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Philadelphia Whiplash Injury Lawyer

People involved in a sudden accident may start to experience a sudden ache in the neck, upper shoulder area, jaw, or back. This ache, which can vary in intensity from a dull throb to a stabbing sharp pain, is an indicating factor that a whiplash injury may have occurred. You should always retain a whiplash injury lawyer in Philadelphia from our firm to get maximum compensation.

Whiplash is an injury to the neck that occurs when the ligaments and muscles are forced to extend beyond the typical range of motion. Muscles and ligaments are forced to go beyond the typical range of motion during an accident as a result of the sudden forward and backwards motion that occurs during an accident.

Most individuals will suffer from whiplash when they have been in a rear-end collision, but any accident from any angle can produce this type of injury. If a vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed, whether it is hit from the front, back, or side, whiplash could occur.

The severity of the injury can vary from extremely mild to severe. A number of factors will determine how severe the whiplash injury is to an individual. Factors such as amount of pain, ability to move the neck and/or surrounding parts of the body, and types of symptoms will all determine how severe the case of whiplash is for a person.

What are Some Symptoms That May Occur with Whiplash?

The type of symptoms an individual experience with a case of whiplash will vary. Some individuals will only show one or two symptoms, while others will have multiple symptoms.

In addition to the varying types of symptoms an individual experience, the length of time an individual experiences these symptoms will vary. Some individuals report having symptoms of whiplash within a few hours of an accident, while other individuals may report symptoms of whiplash much later – sometimes up to two months later.

Some of the symptoms that indicate whiplash include:

  • Dull or sharp neck pain that occurs with movement or even while sitting
  • A stiff feeling around the neck
  • Varying degrees of headaches that appear to start at the base of the skull
  • Blurred vision that occurs suddenly
  • A dizzy feeling when sitting or standing
  • Fatigue that does not go away with a nap or after sleeping

These symptoms are considered common. Some symptoms that are less common, but still reported with cases of whiplash include:

  • Sudden memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constant ringing of the ears
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Sudden mood changes – increased irritability or sudden bursts of anger

When symptoms of whiplash are present, it is best to see a healthcare professional or doctor. This will provide a record of the symptoms, while helping to make sure the whiplash is properly treated.

A healthcare professional or doctor should be seen immediately if the following symptoms occur:

  • A pain that is slowly spreading down the shoulders and arms
  • Movement of the head becomes painful
  • Numbness, weakness, or a tingling sensation occurs in the arms or legs

What Treatments are Used to Relieve Symptoms or Treat Whiplash?

Treatment of whiplash will vary depending upon what type of symptoms are present and the severity of the symptoms. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication and the application of ice may relieve the symptoms and treat whiplash. However, more severe cases may need other treatment.

Severe cases of whiplash may require the use of prescription painkillers to relieve the pain or when muscle stiffness is present prescription muscle relaxers. Some severe cases of whiplash may require the need for several physical therapy sessions to strengthen and rehabilitate the muscles in and around the neck.

Retain a Philadelphia Whiplash Injury Lawyer

A Philadelphia whiplash injury attorney is critical to getting money damages for your injuries. One of our highly experienced whiplash injury lawyers will represent you, and get you the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.

Whiplash Compensation

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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