Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents. When your head hyperextends beyond its normal range of movement, it can result in muscle, ligament, and spinal cord damage that causes limited movement and serious pain.
Whiplash is most often a result of rear-end collisions. These car accidents may be caused by driver distractions such as driving while using a cell phone. Evidence suggests that even at low speeds, rear-end collisions have the potential to cause whiplash and other serious injuries that can have long-term consequences and potentially cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Symptoms of Whiplash
When you are involved in a car accident, it may be difficult to tell the extent of your injuries right away. You need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to make sure you are properly diagnosed and begin treatment in a timely manner.
Some of the symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Back pain
- A burning sensation throughout the neck and back
Treatment for whiplash may include a cervical collar and the use of pain medications. During your treatment, you will need to refrain from work and most social activities to allow your body time to heal. Most whiplash cases can be treated in 2 to 4 weeks, but symptoms may recur if your whiplash is accompanied by a more serious spinal cord injury.
Why You Need an Attorney
Whiplash may seem like a minor injury, but medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation may be required. In addition, during your recovery you may not be able to work, resulting in lost wages. This is to say nothing of your physical discomfort.
When you are injured in a car accident, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. In a whiplash claim, that may include medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. The aggressive Orlando, Florida car accident attorneys at the Best Law Firm Florida P.A. can help you determine the value of your case, and we will fight to get you every penny you are due.
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident in or around Orlando, Florida, please contact Best Law Firm Florida P.A. today to schedule your free consultation.