– by Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez
Tampa Bay Area Personal Injury Lawyer
The Tampa Personal Injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Fernandez & Hernandez know what to do to help you and your family following any kind of accident or if you have whiplash.
Whiplash occurs in auto accident when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through lightning-quick motions and extreme stresses. Most cases of whiplash are caused by car accidents where the person has been rear-ended.
The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain, which can range anywhere from mild to pins-and-needles tingling to excruciating, and headaches. Other symptoms can include neck stiffness or reduced range of motion, neck instability, shoulder and/or upper back pain, and/or headaches. There could also be tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates into the shoulder and/or down the arm.
Whiplash symptoms can be numerous, complicated, long-lasting, and hard to diagnose, which is why they are commonly known as whiplash-associated disorders.
The process of a whiplash injury sustained in a car accident can vary depending on many factors, including the angle of the collision. Usually the collision happens from behind, resulting in a whiplash injury that can be considered to occur in five general phases:
- A car gets hit from behind, which causes the seat to push against the back. The spine then gets loaded with forces that compress the cervical spine upward against the head.
- The torso (in contact with the seat) continues to accelerate forward but the head does not. As a result, the cervical spine’s natural C-shape temporarily becomes an unnatural S-shape. The abnormal compression and shearing forces can potentially damage intervertebral discs, facet joints, and other neck structures.
- A Person’s head slams backward into the accelerating seat. Soft tissues at the front of the neck are likely to be injured here as the neck rapidly extends backward.
- The head bounces off the seat and now accelerates forward.
- The seatbelt restrains the body and the neck rapidly flexes as the head whips forward. Soft tissues at the back of the neck are likely to be injured here.
Whiplash symptoms may present at the time of the whiplash injury, or there could be a delay of up to 24 hours before they appear.
Anyone who experiences physical symptoms after a motor vehicle accident is advised to see a doctor for a checkup. Delaying treatment can reduce its effectiveness in some cases.
The Personal Injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Fernandez & Hernandez know what to do to help you and your family following a whiplash injury. We will not hesitate to bring your case to a trial by jury if necessary. And we will appeal your case to the highest court if necessary.
No two whiplash injuries are identical. The personal injury attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez have the skills necessary to discover the facts and apply the relevant law to the facts.
At Fernandez & Hernandez, we understand that being seriously injured or suffering the sudden loss of a loved one is a traumatic and life changing event. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident in the Tampa Bay area contact a personal injury lawyer at Fernandez & Hernandez to schedule a free consultation.
Tampa Attorney Martin J. Hernandez
Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Martin Hernandez PA are bilingual as well. Just call us at 813.755.9500 for your free consultation.
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If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.
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