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When Should You Pursue a Claim for Whiplash after a Car Accident?

Car accidents happen in a flash and may cause severe emotional and physical harm. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), more than 395,000 car accidents happen in Florida each year. For those injured in motor vehicle accidents, filing personal injury claims is a vital part of covering medical costs and other expenses. 

Attorney Robert Baker and his legal team provide individuals who have been harmed by car accidents with experienced guidance during legal negotiations. Whiplash is a distressing  injury that needs urgent medical treatment. If you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you have the right to seek legal counsel and pursue an injury claim. 

What Are Some Symptoms of Whiplash? 

Whiplash refers to damage to the soft tissues of the neck by a sudden back-and-forth motion of the head, common during car accidents. There are mild to severe cases, but treatments usually begin with over-the-counter medications and physical therapy. 

While rear-end car accidents are often the cause, whiplash can still appear from sports accidents, physical abuse, and other traumatic occurrences. When identifying whether or not you may have sustained a whiplash injury, consider the following symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Pain increases with neck movement
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the shoulder, upper back, and arms

Any of these symptoms may indicate whiplash. It’s important to schedule a visit with your primary care physician after any crash. Some injuries may not appear right after the accident, so having a medical professional check for any signs of damage can help your health and personal injury case. 

How Soon Should I File a Claim for Whiplash?

The sooner you’re able to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, the more guidance the professional can offer. If you’re unsure how to continue or if filing a claim is something you want to consider, discussing your accident with an experienced attorney can help with that decision. 

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be able to receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

When you are ready to discuss the next steps in your injury claim, a personal injury attorney will advocate for your legal rights and work to provide you with the best possible outcome for your case. 

How Can a Florida Car Accident Lawyer Assist My Case?

Entering a claim without legal guidance can be stressful, frustrating, and costly. There are hundreds of laws put in place to protect each individual but understanding the legal process of filing a claim is daunting. Instead of analyzing all the documents for yourself, a personal injury lawyer will represent you throughout your claim.

Ensuring that you have proper representation during legal proceedings and negotiations is a large part of what a personal injury attorney does. There are many ways your personal injury lawyer can assist with your case, and the following are some examples:

  • Explaining your rights
  • Representing you in legal proceedings
  • Analyzing settlement offers
  • Negotiating with the insurance companies

Having proper representation when discussing legal rights and pursuing compensation can drastically change your personal injury claim outcome. 

Consider Professional Legal Assistance with Attorney Robert Baker

There are many types of injuries that a person can sustain during a car accident. If you or someone you care about was in a traumatic accident that resulted in an injury, trust in the Baker Legal Team to advocate and fight for your rights. Whether it’s covering medical bills or loss of wages, our team is dedicated to ensuring you get the best results your case can offer. For more information about our practice areas or scheduling a free consultation, complete our contact form or call (561) 320-0000. 

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