A motorist rear-ended you, causing damage to your car and worse, your neck. You have been diagnosed with whiplash.

Now you are faced with paying for a banged-up automobile, as well as your medical expenses for an injury that has kept you from being able to work. The damages you have experienced, although frustrating, are recoverable.

Zanes Law’s whiplash lawyers in Phoenix, AZ will do everything from A to Z to see that you are compensated. Call us today at 602-999-9999.

Understanding Whiplash

A whiplash injury results from a powerful, sudden back-and-forth motion of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip, which is where the injury gets its name. Sometimes the injury is referred to as neck strain or neck sprain, both of which encompass another form of injuries to the neck.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Typically, whiplash symptoms manifest within 24 hours of the trauma that caused the injury. Common signs include the following:

  • Stiff neck
  • Pain in the neck
  • Diminished ability to move neck in a full range
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain or tenderness
  • Pain in arms or upper back
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in arms
  • Increased pain upon moving neck
  • Memory difficulty
  • Problems concentrating
  • Blurry vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

Common Causes of Whiplash

Any impact that suddenly and forcefully sends your head backward then forward can cause whiplash. The motion combined with the power behind it can tear and stretch neck tendons and muscles and lead to injuries to ligaments, nerves, muscles, spinal disks, and the spine.

The most common causes of this type of injury are:

  • Car accidents – particularly rear-end collisions
  • Contact sports – collisions from football tackles, for example
  • Physical assault/abuse – such as being shaken or punched

The whiplash lawyers in Phoenix, AZ at Zanes Law will review your case with you and your doctors to determine the extent of your injuries and the related costs of treating them.

What to Do if You Suspect You Have Whiplash

Any time you are involved in an incident—a car accident, assault, or contact sport, for example—that whips your head back and forth in a forceful manner, you should seek medical attention immediately.

It is possible you will not feel your whiplash pain, or at least not intense pain, immediately. It can take 24 hours to take effect, and sometimes the pain is masked by the adrenaline your body pumps after such a traumatic episode.

You could have injuries of which you are not aware, including whiplash, which can worsen if left unattended.

Beyond getting help for your injuries so they can start mending, your visit to a doctor can help you with matters down the road if you have to miss work or if you choose to take legal action against the party who caused your whiplash.

A doctor will be able to provide documentation of your visit, your symptoms, and a diagnosis that will link your injury or injuries to the traumatic event that caused it.

Determining Fault and Liability for Your Whiplash

Whether your whiplash resulted from a rear-end collision or other type of automobile accident, physical abuse, or some other incident, we will help you identify the at-fault party and establish his or her liability for the damages resulting from your injury.

Personal injury law takes a formulaic approach to determine fault and liability. The formula links the at-fault party by asking:

  1. Whether someone had a duty to take reasonable care to keep you from harm
  2. Whether that party breached this duty of care by acting or failing to act in a particular manner
  3. Whether this breach caused an accident that resulted in your whiplash
  4. Whether you have been harmed as a result of the accident

By tying the above elements to an individual or party, we will establish negligence, which will serve as the core in our legal action.

What You Can Expect From a Whiplash Lawyer in Phoenix

There’s not much we can do to fix your whiplash, but the legal team at Zanes Law can do everything from A to Z to see that you are at least compensated for your damages.

Toward this end, you can count on us to do the following:

  • Gather evidence
  • Document the scene of the accident, if relevant
  • Collect medical records
  • Obtain police reports, if appropriate
  • Get expert opinions from medical professionals, economists, occupational therapists to support your damage claims
  • Collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists to get a complete picture of the events that led to your whiplash injury
  • Negotiate with the insurer of the negligent party to arrive at a fair settlement for your damages
  • File a lawsuit if the insurer does not cooperate with our demands
  • Represent you in civil court
  • Litigate your case on your behalf

Recoverable Damages for Your Whiplash

We will work to have you compensated as you deserve to be for all the various financial, professional, and emotional damage you have suffered as a result of your whiplash.

Some of the damages we might seek to recover include:

  • Ambulance or helicopter to a hospital
  • Hospitalization
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Medical expenses
  • Prescription drugs
  • Lost wages
  • Replacement services
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished future potential earnings
  • Pain and suffering

Call us to learn more about the potentially recoverable damages in your case.

Zanes Law Will Help Bring You With Your Whiplash Case

With the pain of your whiplash, this is not the time for you to be stressing over car repairs and doctor bills. Now is the time for you to rest and recover. Leave the heavy lifting of getting you compensated for your whiplash injury to a whiplash lawyer in Phoenix, AZ.

We will do everything from A to Z to bring you relief. Call our firm today for a free consultation. 602-999-9999.

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