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Fort Lauderdale Head and Neck Injury Lawyers

Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Dedicated to Recovering Fair Compensation for Clients Suffering from Head and Neck Injuries

Head and neck injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways in South Florida. They are commonly sustained in motor vehicle accidentsslip and fall accidents, and even in the workplace. Many head and neck injuries also involve injury to the soft tissue of the neck and can impact the victim differently in every case.

Unfortunately, head and neck injuries are often not taken as seriously as other types of injuries. However, the trauma and ongoing treatment requirements associated with head and neck injuries can be as severe, challenging and expensive as other types of significant injuries.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we have dedicated our careers to helping accident victims recover for their injuries. Whether it’s a head and neck injury in Palm Beach County or somewhere else in South Florida, we know what it takes to recover full compensation for our clients.

Types of Head and Neck Injuries Common in Florida Accidents

Head and neck injuries cover a relatively wide range of injuries that you may have sustained in an accident. Some common types of head and neck injuries may include:

  • Concussions.  Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries require immediate medical attention and follow-up care in all cases. Not getting the proper care in a timely fashion can lead to more serious cognitive problems later on.
  • Eye injuries.  Injuries to the eyes can range from temporary to permanent depending upon the severity of the accident.
  • Dental injuries.  Damaged or missing teeth after an accident can require extensive, painful and expensive dental care.
  • Whiplash.  Whiplash injuries involve damage to the soft tissue in the neck. They commonly result after a car or motor vehicle accident “whips” the injured party’s neck vigorously in a back and forth motion.
  • Pinched nerves.  Pinched nerves in the neck can be extremely painful and can cause numbness or tingling sensations in the limbs.
  • Repetitive stress injuries.  Repetitive stress injuries are most commonly sustained in the workplace and usually result from repeatedly making the same motions or actions over time.
  • Facial lacerations.  Severe facial lacerations can not only be painful but can also require future reconstructive surgeries to correct.  In many cases, serious facial lacerations can result in ongoing disfigurement.

Holding Negligent Parties Financially Accountable for Head and Neck Injuries 

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our experienced personal injury lawyers believe that when a negligent third party has caused your injuries, they should be held financially accountable. Unfortunately, this is often far easier said than done. We will fight to recover compensation for:

  • Emergency room costs
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Reconstructive or corrective surgeries
  • Lost current and future wages
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

Sometimes, insurance coverage is available to cover the costs of your head and neck injuries. But often, insurance companies will fight aggressively to avoid paying you what you deserve. If this happens to you, having a personal injury lawyer can help you get the insurance benefits you are entitled to.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a common type of head injury that may be suffered in a variety of different accidents, including car accidents, sporting accidents, swimming pool accidents, and construction accidents.  They are the result of a significant impact to the head.

The category “TBI” encompasses a wide variety of head injuries, ranging from the minor concussion to the penetrating brain injury. This occurs when an object actually penetrates the skull and injures the brain tissue. Symptoms of a minor TBI can include:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness (for less than a few minutes)
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Sensory sensitivity, such as to loud noises or bright lights
  • Balance issues
  • Difficulty talking
  • Blurred vision
  • Funny taste
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Depression and/or anxiety

Symptoms of a serious TBI can include any of the symptoms of a minor TBI, but also:

  • Clear fluid coming from the ears or nose
  • Unconsciousness lasting more than a few minutes
  • Poor coordination
  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Significant confusion
  • Aggressive behavior or significant change in personality
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Coma

Based on these symptoms, it’s easy to see how a TBI can be a serious and life-changing injury. Obtaining recovery for a TBI can take additional steps to obtain necessary compensation. For example, it may require special witnesses to testify as to the severity of the injuries and explain how they may be long-term or last a lifetime. 

Getting Medical Help for Your Head and Neck Injury as Soon as Possible

Neck and head injuries can sometimes take time to present after you have been in an accident. Therefore, it is critical that you get a full physical examination as soon as possible to prevent the injury from becoming worse.  

Worsening symptoms can include shooting pain, headaches, dizziness, pain in the limbs and more. These symptoms can intrude upon your daily life and make it difficult to sleep, work and enjoy your normal daily activities.  

But more importantly, waiting to get treatment can make it harder to get compensation later. For instance, if you wait to get treatment, the insurance company or at-fault party may try to argue that the head and neck injuries weren’t severe. If they were, you would have gone to a doctor sooner.

Alternatively, they can argue that some intervening event occurred to worsen or even cause your condition. This could potentially reduce or eliminate your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries sustained in the accident. 

None of this to say that waiting to see a doctor will always prevent any chance at obtaining compensation. But it can present greater challenges later on should you choose to take legal action or file an insurance claim.

Do You Have a Head or Neck Injury from a Florida Car Accident?

The number and severity of head and neck injuries can be drastically reduced if people simply paid more attention to what they are doing. But until people start being more careful, there will be the unfortunate need for experienced head and injuries attorneys, such as those found at Lawlor, White & Murphey.

If you have sustained head or neck injuries in an accident in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, call or contact us today. From there, we can explore all available options for getting you the compensation you need to move forward.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases Involving Head and Neck Injuries

FAQ: What is a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries are a common type of head injury that may be suffered in a variety of different accidents, including car accidents, sporting accidents, swimming pool accidents, and construction accidents. The category “traumatic brain injury” encompasses a wide variety of head injuries, ranging from the minor concussion to the penetrating brain injury (where an object actually penetrates the skull to injure the brain tissue). Traumatic brain injuries often carry significant long-term side effects, including dizziness, seizures, cognitive impairment, vision problems, slurred speech, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue and more. Symptoms vary from person to person, but it is always important to consult a doctor immediately if you have suffered a head injury in an accident.

FAQ: I was just involved in an accident, and I have pain in my neck—but it doesn’t seem severe. Should I see a doctor?

Yes, absolutely. Neck injuries can often take time to manifest themselves after you have been in an accident, and it is critical that you get a full physical examination after the accident to prevent the injury from becoming worse. Worsening symptoms can include shooting pain, headaches, dizziness, pain in the limbs and more. These symptoms can intrude upon your daily life and make it difficult to sleep, work and enjoy the activities that you previously enjoyed. Unfortunately, if you wait to get treatment, the insurance companies may be able to argue that some intervening event occurred to worsen your condition—potentially reducing the insurance company’s financial responsibility for the injury that occurred in your accident.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


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John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!


John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

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I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.


I summarize my experience with Anthony with the words honesty, professionalism, efficiency and care. Thank you so much.

Jaime H.

This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.


Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.


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