Did You Suffer Soft Tissue Damage in an Accident?
Whiplash is actually a non-medical term used to characterize a soft tissue injury as a result of hyper-flexion to the neck, a motion that forces the soft tissue to exceed its normal range of motion and tears muscles and ligaments. These micro-traumas or small tears to the soft tissue can result in a mild burning or pain in the area, or a debilitating pain in more severe cases.
The most common cause of whiplash in the United States is a rear-end automobile collision that causes the victim’s head and neck to be thrust forward, backward, and sideways. If you suffered a whiplash injury due to the carelessness of another driver, our Dallas whiplash attorneys at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP may be able to help you recover compensation.
After any accident, the first concern should always be seeking medical care for anyone who is injured. Diagnosing whiplash will involve doctors determining the range of motion of your neck and shoulders, as well as the degree of motion causing you pain. Imaging tests such as an X-ray, CT, or MRI can be used to rule out any bone injuries and determine the level of injury to the spinal cord, discs, and ligaments of the neck area.
Treatment for whiplash and other soft tissue injuries to the neck consists mostly of rest and pain control. There is no standard treatment to correct or repair the damage of whiplash. Ice and heat, over-the-counter pain medications, prescription pain medication, muscle relaxants, and injections are all options for pain management in an effort to allow the injuries to heal naturally.
Some patients respond well and will experience a full recovery after a few weeks of rest with minimal movement of the head and neck. Other patients experience a longer recovery process, which can involve months of medical care, therapy treatments, and ongoing pain. Others never fully recover from the trauma of whiplash. They suffer a lifetime of pain and diminished quality of life, and in the most extreme cases, become legally disabled.
A Lifetime of Pain from Someone Else’s Negligence
Liability for a rear-end collision in Texas is normally placed on the driver of the car who rear-ended you, but there can be exceptions. Texas is a “fault” car insurance state, which means that every driver involved in an accident can be held partly liable for the damages he or she caused. So it is very likely that the driver of the car who hit you is going to try to place some or all of the blame for the accident on you. Instances such as a car pulling out of a parking lot, a car making an unsafe lane change, and a driver slamming on the brakes for no apparent reason have all set precedents when it comes to comparative negligence.
What all of this legal jargon means is that you need to protect yourself and your rights with experienced legal representation. Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP has over 25 year of experience protecting victims just like you. We offer a free consultation to help you understand your rights and your options under the laws of Texas. And if you chose to allow us to serve as your legal counsel, we will do so at no upfront cost to you.
Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP Will Manage All Aspects of Your Accident
After a serious car accident, all you should have to worry about is healing and regaining your strength. But insurance companies and the other party’s attorneys will continue to call, email, and even try to come see you to force you to answer a barrage of questions in an effort to discredit you or get you to admit to being at fault. But all of that stress is eliminated when you hire a Dallas car wreck lawyer at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP to represent you. We work with the insurance companies, law enforcement, and accident investigators to secure your compensation, which can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Call today at (214) 231-0544 or toll-free at (800) 738-4046 to speak to a member of our team. We work for you for free until you receive the settlement that you deserve!