California Whiplash Attorney

Los Angeles Whiplash Lawyer

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Whiplash is caused when the neck is forcefully jerked forward and backward. It is common in car accidents, specifically rear-end collisions. Because of the large volume of traffic in Southern California, whiplash injuries are relatively common. However, they can be severe and require an extended period to heal, especially if the neck muscles and ligaments are stretched or torn. This can lead to chronic pain and severe limitation of movement.  

Whiplash injuries can be challenging to prove. You need a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. At Ellis Law, our attorneys are experienced in handling whiplash injury compensation claims. If you are experiencing severe pain in your neck or upper back after a car crash, dealing with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional issues, we can help. We have offices throughout Southern California. If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of another party and have been diagnosed with whiplash, call us to schedule a free consultation.  

How a Whiplash Injury Lawyer Can Help You  

Our legal team will review and analyze crucial evidence related to your case, including police reports, medical records, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene or vehicle damage, and CCTV or dashcam footage. We can build a strong argument in support of your claim for damages due to whiplash injuries caused by another party’s negligence. 

In addition, we handle all communications with insurance companies and the defendant’s lawyers. We negotiate with these parties to ensure you receive a fair and reasonable amount to cover your damages. However, if the insurance company continues to offer lowball settlements, we will take your case to court.  

What Causes Whiplash Injuries in California?  

As noted above, whiplash injuries are common in rear-end collisions but can also arise from the following: 

  • Sports injuries 
  • Falls 
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Amusement park rides 

Common Symptoms of A Whiplash Injury 

  • Neck pain and stiffness, which can range from mild to extreme 
  • Headaches occurring at the base of the skull 
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulders, upper back, or arms 
  • Dizziness and fatigue 
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Difficulty sleeping due to neck pain or headaches

Even if you feel fine, it is essential to seek medical attention, as whiplash may have delayed onset symptoms. Adrenaline floods the body after an accident and can mask pain. If you are diagnosed with a whiplash injury, consult with our team of California injury lawyers at Ellis Law.  

Statute of Limitations in California 

In Los Angeles, personal injury claims generally must be filed within two years from the date of the accident or injury. If you fail to do this, your case could be barred, and you will not be able to seek compensation. However, there are exceptions, so it is always best to speak with your attorney.  

California is a Pure Comparative Negligence Jurisdiction 

California is also a pure comparative negligence jurisdiction. That means even if you are found partially responsible for an accident, you can still recover compensation. However, the percentage of your fault will reduce your overall monetary award. For example, if you are deemed 30 percent at fault, you can still recover 70 percent of that award for your damages and losses. 

How Much is My Case Worth?  

It is always wise to consult with a Los Angeles Whiplash Injury Lawyer to assess your damages, which will determine what your case is worth. If successful, you may recover the following economic damages: 

  • Medical expenses are usually calculated by totaling all bills and invoices for your treatment, including doctor’s visits, therapy, medication, surgeries, mobility assistance devices, and living space modifications needed to facilitate the victim’s limitations due to injuries.  
  • Lost wages are calculated by totaling the time off work. For example, a person receiving $400 per day in wages who lost six weeks of work to recuperate could recover $12,000 in lost wages. 
  • Benefits: If, for example, the victim used vacation, personal, or sick days while recuperating, they can also be compensated for that.

Pain and suffering or non-economic damages are soft costs not readily verifiable with invoices or bills, which can be recovered in a personal injury claim.  

Non-economic damages can include the following:  

  • Pain and suffering caused by the injury. 
  • The impact of the accident on the victim, including losses resulting from an inability to enjoy activities they had previously participated in, such as racquetball or cycling. 
  • Psychological trauma or the lingering effects of trauma resulting from the accident. 
  • The effects of permanent scarring can include payments for disfigurement or disabilities. 

Finally, pain and suffering damages can also include the impairment of your relationships with your spouse, family, and friends due to your injuries. 

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Los Angeles Whiplash injury Lawyer     

You need an experienced advocate on your side when pursuing compensation for whiplash-related injuries. Ellis Law has decades of experience representing injured Californians and fights tirelessly to ensure they receive the maximum compensation available under the law for their mental, physical, emotional, and financial losses. We treat every client with respect and provide unparalleled personal attention. We proudly serve the communities of Los Angeles, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Oakland, El Segundo, Long Beach, Oxnard, Irvine, and others.  

Schedule a free compensation for your whiplash injury. We’re happy to answer your questions and assess your case. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.