One of the most common types of injuries that people suffer in a
car accident is “whiplash,” which occurs from an abrupt back-and-forth
flexion of the neck. Whiplash affects the muscles, discs, and ligaments
in the neck and back. However, it may take several days or even weeks
for the body to completely process the physical trauma it sustained—which
is why many whiplash victims ignore seeking medical treatment immediately
after the accident.
Whiplash can cause long-term issues which negatively impact your ability
to work and live life as you did prior to the crash. The damage is only
exacerbated when the injury is not identified and treated early.
If you have recently suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, it is
imperative to seek immediate medical attention if you feel even the slightest
amount of pain or discomfort. Doctors will know what signs of whiplash
to look for that may otherwise go unnoticed by the average person. Receiving
treatment for your injuries is an important step in recovering compensation
in your case.
Once you have a medically-documented case of whiplash (e.g. evidence from
the scene of the accident, treating physician’s diagnosis, medical
bills, prescription costs, rehabilitation expenses, etc.), do not hesitate
to begin the claim process. In Texas, notify the other party’s insurance
company—in writing—of your injuries and your intent to file a claim.
However, if the insurance adjuster fails to offer a reasonable settlement
or if the person who caused the accident doesn’t have insurance,
you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect your damages
and seek legal assistance from an experienced lawyer. An attorney can
help protect your rights and provide honest advice as to whether you may
be able to recover compensation for your whiplash injuries.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Texas,
request a free consultation with our Austin personal injury attorney at
The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today.