Whiplash Caused by Car Accidents

head and neck injuries

Whiplash is an injury that often sneaks up on people after accidents, with symptoms worsening over time. This injury can be extremely painful, greatly limiting a person’s range of motion in the neck, and it can take a very long time to recover from. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during a car accident, and crashes do not have to occur at very high speeds for a person to suffer from it.

Insurance companies often try to downplay this injury to reduce the amount of compensation they pay to accident victims. A Texas car accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian can take on the insurance companies on your behalf and demand the full compensation you need to recover.

Schedule your free consultation now to learn how our law firm can help you get on the road to recovery after a car accident.

What Causes Whiplash in Car Accidents?

Rear-end collisions are most likely to cause whiplash. This is because when a driver is hit from behind, his or her head and neck are very likely to move back and forth in rapid succession while the rest of the body remains still. When a car hits another vehicle from behind, that force is transferred to the seat of the driver who was hit, causing this motion.

This movement causes damage to the joints, discs in the spinal cord, and muscles of the neck.

Although whiplash is most common in rear-end crashes, this injury can result from any type of collision.

Why Is Whiplash So Dangerous?

Many people initially think that whiplash is just a case of a stiff neck. Unfortunately, symptoms can be much worse. Whiplash can cause debilitating pain, and an accident victim will feel that pain every time he or she moves the neck even slightly, making it difficult or impossible to work or perform regular daily tasks.

Due to the fact that whiplash involves many nerves, discs in the neck, and the spinal cord, it can be connected to a number of other injuries. Whiplash victims may also suffer from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. To properly diagnose the extent of a victim’s injuries, a doctor may perform a CT scan, an MRI, an X-ray, or other tests.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

There are a number of symptoms associated with whiplash. A person may experience just a few of these or many of them. These symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain, particularly in the shoulder blades
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm and hand
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, and fatigue
  • Pain in the arms
  • Blurry vision or seeing spots
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Tinnitus
  • Memory issues

A person may also experience symptoms not listed here, particularly if the whiplash results in additional health risks.

What Should I Do for Whiplash After a Car Accident?

The steps you take after a car accident are crucial to any personal injury claim you may make in the future, particularly if you are suffering from an injury such as whiplash. After a crash, it is important to:

  • Get medical treatment immediately: Your health and well-being are most important after an accident. Due to the fact that whiplash can worsen over time if not treated, it is imperative to see a doctor right away. Also, if you do not see a doctor immediately, the other side will likely use this to argue that you could not have been that hurt because you did not seek medical treatment.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders: To make a full recovery, it is essential that you follow all of your doctor’s orders. This means following orders to rest and attending all follow-up appointments.
  • Save all bills and receipts: You will not only have to prove that someone else was at fault for your crash, you will also have to prove the extent of the damages, or injuries and other losses, you sustained. That’s why you need to save all medical bills, receipts of payment, invoices, and other paperwork related to your accident and injuries.
  • Keep a journal of how you are feeling: Start a journal immediately after the accident. Write down what you remember about the crash and how your injuries are affecting you. Write down how your injury limits your range of motion and your ability to perform daily tasks and do the things you enjoy. This can also help prove the extent of your injury.
  • Talk to a lawyer: The other side’s insurance company will likely try to downplay the severity of your whiplash injury. It may even try to argue that you were partly at fault for the accident. Insurance companies do this to minimize the amount of compensation they pay out in claims. A lawyer will fight to hold them accountable for paying the full amount of compensation you need.

Compensation for a Whiplash Injury Due to a Car Accident

There are many different types of compensation, or damages, after a car accident. The goal of a personal injury claim is to take into account all your losses and make you whole again. Damages in a whiplash claim may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Home modifications
  • Domestic services, such as housekeeping
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

These are just a few of the types of compensation that are available through a personal injury claim. After reviewing your case, our attorneys can advise on what types of damages you may be entitled to receive.

Need Legal Help? Contact an Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorney

When you have been hurt in a car accident, it is important to remember that you should not be forced to pay for someone else’s mistake. At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, our Houston car accident lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and demand the full compensation you need to recover.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys.