Whiplash Is a More Serious Injury Than Most Realize
You deserve maximum compensation for your accident
It’s not uncommon for a person who was just in a car accident to feel “fine.”
Your adrenaline is pumping, you are most likely in shock and unable to truly feel the full effect of the massive hit you just sustained. You may be feeling good in the moment, but once this rush fades, plenty of pain may set in.
Not all car accident injuries are obvious immediately after a crash. It often takes days for whiplash, also known as neck pain or strain, to be felt by a crash victim.
Whiplash is a common, and unfairly minimized, outcome of most car accidents that can affect someone for a lifetime. It’s wise to hire an experienced car accident lawyer to help you prove your case. You could be:
- Sitting at a light at Kell Boulevard and Lawrence Road in Wichita Falls
- Crossing the intersection at Gore Boulevard and SW 11th Street in Lawton
- Hit by a distracted semi-truck driver on I-44
In all these situations, traumatic neck injuries are likely to occur.
Whiplash and whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are far more serious than many people understand. About half of all people who suffer from whiplash never fully recover from it. Nearly 30 percent of injured people will remain moderately to severely disabled by the condition.
If you were hurt in a car accident and are suffering from whiplash, it is important that you consult with an attorney right away. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that can be difficult to prove and may not become obvious until days or even weeks after a crash.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is defined as the sudden extension and bending of the neck. This leads to soft tissue damage that may also include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.
In rear end car accidents, it is common for the hit’s impact to propel a vehicle’s occupants forward while safety measures like seatbelts and airbags pull them back. This creates a fast back and forth motion that may happen repeatedly as vehicles spin, roll, or strike other objects.
Whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Myofascial injuries to muscles and ligaments
- Headache and dizziness
- Abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling (paresthesia)
- Shoulder and/or back pain
- Memory loss
- Concentration impairment
Recovery and long-lasting injuries
Recovering from whiplash can take months and some people are left with permanent pain or other injuries. Treatment often includes pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, cervical collar (neck brace), and physical therapy.
People who have experienced whiplash before, are older, or have pre-existing back pain are among those most likely to be severely injured by whiplash.
Long-lasting injuries due to whiplash can include a decreased threshold for pain, or hypersensitivity, caused by pressure, cold, electricity, or vibrations. Pain may also spread to other areas of the body like the legs or arms.
Say ‘no’ to lowball settlement offers
The inability to point to an X-ray of a whiplash injury and the delay in reporting pain means the insurance companies are likely to fight your claim. The experienced car accident attorneys at Hoover Rogers Law, LLP know the steps necessary to build a case for whiplash compensation. We understand the tests you need and the type of professionals you can see to create strong evidence to support your case.
Attorneys Ben Hoover and Grant Rogers are aggressive in getting maximum compensation for people injured by the negligence of others. We would rather put more time into investigating your accident than accept a too-small settlement on your behalf.
Our law firm offers free case reviews to injured accident victims and their families. If you were injured in an accident, contact Hoover Rogers Law to see how we can help you get your life back on track. Call, email, or chat online with us now to schedule your free case evaluation with a whiplash attorney at our Wichita Falls or Lawton office.