If you were in an auto accident that another driver caused, and you are suffering from whiplash as a result, you have legal options. One of our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers can identify the liable party, collect evidence, file your claim, and more. You don’t need to do all the work alone when we offer legal care at no upfront cost to you. We work on a contingency-fee-basis. You pay nothing unless we win, and our fees come from your settlement or court award.
Whiplash can cause long-term problems, and you deserve compensation if you are suffering from this painful neck injury which someone else is responsible for. We can help during this stressful and difficult time. It would be best if you focused on your health. We take care of everything else.
When you are hurt because of negligent or wanton behavior, you can pursue damages for your injuries, because motorists must operate their vehicles responsibly and follow traffic laws. Many drivers and passengers experience whiplash in an auto accident. Whiplash can lead to chronic problems, such as pain.
Your accident may involve multiple liable parties, especially if it involves a commercial vehicle. Following an accident, it is important to consult a Jacksonville whiplash accident lawyer on our team, who can:
- Evaluate the strength of your case
- Negotiate a settlement with the liable parties
- Investigate the cause of your accident
- Collect evidence
- Argue your case at trial if we are unable to secure a settlement
- Calculate your damages
- Interview witnesses
This is not an exhaustive list of actions a lawyer from our firm will take on your behalf. We will endlessly advocate for you and work towards the best possible outcome.
What You Should Know About Whiplash
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) states that whiplash is a soft tissue injury from sudden neck movement, such as when you experience a rear-end collision and your head snaps forward. While many cases of whiplash are minor, it can aggravate pre-existing spinal cord and neck conditions.
Symptoms of whiplash can develop immediately following your accident and can include:
- Lack of mobility in your neck
When you are involved in an accident, it is important to receive medical treatment immediately. Documenting your injuries is required to collect benefits and prove that the accident caused harm. Medical records are important evidence in personal injury claims and help demonstrate your economic and non-economic losses.
If you delay seeing a doctor, an insurance company may argue that your injuries came from a different accident, and they may deny your claim altogether. If you receive medical attention immediately after your accident, you can prove a link between your whiplash and the car accident.
What Filing a Personal Injury Claim Requires
If you incur significant medical bills or miss extensive time from work, it can be difficult to meet your monthly expenses. Severe injuries can lead to disability, which allows our Jacksonville whiplash accident lawyer to pursue damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Hospitalization and rehabilitation costs
- Vehicle replacement and repair costs
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
A lawyer with our firm can use bills and receipts to prove your economic losses. Non-economic damages consider factors such as:
- Your age
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you need long-term treatment for your injuries
- Having a diminished quality of life
Florida does not limit damages in personal injury claims, making it important to work with a lawyer. If you are partially responsible for the accident, your judgment will be reduced by the percentage you are found at fault for the collision under Florida Statutes §768.81. That makes it important to keep records (such as the accident report), which can prove the other driver was solely at fault for the accident.
Reasons Car Accidents Happen
Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries that can cause you to incur medical debt, lose the ability to work, and face expensive vehicle repairs. Accidents can be caused by driver mistakes, such as:
- Cell phone use
- Improper merging and yielding
- Aggressive driving
We will conduct an investigation into your accident and find out what happened. We will tirelessly defend your rights and pursue the compensation you are entitled to collect.
Your Limited Window of Time to Take Action
If you plan to file a Jacksonville personal injury lawsuit, you generally have four years to do so in Florida. This is stated in Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a). Someone may feel like there is no rush to file a lawsuit, but there is plenty of work to do, and a lawyer from our firm will need as much time as possible to build a solid case. With evidence to gather and witnesses to interview, it is ideal to get started on your case right away.
Experiencing a car accident is unexpected, and injuries can reduce your quality of life. A Jacksonville whiplash accident lawyer from our firm can pursue compensation following an accident. You will receive frequent case updates and have all your questions answered. We can schedule any appointments for you and also help you get your car fixed.
Reach Out to Our Law Firm Today
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for your free, no-risk, no-obligation consultation with a Jacksonville car accident lawyer. When you speak with one of our compassionate team members, they will inform you of your options and what the best course of action is. We go the extra mile for our clients.
We Can Help.