Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents in Houston.
Because of the immense forces that occur during accidents, the head can be violently thrust back and forth, causing damage to the soft tissues and vertebral discs in the neck area.
Symptoms may continue after a few days and lead to other longer-term problems. This should not be something you simply have to live with as the victim of an accident.
It may be possible to claim damages for your whiplash injury. Here’s what you need to know before making a claim.
What is whiplash?
A whiplash injury occurs due to the forceful back-and-forth motion exerted on the neck. This is particularly common in auto accidents where vehicles decelerate suddenly.
In many whiplash cases, victims report little or no pain or discomfort immediately after their accident. However, symptoms can appear over the next 24-48 hours and result in relatively minor discomfort or excruciating pain.
In most cases, the problem resolves in the days after it first appears but, in others, it persists and becomes a more serious problem.
Long-term problems caused by whiplash
While minor injuries typically heal over the course of weeks or months, severe whiplash injuries can lead to long-term chronic pain.
If you seriously damage vertebrae or pinch a nerve, your quality of life may be permanently affected. A partial disability may even result, requiring lifelong treatment/therapy, which can be extremely costly.
The whiplash injury claim process
Before you can claim compensation, the fault of the accident must be determined as Texas is an “at fault” state when it comes to insurance claims.
As part of the claims process, you will probably be contacted by the insurance company of the at-fault party. You may feel pressured into accepting a settlement and the insurance company may try to downplay your injury to low-ball you on a quick settlement.
At this point, it is usually time to hand the claim over to a personal injury lawyer if you have not already done so.
Your lawyer will conduct all negotiations with the insurance company.
How can a personal accident lawyer help?
An experienced car accident attorney will be familiar with how insurance companies work and with negotiating fair settlements for victims. This can dramatically improve your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your whiplash injuries.
Common whiplash injury questions answered
Get the settlement you deserve for your whiplash injury
With any whiplash injury requiring medication, therapy, and/or surgery, it’s best to consult an experienced attorney to assess your legal options.
Personal injury attorney Ryan A. DeHoyos is experienced at taking on big insurance companies and fighting for the best interests of accident victims both in and out of the Houston courtrooms.
For a free case evaluation with an experienced car accident attorney, call (832) 745-4878 or contact us online.