Whiplash affects about 83% of people involved in motor vehicle accidents, making it the most common injury to stem from these types of crashes. Increase in the quantity and frequency of these injuries over time is related to the fact that rear end collisions have also increased.
The term “Whiplash” is a colloquial and non-medical one. The mechanism of neck movement that describes the injury is called cervical acceleration-deceleration, while the family of symptoms and diagnoses that classify as this type of injury are collectively referred to as whiplash associate disorders, or WAD. Whiplash injuries are poorly understood by medical community standards. However, studies on treatment have reported success in recovery outcomes, and patients suffering this ailment can often expect positive future outcomes. However, the road to recovery for traumatic whiplash injury can be a bumpy one, and some patients endure chronic residual pain for months or years, and others risk life-threatening late sequelae such cervical artery dissection.
The dedicated team at Thompson Law is here for you following your accident or collision and whiplash injury. The Lion Law team is made up of an experienced and tough group of litigators and legal experts. These tenacious legal professionals are prepared to stand up to the insurance companies and agencies who are keeping you from your maximum rightful settlement. Your injuries, pain, and suffering are important, and you deserve the best whiplash lawyers on your side when the time comes to make your case. If you have suffered a serious neck, back, or whiplash injury, reach out to Thompson Law right away at 844-308-8180. The caring and skilled team of operators is standing by 24/7 to take your call and get to work for you.
If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.
What Are Negligent Actions by Drivers of 18 Wheelers and Commercial Vehicles?Kirk2018-11-18T22:00:33-06:00
Drivers of 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles are held to a higher standard of driving. If they neglect to turn on their flashing lights when they’re on the side of the road, don’t move over far enough onto the shoulder, don’t properly secure their cargo, or don’t leave enough clearance when making a left turn, and in many other cases, the driver could be considered negligent. If you want to know if the driver of the 18 wheeler involved in your case was negligent, contact a personal injury attorney.
The Trucking Company Just Called Me About My Accident. Are They Really Trying to Help Me?Kirk2018-11-18T22:01:15-06:00
No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.
Can I have a free consultation about my case?cbraun2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00
Yes! Thompson Law is available24 hours a day, 7 days a weekto provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help!
I’ve Been in an Accident With an 18 Wheeler. Who’s Responsible – The Company or The Driver?Kirk2020-01-23T12:18:56-06:00
Many times it can be the fault of both the driver and the 18 wheeler company. Truck drivers can be at fault just like any other motorist for failing to follow the rules of the road. However, 18 wheeler companies and their employees have federal laws they are required to follow that govern things like how many consecutive hours of driving are allowable, minimum numbers of resting hours between jobs, when and how to do inspections, and so on. Also, the 18 wheeler companies have specific duties and responsibilities regarding training their drivers and supervising their work. When trucking companies refuse to follow standard rules, regulations, and practices regarding the commercial and transportation industry, people can get hurt and companies can be found at fault for contributing to or causing the collision through their irresponsible decisions. An experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer will know what violations to look for and how to hold both the driver and the company responsible for endangering the motoring public on the roads we all share.
I’m in the hospital or unable to travel. How do I meet with a lawyer?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00
Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
I was just in an accident. What do I need to do first?cbraun2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00
Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start:
GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you.
CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.
TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.
GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.
FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.
CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.
I was a passenger in an accident. Can I still claim damages?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00
Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too. As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck. Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.
After an accident, how do my medical expenses and other damages get paid?cbraun2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00
An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case. Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.
How long is the case process?cbraun2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00
Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow. The true answer is: it depends. We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case. In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, that process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial. But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss.
Causes of Whiplash
The most common causes of whiplash are auto accidents. Typically, this injury occurs at the end of the crash event, and frequently results from rear-end collisions. The injury itself is a result of exceptional force being applied to the neck in such a way that the neck and head are forced outside of their normal range of motion. This hyper-extension can take the form of a forced “s” shape to the spine and an untenable force and weight load to the lumbar spine and cervical spine. This is what results in injuries to the muscle, tendons and ligaments in and around the neck.
