Whiplash is a common injury that is suffered in motor vehicle accidents and is compensable. If an individual was recently involved in a car accident and it wasn’t their fault, they may be entitled to recover money to cover the cost of medical care, hospital visits, medication, and more. If a whiplash injury victim would like to receive a case evaluation to determine how much their claim might be worth, they can contact The Reyes Firm to discuss this with a Tampa, FL accident lawyer.
Is whiplash considered a serious injury?
Although whiplash is classified as a soft-tissue injury, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry serious and even long-term effects.1 For some, their whiplash symptoms clear up within a few weeks, but for others, their injury might lead to them experiencing chronic pain and “other long-lasting complications.” Some of the symptoms that are often associated with a whiplash injury include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Issues with sleeping
- Memory issues
When whiplash is coupled with other injuries, it can only make it more difficult for a victim to get through each day.
How is whiplash treated?
Whiplash can be treated in multiple ways, but treatment should only be recommended or provided by a licensed physician. Some forms of treatment that are sometimes used to help mend a whiplash injury include:
- Pain management. This might include over-the-counter or prescription medications, rest, or a hot or cold compress. Some patients sometimes have an injection administered “to decrease pain so that [they] can do physical therapy.”
- Physical therapy
- Foam collars
If these forms of treatment aren’t enough to help a whiplash injury victim recover from their injury, they may need to discuss with their physician other methods of treatment that can be applied.
How much is a whiplash claim worth?
Whiplash claims vary as it all depends on how serious the injury is as well as how much medical treatment an individual needs or will need to have rendered. But, if an accident victim wants help with recovering compensation to cover any of the following, they are encouraged to retain a Tampa, FL accident attorney for legal help:
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses. This would include medical costs that aren’t covered by health or auto insurance.
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
The Reyes Firm is Available to Help With Whiplash Injury Claims
Recovering compensation for a whiplash injury isn’t always easy. Sometimes, the insurance company doesn’t want to pay, while other times, there isn’t enough coverage available. Therefore, if an accident victim would like to increase their chances of being awarded the full amount they are due, they should consider contacting The Reyes Firm at (833) 422-3329.
The Reyes Firm can be reached at:
3302 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33603
Phone: (833) 422-3329