Whiplash, while not life-threatening, can be extremely painful. It is one of the most common nonfatal injuries resulting from car accidents, but it is difficult to prove in a personal injury claim. The most frequent signs of whiplash, pain and stiffness, are subjective – they cannot be proven visually because they will not show up on an X-ray or an MRI. But this does not lessen the pain or debilitation you may experience, and it does not mean that you do not deserve recovery for your whiplash injuries and expenses resulting from your injuries. An experienced Fort Lauderdale whiplash attorney has the skills and experience to prove before the court that your whiplash injuries did occur, and can show the extent of the damages that have followed physically, financially, and emotionally.
Whiplash Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale
Whiplash can, depending on its severity, affect your life not only for days, but possibly for weeks and months following your accident. Don’t settle for pain due to someone else’s fault with no compensation. If you have been in an auto accident and have suffered whiplash because of the crash in Broward County, Palm Beach County, or Miami-Dade County, contact a GMV Law Group car accident attorney. We are ready to fight for you to receive maximum compensation, and we are not afraid to face a big insurance company at court. Call us today to schedule your free consultation: 954-530-6206.
Causes of Whiplash in Florida Auto Accidents
Cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome is the medical name for whiplash, which most often takes place in a car accident. Rear-end collisions are the most common cause of accidents causing whiplash, and the impact does not have to occur from high speed in order to cause injury. Numerous whiplash diagnoses have been determined for victims involved in collisions where the car or cars were moving no more than 15 miles per hour. It is the initial jolt plus the following force to the vertebrae of the neck and the soft tissues that causes whiplash. The less time a person has to react to the jolt, the more sever the injuries can be.
Whiplash generally occurs in three stages: at first, at the initial jolt, the neck hyper-extends (also known as hyperflection) in one direction. The second stage is a sudden reversal of motion, which causes an impact to the head and neck against a hard surface (usually a head rest). If third and final stage of injury is an internal one, when the brain impacts against the skull. If the impact is severe enough, it is even possible for the brain to impact the skull two times, first in the initial motion forward and the second time in the returning motion backward.
While any car accident that forces the neck and head to be jerked immediately in a forward, backward, or side-to-side motion can cause whiplash, rear-end collisions are the most common causes of whiplash injuries. The significance of the force and the suddenness of the impact will affect the severity and amount of injuries to numerous parts of the body: muscles, nerve roots, bones, discs, joints, vertebrae, and ligaments.
The GMV Law Group is committed to helping clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by a rear-end collision or any other kind of car accident in the Fort Lauderdale area. If you have been in a car accident in the Fort Lauderdale area and have experienced pain in your neck and head following the accident, whether immediately or 24-48 hours afterwards, you may be suffering from whiplash. Contact a Broward County car accident injury attorney today. We are dedicated to help you seek the recovery you need and deserve.
Symptoms of Whiplash Following a Broward County Car Accident
Whiplash is actually a category of injuries to the shoulder and neck injuries rather than an injury itself. This means that the symptoms of whiplash are numerous and various. Certain symptoms of whiplash can also be symptoms of much more serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, fractured vertebrae, spinal stenosis, and tissue damage. Such severe injuries will often have even more intensified symptoms, such as loss of feeling, severe and stabbing pain, and severe sensory disturbances. However, if the injury is actually whiplash, there is usually no damage under than stiffness, pain, and discomfort. Symptoms of whiplash and the disorders related to it include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Memory issues
- Concentration difficulties
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs (sensory disturbance)
- Dull or stabbing neck, shoulder, or back aches and pains
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
If you have experienced any of these above symptoms following an auto accident, you should seek medical care in order to receive a diagnosis or to have severe injuries ruled out. If whiplash is your diagnosis, while you can be relieved to not have more serious and lasting injuries, your pain and suffering still affect the quality of your life. A GMV Law Group Broward County car accident attorney is ready to help you seek the recovery for your pain and suffering, along with the expenses of your medical bills and time off of work. We take your pain seriously, and we work hard to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Florida Recoverable Damages for Whiplash
While whiplash is a common injury and considered minor in comparison to other more severe injuries resulting from car accidents, whiplash still brings stiffness, pain, and lack of movement. These difficulties can continue for weeks, and sometimes even years, significantly affecting the quality of life for car accident victims. And sometimes whiplash is suffered alongside more severe injuries, requiring medical treatment, therapy, and lost wages from missing work. If your movement has been compromised, it only follows that your work will be compromised to some degree, and you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and hardships resulting from an accident. Compensation may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced capacity for wages
- Lost wages
- Emergency medical expenses
- Medical treatment for injuries sustained
- Reduced capacity to work
Filing a personal injury claim is a complex process. What damages that you cover is determined by your insurance coverage and the coverage of the other drivers involved. Beyond this, insurance law in Florida is changing constantly, and especially so in the context of Personal Injury Protection. For these reasons, it is strongly advised that you seek an experienced Broward County car accident attorney to help you navigate the process of filing a claim and who is eager to work hard for your recovery.
GMV Law Group | Broward County Whiplash Syndrome Law Firm
GMV Law Group serves clients suffering from rear-end collisions, whiplash, or other accident caused by careless drivers in Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas. We are experienced and skilled attorneys capable of fighting for the maximum compensation for your injuries and expense. We offer a free initial consultation, and we are ready to begin pursuing the possibility of representing you in your claim. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 954-530-6206.
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