Prior to sustaining whiplash in a St. Petersburg accident, you have likely heard of the injury but never knew the possible extent of the associated pain, long-term damage, and expenses. Injury victims may experience whiplash in an accident that involves the sudden jerking of the head back and forth. While the action is immediate, there are typically no visible injuries, and sometimes symptoms may not appear until later on. This is why whiplash injuries may be difficult to recognize, diagnose, and treat.
Since the effects of whiplash are greatly misunderstood, many accident victims and insurance companies minimize its impact on one’s ability to live a life free of pain. You cannot afford to overlook such a complex injury. To obtain the funds needed to pay for your recovery, lost income, and pain and suffering, work closely with the experienced personal injury team at Marsalisi Law. Founder Attorney Frank P. Marsalisi is a longstanding member of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and has the highest Avvo rating of 10.0. Rest assured, we will recover the compensation that is rightfully yours.
How Does Whiplash Happen?
Whiplash and car collisions usually go hand in hand. Whiplash is especially common in rear-end collisions where a vehicle forcefully slams into the back of another car, causing the occupants of the front vehicle to jolt backward, forwards, and sharply back again. However, whiplash can arise in any instance where your head or neck is whipped off-center or in different directions. Whiplash can also result from slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian or bike collisions, physical abuse, and contact sports activities.
When your neck and head extend beyond the normal range of motion, it results in the tearing or breakage of muscles and ligaments. Depending on major contributing factors, like speed, body position, health, and environmental conditions, the rapid movement may strain your neck, cause dislocation, or even injuries to the discs in your neck and back. In high-speed car accidents or incidents where the head is violently struck, always assess yourself for other underlying injuries, such as a concussion.
Identifying Whiplash after an Accident in St. Petersburg
Everyone experiences whiplash differently. Usually, you can anticipate feeling pain or noticing symptoms within 24–48 hours after the incident. However, it is possible that you may not feel anything for days or even weeks afterward. No matter how long it takes for your injuries to appear, they typically last for several weeks, months, and even years if the whiplash injury damages the discs between the vertebrae in your spine. If left untreated, whiplash may slowly weaken your neck and extend pain to surrounding muscle groups or structures that become overused to support your body.
The symptoms of whiplash can be challenging to detect because you may feel completely fine at first. Here are some of the signs you should pay close attention to when monitoring for whiplash:
- Stiff neck;
- Muscle spasming;
- Sharp neck pain;
- Headaches or migraines;
- Memory or concentration issues;
- Vision problems;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Trouble sleeping; and
- Pain in the head, neck, shoulders, or back.
Regardless of whether you show signs of whiplash, see a doctor right away and follow up with your doctor if you notice continued or worsening symptoms. Then, reach out to Attorney Frank P. Marsalisi of Marsalisi Law for help evaluating your injuries, protecting your rights, and filing your claim on time.
Recoverable Damages in a St. Petersburg Whiplash Injury Claim
Marsalisi Law will review the facts surrounding your case, including your injury diagnosis and future expectations, to pursue all the monetary benefits you deserve. By identifying the liable party or parties and sifting through the evidence, Attorney Frank P. Marsalisi has helped St. Petersburg victims and their families recover the following:
- Medical and emergency care costs;
- Future medical and rehabilitation costs;
- Personal or residential medical assistive devices;
- Lost wages if you were unable to work after the accident;
- Future loss of wages if your earning capacity is hindered;
- Property damages;
- Mental anguish;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Funeral expenses.
By working with you one-on-one, Frank P. Marsalisi gets to the core of your story—not just what happened in your accident but rather how it has changed your life. It is not just about the negligence or wrongdoing of another. It is about the loss of freedom, the loss of your ability to work, and the pain you have endured.
Choose Marsalisi Law for Whiplash Representation Today
Whiplash is a potentially debilitating injury that can lead to chronic pain, discomfort, and significant economic losses, regardless of the severity of the original incident. If the negligence of another caused you to suffer whiplash in a St. Petersburg accident, you should reach out to Marsalisi Law for help navigating your claim and obtaining the full and fair compensation you deserve.
At Marsalisi Law, Frank P. Marsalisi believes that everyone has the right to expect safety on the roads, in businesses, and on private properties. Our firm takes responsive, aggressive, and strategic action on your case to ensure your rights are best protected. Get in touch about your whiplash case today by calling (727) 800-5052 or completing an online contact form for a free initial consultation.
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Frank was referred to me by a former client of his after my accident with nothing but great reviews, both professionally and personally. From day one there was a level of comfortability and trust built based on what would be in my best interest moving forward. Never once did Frank make my case about what was in it for him but about healing my injuries in order to move on as normal as possible with my life.
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Frank has exceptional auto accident liability law abilities and he is also very well-versed in state auto insurance laws. One of the things I like about Frank is that he never tried to sugar coat anything for me. If we were headed for trouble, he would let me know what the trouble was and what our options were. I always appreciated his honesty. This is trait that I do not find in many of today’s lawyers but Frank has performed integrity well beyond his means.
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