Joe Osborne & Greg Francis, Personal Injury Lawyers & Founders of Osborne & Francis

Florida Whiplash Attorney

Why Do You Need a Florida Whiplash Lawyer?

A Florida whiplash attorney can help you secure funds for medical treatment, lost wages, and other types of damages including your pain and suffering. 

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or strain, is a soft tissue injury to the neck. These injuries are often caused by sudden jolts during which a person’s head and neck snap quickly forward, back, or side-to-side — like the cracking of a whip. A common injury in motor vehicle accidents and falls, whiplash can range from mild to debilitating if it affects your intervertebral joints, herniates a disc in your spine, or damages your nerve endings or roots. 

Whiplash injuries can cause stiffness, headaches, and back pain. They can interrupt your ability to earn a living, care for your children, or enjoy your life without pain. They can cause or exacerbate far more persistent medical conditions such as slipped discs, and lead to symptoms of depression, fatigue, mood changes, and impaired cognitive functioning. 

Proper care and healing time are essential after a whiplash injury. A whiplash injury lawsuit may be your best path to access the necessary funds for treatment. Contact the Florida whiplash lawyers at Osborne & Francis for a free consultation at (561) 293-2600. With locations in Orlando, Boca Raton, and Lakeland, FL, we could begin building your case right away.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Florida Whiplash Attorney Help You Secure?

While each case is different, the settlement our Florida whiplash attorneys can help you obtain may cover:

  • Medical expenses: If you have incurred any medical expenses as a result of your whiplash injury, your attorney can help you obtain compensation to cover those expenses. This can include costly expenses such as doctor visits, hospital stays, medication, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages: If you were unable to work due to your whiplash injury, your attorney can help you obtain compensation for the income you lost during that time. This can include wages, bonuses, and other benefits you would have received if you had been able to work.
  • Pain and suffering: Whiplash injuries can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Your attorney can help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of your injury.
  • Property damage: If your vehicle or other property was damaged as a result of the accident that caused your whiplash injury, your attorney can help you obtain compensation for the cost of repairing or replacing that property.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, if the person or entity responsible for your injury acted with gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing, you may be able to obtain punitive damages in addition to other forms of compensation.

The type and amount of settlement that a whiplash attorney can help you secure will depend on the specific facts of your case. It is important to speak with an experienced whiplash attorney who can evaluate your case and advise you on your legal options.

What Kinds of Accidents Can a Florida Whiplash Injury Attorney Handle?

A whiplash injury attorney can handle a wide range of accidents that can result in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a common injury that can result from any sudden impact that causes your head to jerk forward or backward, causing your neck to extend beyond its normal range of motion. 

Here are some of the most common types of accidents that can result in whiplash injuries:

  • Car and bicycle accidents: Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injuries that occur in car accidents, especially in rear-end collisions common with drunk or distracted driving.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Whiplash injuries can also result from slip and fall accidents, especially if you fall and hit your head or neck on the ground or other objects.
  • Workplace accidents: Whiplash injuries can also result from workplace accidents, such as falls from heights or accidents involving heavy machinery.
  • Sports injuries: Whiplash injuries can occur in sports such as football, hockey, and boxing, where there is a high risk of impact to the head or neck. Watercraft sports regularly enjoyed in Florida can also cause whiplash injuries, like parasailing, water skiing, boating, and diving injuries.
  • Amusement park ride injuries: Whiplash can also result from amusement park rides such as roller coasters. Home of Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando recreational injuries can harm both adults and children.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury in any of these types of accidents, it is important to speak with an experienced whiplash injury attorney who can evaluate your case and advise you on your legal options.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

The Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

A study on whiplash injuries due to motor vehicle collisions showed that five years after the accident, individuals were still experiencing a poorer quality of life due to their injuries. Issues included both mental strain from PTSD, and physical discomfort that researchers attributed to neuropathic pain.

Information like this can help your Florida whiplash lawyer argue for a robust settlement that will support you for the full duration of your injury and its side effects. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for representation.

What Does a Florida Whiplash Injury Lawyer Do for Your Case?

A whiplash injury lawyer can provide a wide range of legal services to help you with your case. Here are some of the things that a whiplash injury lawyer can do for your case:

  • Investigate your case: A whiplash injury lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine who is at fault and gather evidence to support your claim.
  • Assess your damages: Your lawyer can evaluate your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
  • Handle communication with insurance companies: Your attorney can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected and to secure a robust offer that is fair and just.
  • Negotiate a settlement: Your lawyer can negotiate with all opposing parties involved in the accident to reach a settlement that compensates you for your losses as quickly as possible.
  • File a lawsuit: If negotiations fail to reach a satisfactory settlement, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is important to speak with an experienced whiplash injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.

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Contact a Florida Whiplash Attorney

While many whiplash injuries are recoverable with time, treatment, and rest, they can also cause long-term and sometimes permanent injury to your brain or spine. In combination with other injuries in a car accident, or for older individuals with delicate health, a whiplash injury can be severe, and the pain long-lasting.

You deserve the resources necessary to fully treat your whiplash injury and recover at the pace your body requires. At Osborne & Francis, we have secured numerous million-dollar case results for our clients, and are ready to help you and your family as well.

With offices in Orlando, Boca Raton, and Lakeland, you can reach our compassionate Florida whiplash lawyers by calling (561) 293-2600 today. One call could begin your journey toward justice and a satisfactory case outcome that allows you to move forward with a brighter future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How does whiplash damage a person’s brain?

During whiplash, the brain can bounce around inside the skull, causing it to become bruised or damaged. This can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), or damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the neck which then affects the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Furthermore, even mild cases of whiplash can cause changes in the structure and function of the brain, leading to potentially life-long effects and difficulties.

Can I file a lawsuit for a whiplash injury against an individual or company?

Generally yes, if you have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongful conduct, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages. This includes individual drivers in car accidents, businesses in the case of workplace injuries, or corporations such as those which manage amusement parks.

Do I need a lawyer for a whiplash injury lawsuit?

While you are not required to have an attorney for a whiplash injury lawsuit, it is recommended that you hire one to handle the complex litigation process. An experienced whiplash injury lawyer can handle all the research and paperwork associated with your case, protect your rights to privacy from the other side, and ensure that you receive full compensation for your damages based on expert calculations of long-term care and inflation costs.

How long do I have to file a whiplash accident lawsuit in Florida?

The statute of limitations deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit varies by state. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is 4 years from the date of the accident. While that may seem like a long time, negotiations can stall and court proceedings may grow lengthy without an attorney staying on top of the matter. 

For proven representation, contact our Orlando or Boca Raton offices at (561) 293-2600, and let us handle the paperwork, negotiations, and deadlines for your case while you heal in peace.