Have you sustained a whiplash injury because you were involved in an accident in Houston, TX? If someone else is even partly responsible for that accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Brian White & Associates to find out how our legal team can help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Our law firm in Houston offers a free consultation. This gives you the opportunity to learn about your legal options and have questions about your case addressed by our skilled attorneys. Give our law office a call to schedule yours today.
How Brian White & Associates Will Help With Your Whiplash Injury Case
Many times, symptoms of whiplash won’t surface until days after you’ve been involved in a traffic accident in Houston. The more time that goes by, the harder it can become to recover compensation from whoever caused you to get hurt. Hiring the legal team at Brian White & Associates can make a world of difference in your whiplash injury case.
Our attorneys have years of experience helping whiplash injury victims across the state of Texas. We know that these cases can be challenging, given the fact that so much time can lapse between when an accident occurs and whiplash becomes symptomatic. We also know that at-fault parties and insurance companies will do everything they can to deny responsibility and keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. We’re prepared to put our decades of experience, financial resources, and unparalleled legal strategist to work to make your claim a success.
When you hire our team, you can expect us to:
- Carefully investigate the accident that caused your whiplash injury
- Scrutinize police reports, witness statements, and evidence to help us establish causation and fault
- Review medical records to help establish a causal link between the accident and your injury
- Fight to hold all negligent parties financially accountable for your injuries and suffering
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and
- Have our accomplished trial lawyers bring your whiplash injury case to a jury in Houston.
Whiplash can have a huge impact on your life – today and for years to come. Our Houston personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to recover a financial settlement or award on your behalf to help make things a little bit easier. Call our law office to set up an appointment with our team today.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury that’s commonly associated with rear-end car accidents. When your car is hit from behind, the force of impact can cause your head to move back-and-forth or side-to-side rapidly. Since your torso is restrained by a seatbelt, the rapid movement of your head causes the soft tissue in your neck to overextend. This can cause the muscles and tendons to stretch beyond their normal range of motion. Many times, it takes hours – or even days – for you to notice any signs of a whiplash injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
If you’ve been in a car accident in Houston, particularly a rear-end collision, it’s important to be aware of any of the following signs of whiplash:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck tenderness
- Difficulty or inability to move your head from side to side or up and back
- Limited range of motion in the neck
- Pain in your upper back or neck
- Tingling or numbness in your arms, hands, or fingers
- Unexplained headaches
- Unexplained fatigue
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Blurred vision, and
- Changes in memory or mood.
One or more of these symptoms could indicate that you have suffered a whiplash injury. While many whiplash injuries heal over time, others will require medical attention. Diagnosing a whiplash injury is important. Not only to ensure that the whiplash is monitored and treated properly, but to also identify any complications or other related trauma.
How Common is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a very common injury. In fact, it’s estimated that 3 million Americans suffer a whiplash injury every year. Out of these 3 million people:
- Half will suffer chronic pain as a direct result of the whiplash injury, and
- 10% will be disabled because of their whiplash injury.
Whiplash is much more common in adults than it is in children. There are a few reasons for this. Adults simply have larger heads. The larger the head, the greater the force of acceleration during a collision. The greater the force, the more strain that’s put on the neck and back. Additionally, as we age, we become increasingly susceptible to neck injuries, including whiplash. Our bodies become more fragile, especially if we have prior injuries or suffer from underlying health conditions.
Are Car Accidents the Only Way You Can Get Whiplash?
No. While car accidents are by and far the most common cause of whiplash, that’s not the only way you can sustain this type of neck injury. Any trauma that causes your head to move back and forth rapidly can cause whiplash. This includes:
- Other motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents and truck accidents
- Physical assaults
- Sexual assaults
- Recreational sports
- Boating accidents, and
If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury in an accident – any accident – it’s important to speak with an attorney near you. Brian White & Associates will listen to your story, help you understand your rights, and briefly explain what options might be available to you.
What Should I Do If I Was I Have Whiplash?
First, if you’ve been involved in an accident and think that you might develop symptoms of whiplash, it’s important to keep active. Resting and not moving your neck can actually make a whiplash injury worse. So, stretch and move as much as is comfortable for you.
If you are diagnosed with whiplash, your doctor might recommend some or all of the following medical treatment protocols:
- Rest, but only for a limited period of time
- Hot or cold compresses
- Medications, including over-the-counter and prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants
- Lidocaine injections
- Physical therapy, or
- Nerve stimulation.
In serious cases, your doctor might want to limit your neck’s range of motion by recommending the use of a foam collar.
What Happens If I’m Partly Responsible For the Accident That Caused My Whiplash Injury?
Sometimes we contribute to the accidents that are responsible for our injuries. In Texas, playing too much of a role in an accident can prohibit you from recovering compensation. Under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule, you’ll be barred from a financial recovery if you’re allocated more than 50% of the blame for your accident or whiplash injury.
Here’s the good news – you can still recover damages if you’re allocated 50% or less of the blame. Your damages will just be reduced to reflect your contribution to the injury. So, if you’re 30% responsible, your financial award will be reduced by that 30%.
It’s important to consult with a Houston personal injury attorney if you were in an accident. Other parties will almost certainly try to blame you for the accident, even if those allegations are untrue. However, if you don’t fight back, you could find that your ability to recover compensation is compromised. Brian White & Associates will stand up and do everything possible to protect you from these tactics. We’ll gather evidence that shifts blame to others and/or downplays your role in the accident that caused your whiplash injury.
What Compensation is Available to Whiplash Injury Victims in Houston, TX?
Whiplash can interfere with your day-to-day activities. A severe whiplash injury can also cause permanent neck damage and permanent disability. Whether your whiplash injury is mild, moderate, or severe, you deserve to be compensated if someone else is to blame. Brian White & Associates will work hard to recover all damages to which you may be entitled under Texas state law. This could include damages for:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Our team will work closely with medical professionals and vocational experts as we calculate what your personal injury case is worth. This can help us position you to secure all of the money you need and deserve.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment With Our Houston Whiplash Injury Lawyers
If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury in Houston, Texas, you’ll have a limited amount of time to demand compensation. In most cases, the statute of limitations is two years. The clock will begin to run whenever you discover (or should have reasonably discovered) your whiplash injury. Do not wait too long. You’ll lose the right to recover any money, at all, if you don’t file your claim on time.
The best course of action is to reach out to a qualified Houston whiplash injury attorney as soon as you learn that you’ve been hurt. At Brian White & Associates, our team is prepared to do whatever we can to get you the money you need. We’ll handle your case from start to finish so that you can focus on getting better. All you have to do is give our Houston law firm a call today to arrange a free consultation and learn more.