Before suffering whiplash in a Miami accident, you probably were familiar with the injury, but you might not have known how severe it can be and how difficult and expensive it is to treat. Whiplash can cause permanent and even lifelong debilitation, severe pain, loss of mobility, and several other negative effects. Injury victims may face substantial time away from work as they heal, not to mention the expensive medical care and pain management the injury requires.
If you suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve compensation for these and other losses. A whiplash injury lawyer in Miami, FL, can help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover your damages.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our attorneys understand the severity of a whiplash injury and how it can cause pain and disability that affect you for years. When a whiplash injury occurs due to the fault of another, that party, not you, should be liable for the damages associated with your condition. We can fight for your rights and help you pursue fair compensation.
We offer free case evaluations to whiplash victims in Miami and across South Florida. You can meet with a member of our team, go over the details of your injury, ask any questions you have, and receive straightforward advice on your options. To schedule an appointment to meet with a team member at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, call 1-800-747-3733 today.
How Does Whiplash Happen?
Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end collision accidents. It is a common result of the sudden impact drivers and passengers in the front car feel.
However, whiplash can occur anytime your head gets whipped back and then suddenly changes directions and is thrown forward. This can happen in any car accident with a significant force of the impact. A rapid change of direction can tear ligaments, pull muscles, and cause nerve damage in your neck.
Aside from car accidents, whiplash injuries are often seen in contact sports—like football or rugby—extreme sports—such as bungee jumping—and on roller coasters and other theme park attractions that whip the rider’s head around.
How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash?
If you suspect you might be suffering whiplash from a car accident, sports injury, or any other activity, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.
Some of the symptoms that could point to a whiplash injury include:
- Neck pain;
- Limited mobility or a “crick” in your neck;
- Numbness or tingling; and
- Pain and discomfort in the mid to upper back.
In a typical case of whiplash, these symptoms can persist for several weeks before gradually beginning to subside. In severe cases, though, some of them can last for months or even for life.
What Should I Do If I Think I Have Whiplash?
Even minor cases of whiplash can be very expensive to treat. It is critical to see a doctor as soon as possible if you have even the slightest suspicion that you might have suffered a neck injury. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash do not always present themselves right away; sometimes, they take days or weeks to appear. If you think you might have whiplash but have not yet seen a doctor, that should be the first item on your agenda.
It is important to seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident. This will help speed up your recovery, but it will also establish a clear link between the accident and your whiplash injuries. We recommend you save your medical bills and receipts as well, since these documents can be valuable proof of your damages.
How to Win Compensation After a Whiplash Injury in Miami
An attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file for compensation for your whiplash injuries. First, we have to identify the responsible party or parties. The person or company that is most likely responsible for your injury depends on how it occurred. Potentially liable parties could include:
- Another driver;
- The owner or manager of a sporting association;
- An amusement park owner or manager;
- Your employer, in the case of a work injury;
- A job site owner;
- A heavy equipment manufacturer; or
- A property owner or manager.
After we identify the responsible party or parties, we get to work gathering evidence against them so we can build a case and seek compensation. The evidence we might seek includes:
- Police reports;
- Witness statements;
- Photo and video evidence;
- Maintenance logs;
- Property records;
- Expert witness testimony; and
- Accident reconstruction.
Based on the circumstances, our attorneys might seek any or all of the above evidence plus additional supporting documentation. Every case is different, which is why we take the time to get to know you and the unique facts of your injury. We want to build a case that is thorough and compelling.
Damages Possible in a Whiplash Injury Claim
As a victim of a whiplash injury, you could be eligible for substantial compensation. Settlements we have won in the past for clients with whiplash have included the following:
- Compensation to cover current and future medical bills;
- Reimbursement for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle;
- Money to compensate you for lost work and reduced earning capacity;
- Additional compensation for your physical pain and suffering and emotional anguish; and
- In some cases, punitive damages.
Our attorneys will calculate a fair value for your damages after we investigate your case. We will collect medical bills, repair receipts, wages statements, and any other documentation that proves your current and future losses.
Call 1-800-747-3733 to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Whiplash Injury Lawyer in Miami.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to protect your rights and get you fair compensation for your whiplash injury. To set up a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team, call 1-800-747-3733 today.