San Bernardino County Whiplash Lawyer
Whiplash is the most common type of neck injury caused in an auto accident. The term whiplash is actually a non-medical term but it is often used to describe a range of injuries inflicted to the neck area. Whiplash injuries are caused by, or related to, a sudden distortion and extension of the neck and its surrounding structures. During a sudden impact, the violent motion that the head, neck, and upper body go through resembles the cracking of a whip, hence the phrase whiplash.
Despite being common in various types of accidents, whiplash is very painful to endure. If the impact is great enough and your injuries are severe, you may experience neck pain, back pain, and headaches for years to come. This type of physical discomfort can absolutely disrupt your daily life, both personally and professionally.
The quality of life you enjoyed prior to the accident may be a thing of the past. This diminished quality of life may entitle you to benefits and financial compensation under California law.
If you have been the victim of a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident you should consult with a skilled personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your rights and how to protect them.
Accidents Causing Whiplash
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of auto accidents. Texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving and Facebooking while driving are all very common causes of rear-end collisions. Rear-end accidents also often times result in whiplash. This is primarily related to the mechanics and inertia exerted upon impact.
- Rear-End Collisions
- Texting While Driving
- Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving
- Facebooking While Driving
- Checking Emails While Driving
Other types of accidents that can induce whiplash include, sports injuries (such as skiing accidents), slip-and-fall accidents, being physically assaulted, and amusement park ride accidents.
- Sports Injuries (i.e., skiing accidents)
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Physical Assault Victim
- Amusement Park Ride Accidents
Any movement or accident that strains the neck with sufficient force from behind can result in whiplash.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash
Many car accident victims may feel physically fine immediately after the accident. This can lead them to decline medical attention at the scene of the accident. This is a bad idea, as the sooner you seek medical care the better. Considering the fact that after an accident you may be in shock, your adrenaline is pumping, and you may just be grateful that you survived the accident, it is easy to see how pain due to a whiplash injury can be masked.
One may not feel the effects of a whiplash injury for several days after the accident. Symptoms commonly include, neck pain, back pain, stiffness, aches and headaches. You may also experience numbness and tingling in the extremities and is indicative of nerve damage. Areas of the body most often affected by whiplash are the neck, the upper back, and the mid back.
How a San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
Working with an experienced auto accident attorney can help you in many ways. Initially, it is important to note that the driver who hit you will begin to protect themselves legally right after the accident. This is usually done by their insurance carrier, once the accident is reported. The liable party’s insurance company may offer you a quick lump sum settlement. Do not accept a quick settlement offer without at least speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney beforehand. There are many factors that go into determining the full monetary value of your claim–most of which the liable party’s insurance company will not take into consideration, without being held accountable. The personal injury attorneys at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation have the necessary knowledge and experience to determine the true monetary value of your accident claim, by taking into account all pertinent factors such as:
Lost Wages (current and future)
Medical Bills (current and future)
Pain and suffering
Costs & Incidental Expenses
“Can I afford to hire a personal injury attorney”? Yes.*
One of the most common concerns in an auto accident or personal injury case is whether or not you can afford to retain a personal injury attorney. There is a lot on the line due to you being injured, and as a result, you really cannot afford not to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Many times physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial instability are the direct result of the accident. Your injuries may never fully heal, the pain you experience doing everyday tasks may be something you have to deal with for the rest of your life if your injuries are that severe. Also, in a serious auto accident case it is not out of the realm of possibility that you may not be able to return to work anytime soon, if you can in fact work at all after the accident. All of these may entitle you to benefits and financial compensation according to California personal injury law. Without an attorney working on your behalf you may not obtain all benefits and financial compensation amounts that you rightfully deserve.
Mr. Kassel and his associates will negotiate on your behalf to obtain a fair and just settlement. If a settlement cannot be agreed upon, the firm will always be prepared to take your case to trial, and get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
* The San Bernardino County Car Accident Attorneys at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation handle accident and injury cases on a contingency fee basis–meaning the firm charges no fee unless they recover for you. It really makes sense to consult with Sanford or Gavin Kassel regarding your claim.
Contact A San Bernardino Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident of any sort due to another’s negligence or carelessness call SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation. There are absolutely NO FEES charged for personal injury cases, unless they recover for you.