Injury Attorneys Dedicated to Assisting Residents of Spring Hill
The knowledgeable injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offer vigorous representation to accident victims in Spring Hill and the surrounding communities. Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in negligence cases. If you were hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, we can help you seek the compensation you need to move forward after a serious injury.
Causes and Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash is a neck injury typically caused by rapid and forceful movements. The force causes the neck to move sideways, front and back, which harms its ligaments and tendons. Most cases of whiplash are the result of motor vehicle accidents, particularly rear end collisions.
If you are involved in a crash, you may not experience whiplash until hours after the injury. Most symptoms worsen in the days that follow. They may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder and back pain, and blurred vision or difficulty hearing.
Whiplash injuries can range from a mild muscle strain to ruptured ligaments, neck fractures, and nerve damage. These can all lead to long-term symptoms, including chronic headaches, pain that radiates to the extremities, dizziness, and ringing in the ears.
Pursuing a Negligence Claim for Compensation
Many whiplash injuries are caused by car, motorcycle, or other traffic accidents. If you are a victim of a motor vehicle crash, you can potentially hold the person responsible for it accountable for your harm. You can sue that party for damages and try to recover compensation if you can prove liability.
In Florida, an accident victim can establish a defendant’s liability in a personal injury case by proving negligence. This claim may arise when a person fails to conform to a certain standard of care and injures someone else as a result. The elements of negligence are duty, breach, causation, and damages. In the context of drivers, the law holds them to a duty of reasonable care, which means acting in a way that a reasonable driver would act under the same circumstances. A breach of the duty happens when an individual falls short of this standard. For instance, to show a breach, you can present evidence that a driver was speeding or ran a red light when he or she struck you. The causation element requires the victim’s injuries to have been a direct and foreseeable result of the defendant’s breach. Damages must be reasonably ascertainable and quantifiable.
The defendant may argue that you were responsible for your injuries. For example, the driver of a car may claim that he or she only rear-ended you because you stopped abruptly. Some states only allow a victim to recover damages if he or she was less at fault for causing an injury than the defendant, while others do not allow someone to recover if he or she was in any way responsible for the harm. Florida, however, adheres to a pure comparative fault rule. A victim can recover damages as long as he or she is not 100 percent responsible for causing the accident and his or her injuries. For example, a court may determine that you and the defendant were 40 percent and 60 percent at fault, respectively. This means you could recover 60 percent of your total damages from the defendant.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need long-term medical care to restore your range of motion and manage your pain. You can potentially recover the costs of your medical care, including physical therapy and pain treatment, as well as any lost wages for missed days at work and property damage. More subjective damages like pain and suffering also may be available.
Discuss Your Whiplash Accident Case with a North Tampa Lawyer
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we represent victims of devastating car crashes and other catastrophic accidents throughout the North Tampa area. Our attorneys can help assert your right to compensation if you suffered whiplash or another serious spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness. Whether through settlement or trial, our lawyers can prepare a strong claim and pursue a fair outcome in your case. We assist clients in Lutz, Citrus, and Hillsborough Counties. Call us today or use our online form to arrange a free consultation.