Whiplash is an injury that carries several serious symptoms. In addition to neck pain, whiplash can make it difficult to sleep, impact vision and hearing, and cause depression. Whiplash injuries often require an intensive regimen of medical treatments and physical therapy, and in severe cases, the effects could be chronic.
If you sustained whiplash in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. When you are our client, an East Meadow whiplash injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you pursue compensation by:
- Keeping you updated on your case
- Identifying liable parties
- Communicating with all parties for you
- Gathering evidence
- Determining a value for your case
- And more
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our legal team, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400. If we believe your case has merit, we will offer to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front fees required.
Understanding a Whiplash Injury
Although whiplash is a common injury caused by automobile collisions and other accidents, many people do not understand the extent of the injury.
Some people who experience whiplash after an accident notice immediate pain and stiffness in the neck and back. Other people exhibit only minor symptoms right away. However, more serious whiplash symptoms can develop in the days following an accident.
Some whiplash injuries will resolve with time, rest, and light exercises. More severe forms of whiplash may require treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and injections. You should see a doctor as soon as possible if you were hurt in an accident. They will help you to better understand the complete extent of your whiplash injury.
If you sustained a whiplash injury in an accident, you may be owed compensation from the responsible party. An East Meadow whiplash injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will represent you and handle all legal work in your case if you qualify.
For a free consultation on your case with a representative of our firm, call us at (516) 932-0400 today.
For a free legal consultation with a whiplash injury lawyer serving East Meadow, call 516-932-0400
Common Causes of Accidents
Rear-end collisions are responsible for whiplash in many instances, but other automobile accidents do not exclude the possibility of whiplash. While road conditions, faulty vehicle parts, and weather conditions may be responsible for some accidents that cause whiplash, frequently another driver is at fault. Driver fault may be due to:
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving behaviors
- Texting while driving
- Drunk or impaired driving
Drunk drivers cause plenty of automobile collisions, but those impaired on other drugs, both “recreational” and prescription, can also be responsible for collisions that cause whiplash and other injuries.
Some medications cause drowsiness and reduce coordination, which can increase the risk of a car accident. Other medications have restrictions on being combined with alcohol. According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014, 22.5% of drivers were using a drug that had the potential to impair their ability to drive.
Drivers who work late shifts and long hours are a common source of drowsy driving. Those who operate a motor vehicle with an undiagnosed sleep condition such as narcolepsy put themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at risk for collisions that cause whiplash injuries. If a driver fails to take adequate breaks on a long road trip, they are also at risk for falling asleep at the wheel.
A lawyer will consider these factors and more when looking at an accident that caused a whiplash injury. With so many details to inspect, the evidence-gathering process is often lengthy. Once car insurance companies enter the picture, you may find it difficult to communicate with them on your own.
An East Meadow whiplash injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will communicate with car insurance companies, eyewitnesses, law enforcement, and any other parties involved in the accident on your behalf when we represent you.
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Pursuing Compensation for a Whiplash Injury
Whiplash injuries may leave you in the hospital for quite some time. Even if you can walk around and perform your daily routines, a whiplash injury can severely limit your range of motion and contribute to a diminished quality of life. Lawyers will examine these effects when determining a value for your case.
Many whiplash injuries leave people unable to return to their place of work. This can devastate a victim’s family and personal life. Depending on the nature of the accident that caused the injury, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the wages you lose while absent from work. Other types of damages you may be able to recover include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the ability to enjoy life
- Property damage
- Hospital visits
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation programs
- And more
An East Meadow whiplash injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will pursue all damages you may be entitled to, including estimated future costs of care and pain and suffering, when we represent you.
If necessary, we will hire medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists to testify in your defense.
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Today
Accidents that cause whiplash often lead to immense physical complications. A lawyer who focuses on these accidents will help you navigate the legal system so that you are able to prioritize your healing and recovery. If you qualify, an East Meadow whiplash injury lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will fight to assert your position in settlement negotiations or, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, at trial.
To get started with a free consultation on your case, call us at (516) 932-0400. A member of our team is standing by to discuss your case in English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada.