Reputable Fort Worth Accident Lawyer Represents Whiplash Victims
Pursuing full compensation for people who have suffered soft tissue injuries in crashes
The human spinal column is not built to withstand sudden and violent changes of direction. But that’s what happens in a car crash. Your car stops on impact, but your body’s momentum continues forward and then snaps violently back. The result can be lingering pain and loss of mobility. Unfortunately, injuries to soft tissue, also known as whiplash, can be hard to detect with medical diagnostics and therefore very hard to prove. The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. represents accident victims who have sustained whiplash injuries. We understand the level of suffering and degree of disability such injuries cause. We focus all our knowledge and skill on recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible in your case.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a strain or a sprain of the neck caused by abrupt back and forth or side to side motion. That sounds like a mild injury, but it’s important to understand that a sprain is a tear of a ligament, and ligaments are notoriously slow to heal. The injury can also involve torn muscles, displaced discs and damage to nerve roots. Many whiplash victims also sustain concussions.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness, loss of range of motion
- Muscle spasms
- Nerve pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Numbness and tingling in extremities
Symptoms of whiplash can take up to 48 hours to manifest. Frequently, crash victims experience a temporary adrenaline boost that masks pain. So even if you’re not immediately suffering the effects of a car accident, you should still seek medical attention promptly. Although rarely considered a catastrophic injury, whiplash can produce chronic pain that endures despite extensive rehabilitation.
Types of accidents that sometimes trigger whiplash
The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident. Front and side airbags, as well as head rests, can reduce the severity of the injury. Victims of motorcycle accidents also frequently experience whiplash. Other causes include falls, sports injuries, roller coaster rides, assault and violent shaking. Young children who are shaken might suffer severe and irreversible neurological damage.
Seek treatment immediately to preserve your claim
A major mistake some whiplash victims make is to delay medical treatment until the pain becomes unbearable. Days and weeks may pass from the time of the accident. This could weaken your legal case as it allows the defense to claim that an intervening event caused your injury, not the initial accident. The Texas statute of limitations for personal injuries allows two years for you to file a lawsuit, but it’s always best to contact a lawyer as soon as you realize you’ve been hurt. When you retain our services, we’ll immediately begin working to achieve the resolution you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Fort Worth whiplash injury attorney
The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. in Fort Worth represents clients who’ve suffered whiplash injuries in auto accidents and other types of incidents. To meet with an accomplished personal injury lawyer free of charge, call us at 817-332-7676 or contact us online. We are located at One Legal Place in Fort Worth’s Hospital District. If you’re unable to come to our office, we make home and hospital visits.