In 2017, the state of Florida witnessed 402,385 car accidents resulting in 254,310 injuries, according to the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Understanding that 29% of car accidents in the U.S. are rear-end collisions, it’s safe to assume that many of those injuries were whiplash injuries.
Whiplash injuries in Orlando car accidents commonly result from rear-end crashes but can occur due to an impact from any direction. This form of trauma usually causes pain in the tissues of the neck. Sometimes, whiplash damages nerves and spinal discs. In severe cases, the ligaments in the neck may sustain trauma or a person may experience a fractured neck bone. At times, whiplash is a precursor to a more severe neck or back injury.
Pain and stiffness in the neck can prevent a person from engaging in work, household tasks, or recreational activities and hobbies, severely reducing a victim’s quality of life. If you have suffered whiplash in a rear-end vehicle accident in Orlando, a car accident lawyer can help you obtain the settlement you need to recover from your injury.
You might not be sure whether you have whiplash following an accident. Some people who become injured in a crash don’t feel any symptoms for days. This is due to the shock response, which is completely normal. Even if you don’t feel a thing after a seemingly minor collision, it’s important to get an evaluation from a medical doctor.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury which often occurs from the rapid backward-and-forward motion of the head upon a rear-end impact. While your seatbelt and car seat stabilize your chest, your head has plenty of room for movement upon a hard impact and flings backward and forward, extending past the torso as it does so, until it comes to a stop. Symptoms of whiplash frequently include:
If you feel any of the above symptoms, begin the path to recovery with a doctor right away. The sooner you tend to your injuries by establishing a medical record, the more successful your claim for damages can be.
The easiest damages to calculate are your out-of-pocket expenses, which are also referred to as economic damages or losses. If you have medical bills and receipts for services and purchases related to your accident, your insurance company should cover these expenses regardless of fault. Also, if you have collision insurance, your auto insurance policy will cover damage to your car in the following scenarios:
Finally, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages or what you would have earned from working had you not missed time from work because of your accident.
In a no-fault insurance state like Florida, it might be difficult to recover for a whiplash injury outside of your insurance policy unless the injury exacerbates a pre-existing medical condition. You are advised to speak with a personal injury lawyer who takes whiplash cases in Orlando to understand, realistically, what kind of compensation you can expect.
If you endure pain and suffering after a whiplash injury, you are also entitled to compensation. Your insurance company and personal injury lawyer will likely take a similar approach to estimate the value of your pain and suffering before issuing a whiplash injury settlement. If your case goes to trial, the jury will take your pain and suffering into account when calculating damages, as well as your degree of fault for causing the accident.
Receiving fair compensation for pain and suffering may be the most challenging aspect of your whiplash injury claim. To ensure you receive fair compensation for all that you have suffered due to whiplash, turn to the team of Orlando whiplash injury lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm.
Our attorneys understand the complexities that often follow the filing of a personal injury claim. If you are suffering, allow us to help you with our over 100 years of combined experience providing quality legal representation to victims throughout Orlando and Central Florida. Attorney William Umansky sits on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. His experience in personal injury law can boost your case. Call or complete our contact form for a free case evaluation. We’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.
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