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Helping FL drivers recover compensation after a car wreck

While vintage car enthusiasts lament that cars aren’t made like yesteryear, there are some safety features in newer cars that are difficult to argue against. One of them is the safety restraints that help drivers and both frontseat and backseat passengers avoid or minimize the impact of whiplash.

According to the Whiplash Prevention Campaign, in 1995, approximately 3 percent of measured head restraints had suitable geometric ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2005, that number skyrocketed to 51 percent.

More than 2 million Americans experience some form of whiplash on an annual basis, and automobile injuries are the leading cause. Called “whip”lash because of the similarities of an actual cracking whip, whiplash happens when the neck rapidly moves in a back-and-forth position. When the neck is jerked either direction (forward or backward), this can cause injuries such as muscle and tendon tears. This painful injury often begins weeks or months after an accident, making it imperative for drivers to contact a car wreck attorney in Melbourne or Titusville as soon as possible after the crash.

What are the symptoms?

While whiplash is usually related to the neck, other bodily injuries may come into play. According to Mayo Clinic, other symptoms include:

  • Ears: tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing or roaring sounds only heard by the person suffering from whiplash
  • Eyes: blurred vision
  • Head: severe headaches, usually at the skull base
  • Arms: numbness; tenderness (usually upper arms); tingling; pain (usually upper arms)
  • Neck: limited motion range; pain; stiffness
  • Shoulders: pain; tenderness

Psychological effects

Whiplash doesn’t just affect a car accident victim physically. There are mental consequences, too, including:

  • decrease in sleep
  • depression
  • distracted easily
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • memory loss

Because whiplash from sports injuries can also cause concussions, excessive sleepiness or falling unconscious should be treated immediately, too. After a major injury, do not assume that the injured can easily shake it off.


Whiplash can happen immediately or take hours to days to kick in. While it usually goes away on its own with proper treatment, diagnosing whiplash is the first step. CT scans or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine are used to check for soft tissue injuries, such as discs, ligaments and muscles.

Unfortunately, “weakness” is not something that can be classified on these machines and is usually judged by the injured’s verbal and physical behavior before, during and after the tests. Standard X-ray machines are also not sufficient at diagnosing whiplash. However, X-ray machines may be suitable for narrowing down arthritis, dislocations and fractures to identify the difference between whiplash and symptoms from these three factors.


Yoga is one of many ways that gentle exercises can improve the injuries associated with whiplash. Other methods of treatment include:

  • heat
  • ice
  • massages
  • medication (anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid pain relievers)
  • pain relief medication
  • physical therapy
  • strength training
  • ultrasound

Surgery for neck pain is rare, unless there is damage to a nerve or the spinal cord.

Whiplash is a stubborn injury that could come back without notice. Be sure to discuss all of your symptoms with a Melbourne or Titusville whiplash lawyer to ensure that your case considers and includes all of your pain and suffering.

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Personal Injury FAQs

At Couture Law P.A. in Melbourne, you won’t pay a penny unless our personal injury lawyers prevail at trial, or procure a settlement on your behalf. This arrangement is commonly referred to as payment “on a contingency basis.” Suffice to say, we’ll help you fight for every dollar for your pain and suffering.

The period of time from the date of the accident until you no longer can file a claim is known as the “statute of limitations.” In Florida, the amount of time in which statutes expire varies by case type. The statute of limitations for most injury cases is four (4) years. For medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, it’s two (2) years. Always err on the side of caution by consulting with your Melbourne personal injury attorney.

Because no two cases are alike, Melbourne injury attorneys should gather and analyze all of the facts regarding your case before addressing this question. After tracking down and speaking with witnesses, we’ll give you a fair, honest assessment of your unique situation – and how we can help.

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