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Helping FL drivers recover compensation after a car wreck

While vintage car enthusiasts lament that cars aren’t made like yesteryear, there are some safety features in newer cars that are difficult to argue against. One of them is the safety restraints that help drivers and both frontseat and backseat passengers avoid or minimize the impact of whiplash.

According to the Whiplash Prevention Campaign, in 1995, approximately 3 percent of measured head restraints had suitable geometric ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2005, that number skyrocketed to 51 percent.

More than 2 million Americans experience some form of whiplash on an annual basis, and automobile injuries are the leading cause. Called “whip”lash because of the similarities of an actual cracking whip, whiplash happens when the neck rapidly moves in a back-and-forth position. When the neck is jerked either direction (forward or backward), this can cause injuries such as muscle and tendon tears. This painful injury often begins weeks or months after an accident, making it imperative for drivers to contact a car wreck attorney in Melbourne or Titusville as soon as possible after the crash.

What are the symptoms?

While whiplash is usually related to the neck, other bodily injuries may come into play. According to Mayo Clinic, other symptoms include:

  • Ears: tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing or roaring sounds only heard by the person suffering from whiplash
  • Eyes: blurred vision
  • Head: severe headaches, usually at the skull base
  • Arms: numbness; tenderness (usually upper arms); tingling; pain (usually upper arms)
  • Neck: limited motion range; pain; stiffness
  • Shoulders: pain; tenderness

Psychological effects

Whiplash doesn’t just affect a car accident victim physically. There are mental consequences, too, including:

  • decrease in sleep
  • depression
  • distracted easily
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • memory loss

Because whiplash from sports injuries can also cause concussions, excessive sleepiness or falling unconscious should be treated immediately, too. After a major injury, do not assume that the injured can easily shake it off.

Diagnosis

Whiplash can happen immediately or take hours to days to kick in. While it usually goes away on its own with proper treatment, diagnosing whiplash is the first step. CT scans or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine are used to check for soft tissue injuries, such as discs, ligaments and muscles.

Unfortunately, “weakness” is not something that can be classified on these machines and is usually judged by the injured’s verbal and physical behavior before, during and after the tests. Standard X-ray machines are also not sufficient at diagnosing whiplash. However, X-ray machines may be suitable for narrowing down arthritis, dislocations and fractures to identify the difference between whiplash and symptoms from these three factors.

Treatment

Yoga is one of many ways that gentle exercises can improve the injuries associated with whiplash. Other methods of treatment include:

  • heat
  • ice
  • massages
  • medication (anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid pain relievers)
  • pain relief medication
  • physical therapy
  • strength training
  • ultrasound

Surgery for neck pain is rare, unless there is damage to a nerve or the spinal cord.

Whiplash is a stubborn injury that could come back without notice. Be sure to discuss all of your symptoms with a Melbourne or Titusville whiplash lawyer to ensure that your case considers and includes all of your pain and suffering.

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AUTO ACCIDENT FAQs
Out-of-state travelers occupy Florida’s roads every day. Auto insurance policies generally cover damages no matter where the insured driver has an accident in the country. Should legal action be necessary, then you will usually file the lawsuit in Florida where the accident occurred. However, you may have the option of filing the lawsuit in the state where the defendant lives. The defendant may even push for this option if that state’s comparative negligence laws are more restrictive than Florida’s. A car accident attorney can evaluate these issues and pursue a litigation strategy focused on your best interests.
Smart phone use behind the wheel is a well-documented traffic hazard, but you need proof to accuse someone of this negligent behavior. The definitive way to gather evidence of texting while driving is to subpoena the driver’s mobile phone service. It will have records documenting the time of all texts. The assistance of an attorney will streamline the process of requesting the data from a telecommunications company. Additionally, witness testimony could confirm texting activity at a certain time. Police officers sometimes ask drivers if they were texting, and their police reports might serve as evidence.
The sudden blunt force of motor vehicle accidents whips around the bodies of vehicle occupants. Rear-end collisions are especially prone to causing whiplash injuries to the soft tissues of the neck, nerves, and bones. Symptoms, like pain, tingling, reduced range of motion, headaches, or dizziness, may not emerge for a few days after the accident. A medical evaluation as soon as possible after a crash can alert you to whiplash injuries and connect you with appropriate treatment. Medical records will also improve your ability to prove injuries when seeking damages from the responsible party.
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