About Whiplash Injuries
Car Accident Attorney in Plantation, FL
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents. The force of the collision in an accident of this kind may cause a driver or passenger's head to move suddenly in a forward and backward or side-to-side motion, causing damage to the soft tissue of the neck. Whiplash may affect a victim in varying degrees, ranging from minor to debilitating pain that impacts their ability to work and take part in the activities they once enjoyed.
Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment of Whiplash
One of the most complicated aspects of injury claims involving whiplash is that symptoms do not show up right away. Unlike a catastrophic injury such as
spinal injury or broken bones, it may take up to 24 hours or more for the symptoms of a whiplash injury to make themselves known to a victim. This can lead a victim to deny medical attention to complicate the claim process by making statements that they "feel fine." For this reason, it is vastly important that following a car accident that victims do not make claims without the presence of an experienced attorney and always seek medical treatment, regardless of how they initially feel.
Symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Stiffness / pain in the neck;
- Minor to severe headaches;
- Pain in the shoulder region;
- Lower back pain;
- Pain / numbness in the arm;
- Dizziness and blurry vision; and
- Problems with concentration and memory
If you experience any of the above symptoms following a car crash, it is vastly important that you get help immediately. In many cases, a doctor will run a series of tests to help diagnose the whiplash, including everything from CT scans and MRIs. Once they have determined that you are indeed suffering from whiplash, they will often place you on a pain management regiment, which will include the regular taking of medications, such as Motrin and Aleve.
In some cases, they may also recommend that you receive physical therapy to help deal with pain and rehabilitation. If severe, you might be immobilized with a cervical collar to assist in the healing process. Other forms of treatment include application of heat and cold, as well as gentle massages and even ultrasound. For this reason, if you have been injured, it is important you do not hesitate to get a knowledgeable lawyer on your side to help you pursue a claim.
Claims and Lawsuits for Whiplash
Did you or someone you love suffer from whiplash in a car accident? You may wish to consider your legal options. Filing a personal injury claim for whiplash can be difficult as this type of injury may be hard to diagnose and treatment is limited. Making sure that your case is properly represented and that the value of your claim is proven is crucial. Our firm represents whiplash injury victims throughout Plantation. We have the resources to fully investigate your case and will often work with expert witnesses and professionals to properly establish the value and validity of our clients' claims.
A Plantation personal injury lawyer can meet with you to talk about what occurred and how we can help you seek justice. Depending on the case, you may have the right to seek a significant amount of financial damages. All you have to do to get started is contact our offices and schedule a free, confidential consultation. An experienced professional can talk to you about what occurred and can review the matter to determine how to best represent your interests.