Miami Whiplash Accident Lawyer
Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents. While many consider whiplash injuries a simple or light injury, there is actually a possibility that whiplash can cause permanent effects. This may entitle you to sue the other driver in court for your injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered whiplash injuries in a car accident, consider taking your case to a Miami whiplash accident lawyer today. Miami car accident lawyer Prosper Shaked handles car accident cases on behalf of victims, and fights to get them the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation on your case, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 694-2676.
What is a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash is not one particular injury, even though people discuss it that way. Instead, whiplash is often a combination of various injuries to your neck. This may include sprained ligaments, strained muscles or tendons, and damage to other soft tissue in your neck.
The outward cause of whiplash is the sudden back and forth “whipping” motion of your head. This is common in car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. The head rest/head restraint on your car does a good job of preventing your head from snapping backwards too far, but if you are sitting forward in your seat or the headrest is not properly adjusted, it will not help much.
The more specific mechanism of injury has not been clearly identified by doctors and scientists. It is believed that the sudden stretching of muscles and ligaments could be the cause, but it appears that more damage actually occurs when the muscles and tendons snap back into position at the end of the whipping motion. Regardless, we do know that whiplash injuries can affect the whole neck.
Whiplash Injuries After a Car Accident
Many whiplash injuries are not immediately noticeable. While your neck may hurt, the adrenaline from a car crash often covers most of the pain and discomfort. Additionally, because of the way the injury occurs, the symptoms are not always noticeable until the next day. If you feel no neck pain immediately after a car accident, you may still be able to sue for injuries you notice the next day. It is quite common for neck and back injuries not to present themselves until you wake up in the morning, and courts and insurance companies often understand this.
If you do suffer whiplash injuries, it is important to seek medical treatment. The old way to treat whiplash was often to put the victim in a neck brace and instruct them not to move much. Modern medicine may approach this kind of injury with painkillers, light stretching, visits to a chiropractor, rehabilitation, and other treatments. Your physician may also order X-Rays, MRIs, and other imaging to ensure that there is not more serious damage or tearing that requires surgery to repair.
Ultimately, the prognosis for whiplash is different for every person. If the injury is not as severe, you may be able to recover within a few weeks. More serious whiplash injuries, or more vulnerable patients, may actually mean lifelong pain and discomfort. Somewhere between 15% and 40% of people who suffer whiplash injuries in a car crash may experience chronic pain for the rest of their lives, and suffering whiplash can exacerbate other neck, head, and back issues.
Suing for Whiplash Injuries in Miami, FL
Florida’s “no-fault” insurance rules often force you to file with insurance companies before turning to the courts for compensation. However, insurance policies are only required to have $10,000 worth of no-fault injury coverage. If this is not enough to cover your needs, or if your injuries are considered “permanent,” you may be able to go straight to court with your case.
Because whiplash can be a permanent injury that affects you the rest of your life, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver for your injuries. This lawsuit can compensate you for expenses like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Compensation for medical expenses may include not only hospital visits and doctor visits, but any care you received. That means imaging (e.g. MRIs), visits to a chiropractor, and physical therapy and rehabilitation may all be covered.
Whiplash injuries may prevent you from going back to work while you recover from the injury. If you have any need to look around (e.g. while driving), bend over, or concentrate for long periods of time, a whiplash injury may keep you from work. A lawsuit may be able to compensate you for these lost wages.
Lastly, a car accident lawsuit may provide you with damages for your pain and suffering. These damages may not be available when filing with insurance. Since whiplash can cause pain and suffering far into the future, you may be able to recover significant damages for this type of injury.
Miami Car Accident Lawyer
Miami whiplash injury lawyer Prosper Shaked offers free consultations to help car accident victims understand their options and start discussing their case. If you or a loved one suffered whiplash after a car accident in Miami, Florida, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 694-2676 to schedule your free consultation.