You may feel lucky to have emerged from a car accident without any visible or obvious injuries, however, it’s important not to overlook whiplash. Right after a car accident, whiplash may just feel like an ache, pain, or discomfort in your neck or shoulder area. It’s important not to take this lightly, and not to wait and see if it goes away. Instead, you should get medical care immediately.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury that occurs due to the back-and-forth motion of your head/neck during an accident. This rapid motion can cause trauma to the spinal cord, cervical spine, brain stem, and brain. Whiplash symptoms can include headaches, migraines, fatigue, irritability, brain fog, muscle soreness and pain, nerve pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers, stiffness, and an inability to bend or turn your neck. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor. This is necessary both for treatment and because you will need the documentation for your claim.
Suing for Whiplash
If your whiplash was caused by another driver’s negligence, and you suffered physical and financial harm as a result, you can likely bring a personal injury claim to recover all the damage that you have experienced as a result of the other driver’s negligence. In order to bring a successful personal injury claim you will have to show that your injury was the direct cause of the liable driver’s negligence. If the other driver was breaking the law, such as by speeding or driving under the influence, negligence will automatically be assumed, and you will only have to prove your injuries. Your injuries can be established by providing medical records, which is also why it is important to ensure there is documentation of your injury by seeking medical attention after the accident.
The amount of damages that you are entitled to depends on the nature and severity of your injuries. If you have soft tissue injuries that can be healed after several physical therapy sessions, your damages will be different than if you suffered permanent and debilitating nerve damage. Personal injury lawsuits are intended to make it as if the accident never happened to you financially. This means reimbursing you for all expenses incurred and income lost as a result of the accident, as well as compensating you for pain and suffering caused by the accident. In some cases, such as where the other driver’s actions were especially reprehensible, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. These damages are intended to essentially teach the negligent party a lesson and deter anyone else from acting similarly recklessly.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
If you are experiencing severe pain and discomfort as the result of a whiplash injury caused by a negligent driver, the experienced Boca Raton personal injury attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez want to hear from you. Contact us today to find out what your claim is worth.