Whiplash is a type of neck injury that may occur to the driver or passenger(s) in rear-end automobile accidents. When the front of your car collides into the rear of another vehicle, your neck may experience forceful, rapid back-and-forth motion – this is called whiplash.
Most accident victims who get whiplash get better within a few weeks if they receive the proper medical care and physical rehabilitation. However, some victims suffer from long-lasting complications such as chronic neck pain.
As per Texas law, drivers who cause collisions are liable to pay for the damages of victims injured in these accidents. If you or your loved one were injured in a crash and sustained whiplash, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
However, whiplash is usually not easy to prove since it is not immediately evident following the crash. If you are suffering from whiplash due to someone else’s carelessness, you are entitled to receive compensation. But you may need an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer on your side to prove your injuries and get maximum damages.
How to Prove Whiplash Injuries in Texas
An experienced Texas personal injury lawyer establishes whiplash through medical reports, accident reconstruction, car damage, and police reports. As we always advise Texas residents, make sure you maintain a formal record of your visits to the emergency room or the physician after you have been in an accident. Request a formal diagnosis of your whiplash injuries.
Whether or not you win your claim will depend on:
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions
- Whether or not emergency personnel used the neck and head restraints
- Design of the headrests
- Whether or not the airbags were deployed
- Whether or not seat belts were worn
- The direction and speed of travel of the vehicles
Whiplash Is Not A ‘Fake Injury’!
A common misconception about whiplash is that it is a “made-up” injury. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whiplash is a severe medical condition the reason why the headrests in cars are shaped the way they are is that manufacturers are always trying to come up with designs to reduce the risk of whiplash during an accident!
The violent jerking motion of the head and/or neck can lead to serious health complications. If you have been whiplashed due to a vehicle collision, make sure you talk to a Texas personal injury lawyer if you are considering filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. Without expert legal representation, you will most likely fail to file a solid claim against the at-fault party.
Unless you have extensive experience in handling claims settlement negotiation, you need the legal counsel of someone who is experienced in whiplash accident and injury cases.
Call A Texas Personal Injury Lawyer From Kirk Law Firm For Your Whiplash Accident Case
Have you suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident? Call Dana G. Kirk, a top-rated Texas personal injury lawyer with over 40 years of experience in handling whiplash and other injury cases.
The effects of whiplash can last for years (if not decades), and one insurance claim may not be enough to compensate you. Contact Kirk Law Firm, PLLC, today to learn more about the average whiplash settlement amount and how we can help.