Whiplash may seem like a minor injury at first, but it can lead to long-term complications that call for expensive treatment and time off work. If you or a loved one suffered from whiplash in a car accident, you could pursue financial recovery for these costs.
However, working out a legal case on your own can be overwhelming, especially when you’re in treatment. So, allow a Gainesville whiplash injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to handle your legal case in its entirety on your behalf. You worry about getting better while they take care of everything else.
Potentially Recoverable Damages for Whiplash Injury
Among the most common questions our lawyers get for any injury case is, “How much can I get for my case?” This question is impossible to answer firsthand, but those who suffer from whiplash may be entitled to an array of damages, such as:
Past and Anticipated Medical Expenses
According toMayo Clinic, those who suffer a whiplash injury may face intensive treatment. Depending on the severity of the accident and pain you’re experiencing, you may be subject to treatment that involves:
- An initial examination and follow-up appointments
- Imaging scans
- Medical devices, like foam collars
- Physical therapy
These costs can add up in no time, and the more serious your injuries, the more expensive and longer your treatment may be. Your medical bills can be accounted for in your claim or lawsuit, though. This includes those that you expect to incur in the future.
Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
Between going to treatment and the pain of your whiplash injury, going to work may not be an option at the moment. As such, symptoms, including a stiff neck, dizziness, difficulty with memory and concentration, and headaches, can keep you from doing your job.
So, you may be able to request damages for:
- Tips or commissions
- Vacation time
- Hourly pay or salary
- Business opportunities
- Other employee benefits
If the effects of the whiplash are long-lasting, you could claim damages for the pay you will not earn for the foreseeable future.
Property Damage to Your Car
When you were in your car accident, your car might have needed repair or replacement if it was totaled. You can recoup these property damage costs in your claim or lawsuit.
Our team can even refer you to a car service and help you set up an appointment to get your car fixed.
Pain and Suffering, Among Other Non-Economic Damages
Our physical health can impact our mental health. When you’re in pain from whiplash, you may experience depression, irritability, and trouble sleeping. In addition to these negative symptoms, other adjustments you’ve had to make to accommodate your condition can change your quality of life.
In that case, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and mental anguish.
What to Expect When You Team Up with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
Our personal injury attorneys will provide you with the responsive legal care you deserve after a whiplash injury. They’ll give you their phone number, frequently update you on the status of your case, and answer all your questions quickly.
On top of these few things, they will manage all the legalities of your whiplash case, including:
- Putting together a case file with evidence like the police report, photographs of the scene of the accident, video surveillance, medical records that show the link between the accident and whiplash, or any witness accounts
- Naming the party who is liable for your damages
- Speaking to the insurance company and other involved parties on your behalf
- Assessing the value of your damages and pursuing that amount from the insurance company as your settlement
- Representing you during settlement negotiations and in court, if necessary
Your lawyer will go the extra mile for you after you sustain a whiplash injury in Gainesville.
Following Florida’s Filing Deadline After Your Whiplash Injury in Gainesville
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit after your whiplash injury, you must abide by the timeline codified in Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). Generally speaking, the state gives you four years to take legal action. Failing to comply might result in the state barring you from recovering any damages.
If you let our team know about your case soon enough, we can help make sure you meet the state-imposed deadline.
Our Whiplash Lawyers Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our attorneys will take your case based on contingency, meaning our fee depends on the outcome of your case. There is no requirement to pay us out of pocket, by the hour, or up front. If your attorney cannot achieve a financial award for you, there is no need to pay us.
One of the goals of this payment agreement is to limit your financial risk. That way, you will be able to focus on your recovery with more peace of mind.
Parties Who May be Liable in Your Whiplash Injury Case
Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents, namely rear-end collisions. With the University of Florida filled with young and inexperienced drivers and Gainesville having dangerous intersections like Northwest 34th Street and Northwest 39th Avenue, car accidents are almost expected.
Still, those who caused the accident that led to your whiplash injury should be held responsible. Drivers are usually the ones at fault for the accident. They could have been distracted, drunk, speeding, or fatigued. Although, there are times in which others could have contributed to the accident. Such parties could be:
- Other road users, like pedestrians, motorcycle riders, or bicyclists, if they failed to follow the road rules
- A car parts manufacturer, if the other driver’s car had a defective part and they lost control of their car
- A mechanic, if they failed to correctly install a part and the car malfunctioned as a result
It may be difficult to prove who is responsible for the accident. Even so, we can show that the other party was negligent in that they:
- Were to exercise a legal duty of care towards you
- Failed to do so
- Caused the accident and your whiplash injuries
Turn to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for Help with Your Case
Working with a lawyer on our Gainesville team after you suffered a whiplash injury can take all the guesswork out of the legal process for you. Instead, put your energy towards healing. To start your free consultation, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.