A few other causes of whiplash injury frequently seen in the personal injury space include:
Truck and 18 wheeler wrecks
Train and bus crashes
Amusement park ride collisions
Sports accidents especially in sports where speed is important
Slip and Fall or Impact Injuries in the workplace or home
Diagnoses and Severities of Whiplash
Whiplash is a non-medical term used to refer to injuries of the soft tissue of the neck. Medical diagnoses of the various conditions that are colloquially described as whiplash may include specific terms of cervical strain, sprain, or hyper-extension; for example, acceleration flexion-extension neck injury or soft tissue cervical hyper extension injury. After your accident, your doctor will conduct an exam to determine the scope and severity of your neck injury and classify it accordingly. The exam may include the following:
Observation of your movements and strength
Assessment of your alertness and focus
Inspection of your skin for bruises or abrasions
Touch and pressure on your neck to test local sensitivity
Questions about sensations in the body, such as tingling, numbness, etc.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Computed Tomography (CT) scan
Whiplash can often be self-diagnosed due to its signature symptoms. However, as with all health-related matters, it is always best to confirm injuries and ailments with medical professionals. Expert diagnosis results in better understanding of the injury, leading to ideal healing and recovery strategy. In the context of personal injury claims, it is essential that you are checked out by a medical professional who can confirm the specific medical designation of your neck/back injury and prescribe the appropriate course of treatment.
An additional reason to visit with a healthcare professional if you suspect a whiplash injury after your accident is because whiplash can range in severity depending on a range of factors. The specific circumstances of the wreck or accident that caused the injury will impact the intensity of the injury.Help your doctor predict the best recovery strategy and set expectations for course of treatment by sharing information about your accident and following their guidance. Factors that can play a role in the severity of a neck injury include:
The cause of the impact – – car vs tractor trailer
The force of the impact that caused the injury – – speeding crash vs rear ended at stoplight
A prior neck or back injury – – recent or older injuries may increase vulnerability to reinjury
A history of head, neck or back injuries – – sports accidents are a common example
Position of the body prior to the impact – – buckled and seated safely vs twisting, turned in seat
Multiple impacts from several angles – – intersection or multi vehicle crash vs single car struck object
After the injury is sustained and the doctor has completed the examination, the severity of the injury in medical terms may be classified in a 0-5 graded scale developed by the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders and adapted by the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Department of Neurological Surgery.
0. No complaint about the neck. No physical signs
I. Neck complaint of pain, stiffness or tenderness only. No physical signs
II. Neck complaint and musculoskeletal signs. Musculoskeletal signs include decreased range of motion and point tenderness
III.Neck complaint and neurological signs. Neurological signs include decreased or absent deep tendon reflexes, weakness and sensory deficits
IV.Neck complain and fracture or dislocation
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash can range in intensity depending on the force that caused the injury, the particular physicality of the individual, the time since the injury, and other factors. Symptoms typically fall into 3 categories, and you may experience some, none, or all of these with your whiplash experience.
Low Back Pain
Numbness in Arm
Numbness in Hand
Ringing in Ears (tinnitus)
Stress or Anxiety
Tempromandibular (TMJ) Pain
Sensitivity to Noise
Sensitivity to Light
Who does it impact and is it preventable?
Prior to the popularization of the car, whiplash injuries were called “railway spine” because they were most frequently seen in train collisions. In current day, car crashes are the most common reason for sustaining whiplash. Occurrence is extremely common – impacting 83% of people involved in car wrecks.
Prevention of whiplash is tremendously difficult. Adjusting the height and fit of your car headrest for you and your passengers’ height and stature can help mitigate risk and severity of this neck injury. However, the minor successes illustrated in studies of improved head restraint systems are very insignificant – only about 5-10%improvement. More study and innovation are required and in development for multiple types of head restraints: standard, integrated, adjustable, active, and automatically adjusting.
Whiplash injuries can happen when a car travels at a very low speeds, with medical sources citing 5 – 15mph as the minimum speed required to result in neck damage.
