Whiplash is a common motor vehicle accident injury. It involves injury to the neck, and it can cause problems with sensation, muscle control, and your ability to move your head. This painful injury can affect your day-to-day life and make it difficult for you to perform routine tasks. It may even require long-term therapy or medication to keep the pain from your injuries in control.
Whiplash is commonly seen in rear-end accidents, but it can occur in sideswipes, rollovers, and head-on collisions as well.
If you were involved in a car accident caused by another party that left you with whiplash, Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you. A New York whiplash accident lawyer from our firm may be able to pursue damages from the at-fault parties responsible for your injuries.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call us today at (212) 751-9800. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no advanced payment required.
According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a type of bodily injury that develops when the neck is suddenly and forcefully jolted back and forth. On the road, whiplash may occur when the body of an individual in an accident is restrained with a seatbelt, but their head is free to move with the force of the collision. A sudden impact or jolt to the vehicle can injure the passenger’s neck and cause whiplash.
Whiplash Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash does not always cause symptoms that are clearly exhibited or can be easily identified. For one, adrenaline or swelling in the hours or days after an accident could mask pain, meaning you may have suffered neck damage but do not perceive it.
Symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Pain in the neck, back, or shoulders
- Arm or hand numbness
- Feeling dizzy
- Vision issues, such as a lack of focus
- Trouble remembering things
- Emotional symptoms, like feeling upset or short-tempered
Do not assume that your whiplash symptoms are minor and may clear up without treatment. This injury can persist and may require treatment.
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Seek Medical Care After Your Accident
You should immediately seek medical attention after an accident if you suspect that you have whiplash. Even if you do not feel like you were seriously injured, undergoing scans and tests such as MRIs and CT scans can help rule out the possibility that your neck or back sustained damage that is not yet apparent. These tests can then be used in court and with your insurer when you seek damages and compensation for your injuries.
With the right treatment, you can pinpoint any injuries you may have suffered in the accident. Quickly undergoing a checkup will also prevent the legal team of the at-fault party from claiming that your accident did not cause you any injuries and that you instead developed issues at a later point in time.
You should not delay seeking medical care after an accident. We recommend you keep a record of all of your tests and expenses related to your accident.
Identifying the Liable Party in Your Case
When you work with Morelli Law Firm on your case, a New York whiplash accident lawyer from our firm can investigate your car crash for evidence of the responsible driver’s liability. This may be evidence that the other driver caused your accident by acting in a negligent manner, such as:
- Violating a traffic law
- Failing to yield
- Making an illegal lane change
- Running a red light
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
We can also pursue compensation from other liable parties if it turns out that your accident was caused by a negligent car mechanic, vehicle component manufacturer, municipality responsible for safe roads, or another negligent party. We are not intimidated by complex cases with multi-party liability.
Working with Morelli Law Firm on Your Case
Morelli Law Firm can also provide the following services when we represent you:
- Answering your questions and discussing possible outcomes of your case
- Communicating with all involved parties on your behalf
- Coordinating your case in compliance with New York law
- Managing the legal deadlines and paperwork in your case
- Hiring accident reconstruction and medical experts to testify in your defense
- Gathering evidence of the extent of your damages
- Negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking your case to trial if they are unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer
To learn more about these services, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. We offer a free consultation to New York car accident victims.
Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
The following damages may be available to New York car accident victims in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Costs of all medical care and treatment
- Estimated future costs of all medical care
- Lost wages for time you were unable to work during recovery
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries force you to change jobs
- Pain and suffering
- And more
We may be able to discuss what specific compensation could be available in your case when you call Morelli Law Firm for a free consultation.
Call Morelli Law Firm Today
A New York whiplash accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
If you are considering legal actions for your injuries, keep in mind that per New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, most personal injury lawsuits in New York have a three-year statute of limitations.
Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to learn more about our services. We work on a contingency-fee basis where we only collect attorney’s fees if and when you win a settlement or court award.