During an auto accident your head is thrown violently and then whipped back with tremendous force. The action can damage the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves in your neck, a painful and debilitating medical condition called whiplash. This common type of accident injury can take weeks or months to heal and can result in permanent neck problems.
Berenson Injury Law is dedicated solely to auto accident injury recovery. Our high-level focus on this single area of practice allows us to devote all of our resources and our close to 40 years of experience to your case. Personal injury attorney Bill Berenson is a skilled negotiator who demands insurance companies pay the damages you are entitled to for your injuries. We calculate and prove damages for medical bills, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering and consider the long-term damages that can result from whiplash.Why Whiplash Occurs During an Accident
The flexibility of your neck allows you to have substantial range of motion. This same quality is one of the reasons your neck can be so badly injured during a car crash. The average human head weighs about 10 to 11 pounds. If a car runs into you, this heavy weight is thrown at high speed. A seat belt can help control your body’s movement, but your head is not restrained and your neck bears the brunt of the force, resulting in sprains, strains and nerve damage.
For example, if another motorist rear-ended your car, your head may have been thrown forward and then back at high speed causing whiplash in the back and front of your neck. If your car was t-boned, the forceful side-to-side motion may cause whiplash in the sides of your neck.What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
In the moments after a car crash, you may not experience any symptoms of whiplash. In fact, your injury may not become apparent until as long as 24-hours later and onset may be gradual. When you begin to feel the effects of whiplash you may experience:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Stiffness and weakness in your neck, upper torso and arms
- Pain and numbness that radiates down your arms
- Pain that extends to your lower back
With rest and treatment, these symptoms typically resolve over time. However, the symptoms often interfere with the ability to work, perform activities of daily living and enjoy life. Some accident victims suffer chronic neck pain and stiffness that can last for years.Proving Whiplash Damages
The pain and disability caused by whiplash are very real. However, the condition is also often hard to prove. The damage does not show up clearly in an x-ray, MRI scan or CT scan and these traditional tests cannot predict who will suffer long-term disabilities related to the whiplash injuries.
The challenge to proving whiplash does not make the injury any less real, painful and debilitating. But your insurance company might attempt to minimize the severity of your injuries, and thus the amount of damages you are entitled to, by asserting that your diagnostic tests were inconclusive. We are ready to fight this inaccurate representation of your injuries.
Based close to 40 years of experience, our accident law firm has a deep understanding of whiplash and how this injury affects your life. To prove your damages, we help you gather crucial evidence about your whiplash, which may include:
- Your course of prescribed medical treatment
- Alternative treatments from a chiropractor or acupuncturist
- Reports from your doctor after a physical examination
- Measurements of your limited mobility
- A pain diary that reflects your continued symptoms
- Work-related limitations caused by your whiplash
Getting the treatment you need is important to both your health and your legal case. Following your doctor’s orders and maintaining your prescribed treatment regimen can help you recover more quickly and completely from your whiplash injuries. In addition, we rely on this medical evidence to prove your claim.Learn More About Proving Whiplash Damages After an Accident
If you sustained whiplash during your accident, Berenson Injury Law can help you recover the maximum possible damages for your injuries. To discuss your case in detail, schedule a free appointment with our Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident attorney at 817-885-8000. Our firm handles your claim on contingency, meaning you do not owe attorney’s fees or expenses until we recover damages for you.