Houston Whiplash Lawyer
Whiplash from Auto Accidents
Whiplash is a term for a neck injury that occurs when you are suddenly thrown forward or backward with great force, causing the lower bones in your neck to become hyper-extended and the upper bones to become hyper-flexed. This is what is known as an acceleration/deceleration injury. When the neck is forced into this unnatural curved position, the soft tissue including the ligaments, muscles and facet capsules may experience damage. If the brain is sufficiently whipped back and forth inside the skull, it may also result in a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
While likely not life threatening, whiplash is painful and often expensive to treat. If you or a loved one is the victim of an accident that resulted in whiplash, contact a Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., to see how we can help!
Common Whiplash Causes
Whiplash is most often caused by car accidents, especially rear-impact collisions where a victim is in a non-moving vehicle and is hit from the back and thrown forward. However, any type of accident where a person experiences a sudden sharp movement of the head or neck can be a potential cause of whiplash.
Whiplash Symptoms and Consequences
Diagnosing whiplash can prove challenging because there are no conclusive medical tests for the condition. In other words, X-rays, MRIs and other diagnostic devices may not be able to pinpoint that you have whiplash. In most cases, the condition is diagnosed by the symptoms which include:
- Neck discomfort and stiffness
- Pain and stiffness in the shoulders
- A feeling of being dizzy
- Arm pain or weakness
- Pain in the jaw
- Eye problems or visual disturbances
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Discomfort or pain in your back
On top of physical pain, whiplash can result in depression, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder and dependency on pain killers. Sometimes people suffer with these whiplash symptoms for a long time or on an ongoing basis, despite treatment efforts. Those who experience whiplash may be limited in their ability to work or not be able to work at all. In addition, whiplash victims may also be prevented from doing their routine activities or things that they enjoy.
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Can Handle Your Whiplash Claim
If you have experienced a whiplash injury, you may be able to seek legal compensation from the person or entity that caused your accident and resulting injuries. Both workers compensation and a personal injury lawsuit may help you to get the compensation you deserve depending on the cause and circumstances surrounding your whiplash injury.
To learn more about whiplash and about your legal rights after an accident, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., today to schedule a free consultation. We represent injured whiplash victims throughout the greater Houston area and clients pay only if we win!