When Your Whiplash Injury Claim is Delayed

Soft tissue injuries appear in many car accidents on Florida roads. They are injuries and trauma to skin, muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the body. One of the most common types of soft tissue injury is whiplash, which you may have heard of. Whiplash most commonly comes from motor vehicle accidents and can be minor or severe in nature.

The truth is, it might seem hard to believe that you could live your life after an accident without knowing that you have a whiplash injury. Whiplash injury symptoms might actually start to appear after a significant amount of time has passed after a serious accident. When these delayed symptoms start to show up, you might wonder if you will still be eligible for the compensation you deserve.

What Should I Know About Whiplash Injuries?

Whiplash injuries can be incredibly serious and take place when a person’s head jerks forward and back suddenly after a forceful car accident. This can cause severe pain in the affected area and have a huge impact on a person’s life. There are many factors that play a role in how serious one of these injuries can be including the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, the physical size of the person who was injured, and many other aspects. Even in the most minor car accident, one of these injuries could occur.

When Whiplash Injuries Are Delayed 

Whiplash pain might be delayed in some cases, with symptoms showing up long after the accident. This is mostly due to the fact that, after an accident, adrenaline starts to rush and might mask the pain that you are feeling. When this adrenaline starts to level out, a victim might then notice that they have been injured in an accident. Delayed injury symptoms are the same as whiplash injury symptoms that show up right away. These include some of the following:

  • Pain and stiffness in the upper and lower back
  • Numbness or weakness in arms and legs
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Feeling dizzy or having blurred vision
  • Problems sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling irritable

Claiming Compensation After a Delayed Injury 

If you wish to bring an injury claim, you have four years from the time of your first symptoms under Florida’s statute of limitations. If you do not bring your accident claim within that area of time, you could be barred from compensating for your injuries. Having an attorney on your side can ensure that you meet the demands of the legal system and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Some of the aspects that you may be eligible for include lost wages, medical bills, and more.

Being harmed in a Florida car accident might be one of the most challenging things that you have ever faced. Many people wonder how they will obtain justice and maximum compensation for their losses. If you can show that another person has acted negligently, you may be able to recover. Our skilled attorneys at Sheftall & Associates have diligently assisted numerous victims on their path toward compensation. You do not have to suffer at this time. Please contact our skilled law firm at (904) 638-7712 for more information on your options moving forward.


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