Females are more than twice as likely to suffer from whiplash as males when the cause is a motor vehicle incident, and they are more likely to suffer long term chronic injury from the whiplash incident.
Children suffer the same symptoms as adults, however they are at greater risk for damage with whiplash injuries due to their muscles and ligaments being more pliable than adults’.
Rear-impact crashes are the most common type of crash to causewhiplash, as this type of accident most straightforwardly causes the rapid back and forth motion of the head and neck.
Treatment and Recovery After a Whiplash Injury
In some cases, symptoms can be managed by home treatments to help with pain, discomfort, and disorientation. In others, doctors and chiropractors may prescribe specific medical treatments or therapies. Advised treatment is based on the severity of the neck damage, body composition and tolerances, age, health, prior or concurrent injuries, medications, and patient preferences.
Cervical collar, with limited use (less than 3 hours at a time)
Gentle, active movement after 24 hours
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Muscle relaxing medications
Still, some disagreement exists in the medical community around whiplash, and particularly around the treatment that should take place in the first 24-48 hours after the injury is sustained. The core of the debate has to do with how much motion is advisable in this period. Some experts maintain a belief that wearing a soft collar and limiting movement protects the neck from further damage, while others suggest that some muscle movement is beneficial to a quicker and easier recovery.
Fortunately, for most people whiplash pain iscorrected or resolved within a couple weeks to a few months. Still, lingering pain may persist forlonger. There is a lack of consensus in medical research as to the duration of symptoms and injury.Some studies have indicated that 25-40% of patients experience symptoms through the 1-year mark, and others indicate about 40% of patients experience pain past the 7-year mark. Around the measurables of these studies there are a lot of remaining questions about what patients can expect in their journey to recovery.
Despite the ongoing scientific study, it is extremely important to trust the advice of your doctor and follow their guidance for your specific recovery, and it may be helpful to keep in mind that there is a chance that your injury may be more impactful and long lasting than initially anticipated. While you focus on your health, turn to your compassionate and expert legal team at Thompson Law. Ryan “The Lion” Thompson and his staff will fight the insurance companies and your accident’s at-fault parties for you. Their commitment to the optimum outcome and your maximum rightful compensation drives everything they do. Being patient with the recovery process and taking good care of yourself is essential.
Financial Impacts of Whiplash
Over ten years ago, the overall economic burden of whiplash was estimated at $3.9 billion annually, and over $29 billion if litigation was added in with the factors of medical care, disability, and sick leave.
In today’s dollars this would be$4,825,728,506 and $35,883,622,228 respectively.
The secondary impactsthat result from this type of injury are the ramifications to your life. Pain from whiplash can result in missed work and lost wages, adding financial strain on top of physical pain.Auxiliary injuries can occur as you strain other parts of your musculature system to avoid the pain in your neck.
Thompson Law understands how difficult it can be to return to life as usual after a serious accident. Our passion is in fighting for just compensation for our clients. See our track record of successful settlements related to whiplash and other related complications and injuries here. Traumatic head injuries, closed head injuries, permanent brain injury, spinal cord injury, quadriplegia, and other skull and spine damage can interact and intertwine with whiplash injuries from an accident. If you or someone you love have suffered harm in an accident, reach out to Thompson Law right away for the help and justice you deserve.
How Thompson Law Can Help You
Have you suffered a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle, workplace, slip and fall, or other type of accident? Thompson Law truly understands the painful, frustrating, and expensive implications that these injuries can have on your body and your life. Our empathetic legal consultants are standing by 24/7 to speak with you about your accident and resulting injuries.
When you reach out to the Lion Law firm following your whiplash injury, your expert attorney will guide you every step of the way through your claim and case process. They will be able to examine and investigate every detail of the events surrounding your injury. Armed with this information, your dedicated team will go to battle for your best possible settlement and your highest rightful compensation. Our results speak for themselves, and our passion to seek justice for our clients is limitless.
Suffering a traumatic whiplash injury like this after a serious accident can make recovery and healing a full–time job. Take care, focus on your health, and leave the hard work of fighting the insurance companies and at-fault parties to your trusted lawyer at Thompson Law.