Tampa Whiplash Injury Lawyer
Attorney Armando Edmiston can advocate for your best interests
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries and most often occurs in rear-end collisions. Occurring at speeds as low as 5 mph, whiplash happens when the head and neck are shaken violently back and forth, extending the neck’s muscles and ligaments past their normal range of motion. That’s why when you get rear-ended by another driver, the very nature of the collision puts you at risk of sustaining a whiplash injury.
If you’re in pain or experiencing other symptoms of whiplash after a car accident, it’s critical that you see a doctor so that you can receive appropriate medical treatment and care. To put yourself in a position to recover compensation for your accident-related medical expenses, you may also want to seek help from an experienced car accident lawyer.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, we consider your problems our problems. Founding attorney Armando Edmiston prides himself on treating clients like family and making a difference in their lives. Whether it’s through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict, our law firm will work to get the best possible outcome in your case.
What is whiplash? What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs when the muscles in the neck are hyperextended due to violent forward and backward movement of the head. Whiplash can occur in many situations, such as sports, but it’s most common in car accidents, especially rear-end accidents. You can get whiplash even from a seemingly minor accident because it doesn’t take much force to cause your head to move violently while the rest of your body remains seated.
Whiplash can be a painful injury with debilitating symptoms. In some severe cases, whiplash can cause chronic neck pain and result in long-term complications. Common symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Stiff neck
- Feeling dizzy
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, arms, or back
- Tingling in the arm or arm numbness
Sometimes, these symptoms only last for a few days, but more severe cases of whiplash can take weeks or months to heal. Some even result in chronic, long-term damage to the neck.
Treatment for whiplash may include prescription medication, range of motion exercises, physical therapy, and wearing a neck brace or neck collar to stabilize the neck. Seeking prompt medical attention is critical when treating whiplash. That’s because the longer you wait to see a doctor after a car accident, the easier it will be for the insurance company to question the severity of your injuries. For PIP claims, you are also required to see a doctor within 14 days of your accident.
What compensation do you get for whiplash?
The total amount of compensation you get for suffering whiplash in a car accident will depend heavily on the specific details of your crash and the overall impact the injury has had on your life. In general, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Replacement Services
- Pain and Suffering/Punitive Damages
There is no single average whiplash settlement; it all depends on the extent of your injury and what you can build a case for. An experienced whiplash attorney can advocate for the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Get the payout you deserve with help from a Tampa lawyer
Insurance companies have a reputation for giving personal injury victims a hard time. That’s especially true with claims involving whiplash and other neck injuries. Insurance adjusters may question if you’re really that injured or argue that you have a pre-existing condition. They do this so they can offer you minimal compensation and maximize the insurance company’s profits.
Attorney Armando Edmiston won’t let them push you around. He has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your claim and get you results. Our law firm also offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win. To learn more, contact us for a free case evaluation.