Did you experience neck pain and stiffness following a rear-end collision or other accident? You may have suffered a whiplash injury. See a doctor to check on the severity of your condition, then call a whiplash injury lawyer in Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Determining if You Suffered a Whiplash Injury in an Accident
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the back and forth movement of your head, such as when a vehicle strikes your vehicle from the rear. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Your neck hurts and is stiff.
- The pain is worse when you move your neck from side to side.
- You cannot turn your head as far to the left or right as usual.
- You experience headaches, usually starting in the back of your head at the base of your skull.
- You may experience a tingling sensation or numbness in your arms.
- You may feel tired or dizzy.
- You may experience blurred vision or ringing in your ears.
- You may suffer from concentration or memory problems.
You may not feel any symptoms immediately after the accident, but it is still important to see a medical professional afterward. A doctor can perform tests and diagnose the extent of your injury, which could range from neck strain to damage to a disc, ligaments, muscles, tissue, or nerves in your neck. Medical records from this visit can help us pursue the damages you deserve for injuries resulting from your injury.
Insurance Coverage for Your Whiplash Injury in an Accident
Florida is a no-fault state for insurance purposes. Drivers must carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which covers the first $10,000 of your medical expenses and your lost wages in a vehicle accident regardless of who is at fault.
If your whiplash injury is a neck strain or sprain, your PIP coverage may take care of all the costs of your medical expenses and lost wages. If your whiplash injury is severe, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover additional compensation.
Proving Liability in a Suit to Recover Damages for Your Whiplash Injury
Our team can help prove the liability of the at-fault driver by demonstrating their negligence. Some examples of a driver violating their duty of care toward you include:
- Not leaving enough space between their vehicle and yours.
- Exceeding the posted speed limit.
- Driving while distracted by a phone call, text message, or other passengers.
- Driving while impaired by the consumption of alcohol, use of drugs, misuse of prescription medication, or lack of sleep or rest.
A party other than the driver can be liable for your accident, as well. If the other driver could not stop because of defective brakes, for example, the manufacturer or seller of the brakes may be liable. A repair shop can also be liable if its mechanic did not install or repair the brakes properly.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in a rear-end collision or other accident, call a whiplash lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Florida law gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The sooner you call, the quicker our attorneys can start working on your case – so you can focus on getting better.
Recovering Compensation for Your Whiplash Injury in an Accident
A whiplash injury can lead to significant financial consequences. It can cause you to incur medical expenses, miss work, and experience pain. We can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve.
A whiplash injury can cause damage to your spinal ligaments, tendons, or muscles. You could suffer a musculoskeletal injury, a neurological impairment, or a fractured or dislocated disc in your spinal cord.
You can recover medical expenses resulting from your injury, which may include the following:
- Your ambulance expenses
- X-rays and other tests
- Your doctor and hospital bills
- Medication or injections to relieve your pain
- Physical therapy
- Out-of-pocket expenses
You can receive compensation for the work you miss because of your whiplash injury. You also recover compensation for the work you miss because of related appointments with your medical doctor, your chiropractor, or your physical therapist afterward.
Lost Earning Capacity
If you are unable to meet the demands of your job following your whiplash injury, you may be entitled to the difference between what you earned before the accident and what you are able to earn after your whiplash injury.
Pain and Suffering
Our attorneys know what pain and suffering is worth in a car accident. Keep a diary of how often you hurt, the severity of the pain, and how long your pain lasts.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in a rear-end collision or other accident, we may be able to help. Call a whiplash lawyer in Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 today for a free consultation.
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