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Whiplash is something commonly associated with car accidents, though as a category of related injuries from one incident it can actually be caused by many other things. Though whiplash is also frequently associated with accidents that can be attributed to the negligence of others, it is also an injury difficult to prove in personal injury court. This is because of the symptoms of whiplash, like pain and stiffness, are subjective and rarely corroborated by visual evidence such as an X-ray. An experienced personal injury attorney in Brevard County, however, will know what it takes to build a strong strategy and fight for maximum damages in your Melbourne area whiplash case.

Brevard County Whiplash Personal Injury Attorney

James Coulter, the experienced personal injury attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter in Melbourne founded their practice on a passion for personal injury stemming from a personal experience with injury law as a victim. If you have suffered whiplash due to accident of another in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Islands, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, or the surrounding cities, contact The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. They will fight for you to recover maximum damages in your case using both their personal and legal experience. For your free consultation on what The Law Offices of James B. Coulter can do for you, call (321) 586-9944 today.


Causes of Whiplash in Brevard County

Whiplash is a series of injuries related to the abrupt motion of the neck in one direction and then the other. Most commonly, whiplash is caused by a sudden hyperflexion of the neck backward followed by the reactive hyperextension of the neck forwards – though it can happen in any direction. The resulting strain on the nerves, tissues, and vertebrae are what cause the symptoms of whiplash. The brain is often involved as well, making contact with at least one point of the skull in the initial impact, the second point of contact may occur in the other direction if the force is strong enough. Whiplash occurs any time the hyperflexion-hyperextension movement occurs but is commonly caused by:

  • Repetitive use or repetitive stress
  • Headbanging
  • Falling objects
  • Slip and falls or trip and falls
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Sporting accidents
  • Thrill-seeking activities, like roller coasters and bungee jumping
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents – especially rear-end collisions
  • Assault
  • Child abuse – especially baby shaking or child shaking

Age can make a person more susceptible to whiplash and result in longer recovery times. Many occurrences of whiplash happen due to another person's negligence, such as in a car accident or case of assault. If that is the case, an experienced Melbourne personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve for the damages your whiplash injuries caused.


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Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash is the common nickname for cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (CAD), also known as flexion-extension injury, and is therefore actually a categorical name for the related neck and shoulder injuries that occur more than an injury in and of itself. Since the combination of injuries can vary, so can the symptoms. Some of the symptoms commonly used to diagnose whiplash include:

  • Dull or stabbing neck pain
  • Dull or stabbing shoulder pain
  • Dull or stabbing back pain
  • General achiness in the back, shoulder, and neck area
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and/or blurred vision
  • Sensory disturbance (pins and needles)
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory issues
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Irritability and/or depression

If there is a more severe associated injury such as a tissue or nerve damage, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or spinal cord injury (SCI), there could be more severe symptoms such as loss of feeling or severe, stabbing pain. No matter what your whiplash symptoms are, seek immediate medical treatment to rule out more severe, possibly debilitating injuries. Additionally, if you suffered whiplash due to another person's negligence, consider seeking the counsel of an experienced Brevard County personal injury attorney to recover the damages incurred by your whiplash injury.


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Recoverable Damages for Whiplash in Florida

With stiffness and soreness as the primary symptoms, whiplash may seem like a minor injury that wouldn't incur many damages. However, the tissues in your neck, back, and shoulders are usually instrumental to everyday life, and the overstretching of these tissues can take weeks, or even months, to heal. This can leave a person at least partially disabled for a long period of time, which can have significant financial repercussions.

This is especially true if any of the whiplash injuries you suffered are severe, like a herniated disk or fractured vertebra. A dedicated personal injury attorney can fight for the following damages incurred by your Brevard County whiplash injury:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Medical treatment for injuries sustained
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced capacity to work
  • Pain and suffering

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The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Personal Injury Attorney for Whiplash in Melbourne

If you have suffered whiplash due to the negligent actions of another in Brevard County or the surrounding areas in Orange County, Seminole County, Indian River County, or Osceola County, contact the compassionate and experienced personal injury attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter today. We will fight to obtain maximum damages in your Melbourne-area whiplash case – even if that means going up a large insurance company. Your first consultation is free, so call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule yours or complete our online form.

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