According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “neck sprains and strains are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims.” That isn’t a surprising fact since government statistics confirm that rear-end collisions account for about 30% of the traffic crashes that happen in our nation each year, and such crashes are a leading cause of neck sprains and strains – also known as whiplash. With Florida reporting more than 235,000 motor vehicle crashes annually, rear-end collisions could number more than 70,000. It’s easy to see that the potential for whiplash injuries is significant.
More about Whiplash
- Neck injuries are reported in about two-thirds of bodily injury liability insurance claims, and in more than half of personal injury protection claims.
- Insurance claims for neck pain cost more than $8 billion per year, accounting for about a fourth of the total claim money paid for traffic crash injuries
- Although whiplash can happen in any type of motor vehicle accident, it is most commonly associated with rear-end collisions.
- About one in four drivers of vehicles struck from the rear report neck injuries to their insurers.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
At the law firm of Freeman Injury Law, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys know that insurance adjusters are likely to meet claims for whiplash with a dubious response. We understand that insurers try to cast doubt on injuries that aren’t readily apparent. Because whiplash is a soft-tissue injury, the reason for your pain isn’t visible. But our whiplash injury lawyers in Palm Beach and Broward know that doesn’t lessen your suffering. Headaches and neck pain may persist, interfering with your mobility and your daily activities. When a motorist’s negligence or reckless driving has left you hurt, our Broward personal injury and wrongful death attorneys will explain your rights and provide you with the knowledgeable guidance you need after an accident.
Whiplash happens when you experience a sudden distortion of your neck. In a rear-end collision the force of the crash causes your body to travel forward, but your head doesn’t move at the same pace. Consequently, your neck extends fully until your head is suddenly wrenched forward. The movement imitates the snapping of a whip, giving the injury its name. Although head restraints in vehicles may help somewhat, they can’t prevent neck injuries because your weight, your height, how you’re sitting, and other factors figure into whiplash occurrences, too.
The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Freeman Injury Law know that whiplash injuries can cause problems that go beyond a simple sore neck. While neck pain is the most frequent complain associated with whiplash injuries, victims also may experience soft-tissue tears, nerve damage, ruptured vertebrae, torn or ruptured ligaments, and other damage. That means you could experience numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, dizziness, headaches, stiffness, and other symptoms. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that some victims of whiplash suffer “cognitive, somatic, or psychological conditions such as memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness/irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue or depression.”
When you or someone you love has suffered a whiplash injury because of another’s negligence or careless actions, the Palm Beach whiplash injury attorneys at Freeman Injury Law are your strongest choice for the kind of skills needed to build a solid case for you to receive monetary damages for your injuries. Our firm has the medical knowledge, the legal insight, and the resources needed to thoroughly examine the circumstances of your injury and to support your claim for compensation. The attorney you choose can make a big difference in the amount of compensation you receive for your medical care, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. When you need proven legal skills and aggressive representation, call the Port St. Lucie whiplash injury lawyers at Freeman Injury Law. We offer you a free consultation to explain your rights.