time limits to qualify for initial benefits through your own insurance company. And to obtain additional compensation you’ll need to demonstrate that the other driver was negligent in causing the crash that resulted in your injuries.
Our Ft. Lauderdale injury lawyers have extensive experience with whiplash claims and we know that insurance companies sometimes treat these cases with suspicion as a result of the absence of conclusive medical testing to prove the extent of your injury. We will work with you to help make a strong case so you can get the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about how we can help, contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs today at (800) 570-2858.