Whiplash Injury Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury to the neck. It is sometimes defined as neck strain or a neck sprain. Whiplash is a serious injury that may also damage nerve roots, joints, and discs, severely affecting the quality of life for anyone unfortunate enough to experience it. Whiplash pain is caused by overextending the neck and straining or spraining the muscles running down into your shoulders and back. This is the reason why whiplash pain can be felt throughout the shoulders and the back. Whiplash can also cause nerve pain, tingling and burning, back pain (affecting intervertebral joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and discs), stiffness in the neck, myofascial injuries and somatic, cognitive and psychological issues such as memory loss, nervousness, memory loss, problems sleeping and depression. Whiplash pain is not always evident right away after an accident. It may take a few hours or a few days for you to feel the pain.
The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident. Often, the speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough force to cause whiplash in the driver and passengers. Other common causes of whiplash include sport injuries and blows to the head from a falling object, or being a victim of violent assault. Repetitive stress injuries or chronic strain involving the neck (using the neck to hold the phone) are also common causes. Child abuse, including the shaking of a child, can result in neck injury.
What Should I Do If I Suffered Whiplash Injury?
If you have whiplash pain, immediately visit a medical facility or your doctor, because neck injury can be very sever and can affect you whole body. After seeking medical treatment, you need to contact an experienced whiplash attorney. A whiplash attorney can help you get a settlement or judgment if you have suffered whiplash because of an accident. The Lassen Law Firm employs experienced whiplash attorneys who understand the underlying effects of whiplash, including chronic headaches, memory loss, back problems, shoulder pain, burning or prickling sensations (paresthesias) and depression.
In order to receive compensation for your whiplash injury, you must file a whiplash claim. You can file a whiplash claim at any time after an accident, but make sure it is filed prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury. The Lassen Law Firm encourages everyone injured in a car accident to file a claim as soon as possible in order to start accident investigation soon after the accident and to avoid loss of evidence.
If you were injured in an accident, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Ask for an ambulance to go to a local emergency room. After you have been checked out, be sure to get a copy of the medical records. You should also get a copy of the police report. The police report is crucial in helping determine whether negligence on the part of the defendant was a major factor in the accident. An experienced whiplash attorney will start settlement negotiations with the responsible party and his or her insurance company. If the responsible party does not offer a fair settlement, a whiplash attorney will take the case to court. Medical records, the police report and, in some cases, an accident re-enactment, are helpful in proving that the other driver was at fault and owes you compensation or that the other motorist's conduct was negligent or reckless and caused your whiplash injury. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, can help you get compensation for your whiplash injury promptly so you can get the necessary treatment and physical therapy without delay.
Can I Settle My Whiplash Case?
A prompt settlement can be reached if liability is uncontested or the claimant proves that the other party's negligent or reckless conduct caused the injury. An experienced Pennsylvania whiplash attorney can help you get a whiplash settlement and avoid the stress and delay involved in litigation. [However, it some case, litigation is the best means of getting the full and fair compensation.] Settlements are designed to compensate the injured party for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of future employment opportunities.
If you suffered whiplash because of the careless actions of another motorist, but you are partially at fault, you are still entitled to recover money damages. Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, which means that as long as your own negligence was not greater than that of the other party, you are entitled to compensation, reduced by the percentage of your fault.
Whiplash may last for a few hours or it may cause long-term problems. Contacting a whiplash attorney is helpful in the event that your whiplash does cause long-term problems. A whiplash attorney will help you keep the right documentation needed should you have to file legal action against the individual that caused the accident. Contact the Lassen Law Firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one is experiencing whiplash pain.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen