Whiplash injuries can be painful, slow to heal, and prohibit you from going about your daily life. According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash is when your neck forcefully and quickly goes back and forth, similar to whip cracking. It is an injury commonly resulting from rear-end collisions and other car accidents.
Whiplash can heal within days or months, but some victims suffer from pain and chronic neck problems for years. If you are suffering from whiplash caused by a car accident, consider hiring a Tampa whiplash accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Our legal team can assist you in seeking compensation for your injuries and other costs associated with your accident. Call our team at (800) 598-7557.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Mayo Clinic reports that whiplash causes pain and stiffness in the neck that often hurts more when you move. You may experience headaches and pain in the shoulders, arms, and back. Symptoms may also include blurred vision, irritability, and memory problems.
Whiplash symptoms may be worse in accident victims who have a prior history of neck and back pain. The severity of your injuries also is related to the severity of your accident. In addition, your whiplash is can be worse if your collision happened at a high speed.
Whiplash injuries might not be apparent for some time after your accident. In some cases, symptoms of whiplash may take weeks to present themselves. If you show any of the signs of whiplash following your accident, consider seeing a health care provider as soon as possible for a diagnosis. If you have decided to seek compensation for your injuries, an official medical record may help your case.
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Diagnosis and Treatment
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), whiplash injuries generally occur in the tendons, nerves, muscles, and discs in your neck. To diagnose whiplash, your health care provider may want to perform x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
Mild cases of whiplash can be treated with exercise, hot or cold therapy, and over-the-counter medications. Severe whiplash may require the use of prescription medications and physical therapy.
Testing, medications, and physical therapy can be expensive. If your injuries were not your fault, these costs should not fall to you and your family. A Tampa whiplash accident lawyer can help you identify medical damages and other awards you may be eligible to pursue.
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Liability and Compensation
In order to seek compensation, you must show that someone else’s negligent behavior caused your accident. That may be the other driver’s fault. Drivers are behaving negligently when they break traffic laws or engage in reckless driving that puts others at risk. This may include failing to obey the speed limit, drinking and driving, or running a stoplight.
If your accident was the result of a vehicle problem, such as defective brakes, the automaker may be responsible. Even governments can be held liable if their negligence created unsafe road conditions.
In some cases, a lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for non-economic damages, such as awards for suffering, anxiety, and a reduced quality of life. Whiplash injuries may heal slowly, and you may need to take time off work to recover. A lawyer may help you seek wages lost as a result of your injuries.
Get in touch with Ben Crump Law, PLLC to discuss options you may have for pursuing disability payments if you are no longer able to work because of your injury.
If you bear some responsibility for your accident, you are not without recourse. Florida Statute § 768.81 allows you to seek damages, which will be lessened by your amount of responsibility.
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One option you may have for receiving financial awards if through insurance. Because Florida is a no-fault insurance state, Florida Statute § 627.7407 requires drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. No matter who is at fault, PIP insurance pays for your medical costs and the medical costs of others covered by your policy.
You should file your insurance claims immediately after your accident. Do not provide details beyond the facts of your crash. Remember, it is in the financial interest of your insurance provider to pay the minimum amount for your claims. Working with a lawyer could help you obtain a larger payment.
If the costs of your injuries are more than what your insurance covers, a lawyer can attempt to negotiate a higher settlement. In cases involving severe injuries, a Tampa whiplash accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against those responsible.
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The Statute of Limitations
If your case needs to be resolved in court, you are restricted by the statute of limitations. Lawsuits for personal injury and/or wrongful death have to be brought inside of the time limit allowed by the statutes. Under Florida Statute § 95.11, the limit is four years for personal injury. For wrongful death, you have two years to file your case.
There are instances when the statutes may be extended, but in most cases, you will need to make sure you begin legal action before the time runs out.
How Ben Crump Law, PLLC Can Help
Ben Crump Law, PLLC is dedicated to helping clients in their pursuit of justice. Those responsible for your accident should also be responsible for helping to pay for your healing.
We understand that you might not know where to turn to for help. Our team can help move you in the right direction when it comes to your options for receiving financial awards. A Tampa whiplash accident lawyer can guide you through the process and work to help you resolve your case.
You should focus on your recovery, and fighting for awards does not need to cause more stress. To find out how Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help with your case, call us at (800) 598-7557 to take advantage of our risk-free consultation.
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