Santa Barbara Neck Injury Lawyer
Neck Injuries, Including Trauma and Whiplash
The neck is a vulnerable part of the body and is often injured when a person is involved in an accident. Neck injury, or trauma, can result in a neck sprain or strain, usually referred to as whiplash. More serious injuries to the neck include a herniated or bulging disc, or cervical spine problems.
NordstrandBlack PC has successfully helped Santa Barbara neck injury victims recover monetary damages for their injuries. We provide a no cost consultation to evaluate your potential claim and assist you in getting appropriate care to resolve your injuries and claims.
If you were involved in a fall or accident and suffered a neck injury, you may be experiencing symptoms including:
- Neck pain
- Tingling and numbness in your shoulders, arms or hands
- Reduced range of motion in your neck
- Weakness and slower reflexes in your arms and hands
- Muscle spasms in your neck
- Difficulty concentrating
Commonly Asked Questions About Neck Injuries
What types of accidents cause neck injuries?
Injuries or trauma to the neck can be caused by many different types of accidents. The most common accidents include:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Tractor-trailer/big rig/semi truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Home accidents including pool/spa, trampoline
- Accidents involving defective products
- Sports accidents
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is usually caused by an accident that causes an abrupt forward and backward movement of your head as most commonly happens in rear end car accidents. Whiplash can cause damage to the soft tissues in your neck, including muscles, ligaments, and nerves. In most cases, whiplash cannot be seen on standard X-rays. Specialized imaging tests, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be required to diagnose damage to the discs, muscles and ligaments that could be causing whiplash symptoms.
What compensation can I receive for my injuries?
Under the law, you are entitled to recover money for your injuries and losses. There are two categories of losses or damages available in California: economic damages and noneconomic damages.
- Economic Damages are those damages that are quantifiable financial losses, such as lost wages and earnings, medical expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenditures.
- Non-Economic Damages are often referred to as pain and suffering. Pain and suffering includes past and future physical pain, mental suffering, and emotional distress. Noneconomic damages are difficult to determine because there is no formula to calculate this loss, which is subjective.
Each person’s damages are different. An experienced Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer knows how to present these losses to an insurance company and a jury to maximize your recovery.
How much will your office charge for representing me?
NordstrandBlack PC offers a free consultation and represents personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. This means there is no fee if there is no recovery.
How long will it take for my case to resolve?
If you suffer injuries in an accident due to the fault of another, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. The longer the lapse in treatment the more opportunity the insurance adjuster and defense lawyer have to argue that you were not injured enough to warrant much monetary compensation. After seeking medical attention, it is important to contact NordstrandBlack PC to determine if you have a viable claim.
When a client reaches a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI), which occurs when the client’s medical treatment has ended or the client’s condition has gotten as good as it’s going to get, we will send a demand letter to the responsible party’s insurance carrier and attempt to settle the case. If the opposing sides are not able to resolve the claim, the parties can agree to mediation or arbitration or the injured party can file a lawsuit. Many of our cases settle before a lawsuit is filed. If a lawsuit is filed it generally takes about a year from the date of filing to get a trial date, however it could take up to two years before the case gets to trial.
Who will pay for my medical bills?
When you are injured in an accident due to the fault of another, not only do you have to make sure you are receiving appropriate medical care for your injuries, but you are also responsible for paying your medical bills. These bills can be paid by your health insurance or car insurance if you have medical payments coverage. Oftentimes clients do not have money to pay outstanding medical bills. Nonpayment of medical bills may affect your credit; NordstrandBlack PC is often able to help our clients receive medical treatment on a lien basis, which means that payment does not need to be made until your case is settled.
What happens if the at-fault party has no insurance or not enough insurance to cover my claims?
The person at fault for causing the accident is liable for the damages they caused. In some cases, the at-fault party is not insured or does not have enough insurance to cover all damages. In these instances, NordstrandBlack PC will investigate all possible sources of insurance coverage, including homeowners, personal and auto insurance, as well as determine the personal assets of the responsible party.
If the not at fault party has uninsured motorist /under-insured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on their own automobile policy, the not at fault party makes a claim under the UM/UIM portion of their insurance policy, which steps in to cover the victims losses up to the policy limit. Your own insurance company has a duty to act in good faith to resolve your claim as opposed to another person’s insurance company, which has no such duty to you.
If the at-fault party does not carry enough insurance to compensate you for your damages and you do not have UIM coverage on your own auto policy or enough coverage to compensate you for your losses, NordstrandBlack PC will investigate to determine if the at-fault party has assets of value, i.e. real property, savings accounts, or other investments. Since the at-fault party is ultimately liable for all damages they cause, our law firm will investigate all possible revenue sources and go after those funds to insure our client is fully compensated for their damages.
We care about our clients and have the experience to help you and your loved ones.
The attorneys at NordstrandBlack PC have over 75 years of practice. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to our clients. We know the law. We know how insurance companies work and we vigorously advocate for our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered a neck injury due to the fault of another, you can get help. Call our offices today for your free consultation at (805) 962-2022.