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Whiplash Injury Lawyer

A ​​whiplash injury is the result of a person’s neck being abruptly thrown backwards and then suddenly forward. The result can cause damage to both soft tissues and bone in the neck region. Depending on the severity, whiplash injuries can range from mild discomfort to serious and long-term medical conditions. Whiplash is a common injury that many associate with vehicle accidents. However, there are other types of accidents that can cause a whiplash injury to occur. Whiplash injuries are estimated to cost $30 billion a year in the U.S., with an economic toll for medical treatment, lost wages and disability. If you have suffered a whiplash injury in the League City, Webster or Friendswood area contact our auto injury claim lawyer to discuss your possible options.

 Whiplash Injury Symptoms

A person may not know that they have a whiplash injury immediately when it happens. Often the symptoms will begin to occur 12-24 hours after the accident or blow to the head, many times worsening over several days. Common whiplash injury symptoms include:

  • Stiff, tender or sore neck
  • Reduced movement in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, vertigo and blurred vision
  • Memory loss, concentration problems and irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in arm, hands or lower back

Medical treatment of whiplash will generally start with performing x-rays of the neck region to ensure there is not any other injuries.  Medications may be prescribed to reduce pain, inflammation and control muscle spasms. Other medical treatments that may be recommended can include physical therapy, massage and chiropractic treatments.

Whiplash Pain

If you’ve been in a car accident, you might receive care by an ambulance, an EMS at the scene, or in an emergency room. After an accident you might have a lot of adrenaline following the collision. This is a normal reaction that you body has during fight or flight type situations. As a result, you may not fully know the scope of your injuries until the adrenaline in your system starts to wear off. Please remember that a whiplash injury may not cause symptoms immediately. If you have neck pain and other symptoms after an injury, see your doctor or an urgent care center as soon as possible. Below are some questions that your chiropractor or general practice doctor might ask you to see if you might have suffered a whiplash injury:

  • How would you rate your neck pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Does movement make the pain worse?
  • What other symptoms do you have?
  • How long after the event did the symptoms appear?
  • Have you had neck pain in the past, or do you experience it regularly?
  • Have you tried any medications or other treatments to relieve the pain? If so, what was the effect?

Whiplash Injury Diagnosis

During the exam your doctor or chiropractor will need to touch and move your head, neck and arms. You will be asked to move and perform simple tasks so that your doctor can determine:

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  • Range of motion in your neck and shoulders
  • Degree of motion that causes pain or an increase in pain
  • Tenderness in the neck, shoulders or back
  • Reflexes, strength and sensation in your limbs
  • Imaging tests

Imaging tests may not show any abnormal changes. However, your doctor will likely order one or more imaging tests to rule out other conditions that could be making your neck pain worse.

  • X-rays – fractures, dislocations or arthritis can be identified by X-rays of the neck taken from many angles
  • Computerized tomography (CT Scan) – a special type of X-ray that can produce cross-sectional images of bone and show possible bone damage
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – this imaging test uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed 3-D images

In addition to bone injuries, MRI scans can detect some soft tissue injuries, such as damage to the spinal cord, disks or ligaments.

Whiplash Injuries From Accidents

Any sudden hyper-extension or over-extension of the neck can cause a whiplash injury. Most commonly whiplash occurs in rear-end auto accidents when the impact causes a person’s head to snap backwards and forwards suddenly. If you think you might have a whiplash injury it is best to get to your local doctor or chiropractor office to get examined and start treatment. Motor vehicle accidents are just one of many ways to cause this type of injury and below are some other causes:

  • Falls – A sudden fall, either on or off ground, can cause a whiplash injury from the falling motion
  • Falling object – A heavy object falling on a person’s head can cause whiplash
  • Sports – Boxing, karate, horseback riding, bicycle falls and many other contact sports where the head can be impacted can result in whiplash
  • Car accident – A suddenly hit by another vehicle, the force can put a significant impact on their neck

Whiplash Injury Compensation

​Our Car Accident Lawyer is experienced fighting for victims of whiplash injuries. If you have suffered injuries after an auto accident you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and out of pocket expenses like doctors and chiropractic appointments. Mild cases of whiplash can heal within a week or two, while many severe whiplash injury cases may take several weeks to a few months to heal completely. At the Pascoe Law Firm we can help handle your auto injury claims with the insurance company. We fight to get compensation for whiplash injury victims. Unfortunately, some people can have chronic pain that lasts for several months, even years, after the injury occurs. Call Pascoe Law Firm today at 713-829-4317 to discuss your Friendswood, Webster, or League City whiplash injury case and legal options for pursuing compensation.

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