Unfortunately, whiplash injuries are often discounted as being a “made up” injury because, as a soft-tissue injury, it is difficult to obtain corroborating medical evidence of the injury. Whiplash is a very real injury to the neck caused by a forceful, rapid, back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash is commonly caused when one vehicle runs into another vehicle from the rear, but it can also be caused by a fall, a sports accident, or domestic violence. You’ll want to seek guidance from a Fort Worth attorney immediately following your whiplash injury.
Muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck can be damaged during a whiplash injury. If you are the victim of an accident caused by a negligent or careless individual or entity, your neck pain, loss of range of motion, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and tingling or numbness is very real. These symptoms can prevent you from engaging in your normal day-to-day activities and, without medical treatment, may become permanent.
It can feel like an uphill battle when you’ve received a whiplash injury as a result of another’s negligence. Not only are you injured, perhaps unable to work and make a living, but you are also struggling to get the at-fault person’s insurer to pay for your damages. At a time when you should be focused only on recovering from your injuries, you must deal with the legalities of the situation as well.
Your whiplash injury can cause physical pain as well as emotional trauma as you struggle to deal with vertigo and other difficult symptoms. Having a strong Fort Worth whiplash injury attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm by your side, can change everything—in your favor. We will zealously fight for your right to recover damages following your whiplash injury while ensuring you get the medical treatments you need to recover from your injury.
If you are looking for a Fort Worth whiplash injury lawyer who will aggressively represent your interests, fighting for a full and fair settlement, look no further. At Noteboom—The Law Firm, we handle only a small number of cases at a time. This allows us to provide each client with the highest level of service, ensuring nothing ever “slips through the cracks.” Our commitment to you is that we will prepare your claim as though it were going to trial. This means we are always 100 percent prepared for anything.
Personal injury claims rarely make it to a courtroom (the vast majority are settled outside of court), yet when your claim is prepared in the most comprehensive manner possible, negotiations are more likely to end in an equitable settlement. Our collaborative team-based approach is unique yet ensures the best course of action is taken in every single case. We have a solid record of “wins” based on this team approach and are proud of our successes. Unlike many other firms, at Noteboom—The Law Firm, we have the resources, experience, and skills necessary to see large-scale injury cases through to a positive completion.
Following a whiplash injury, you may experience pain and stiffness in your neck—perhaps a constant, aching pain that worsens when you attempt to move your head from side to side or up and down. This pain and stiffness may leave you with a limited range of motion, and, in some cases, the pain in your neck can radiate to your shoulders, upper back, and upper arms. Headaches are also common, usually beginning at the base of the skull, then radiating toward the front of your head.
You may feel more lethargic, sleepy, or fatigued than you normally do and could be experiencing cognitive changes like difficulty focusing or concentrating, along with memory issues. Some people will experience irritability, mood swings, and depression as a side effect of whiplash, while others will experience dizziness, ringing in the ears, insomnia, and blurry vision.
When a whiplash injury is not treated appropriately, these symptoms can persist for up to a year or more. While not common, some individuals will experience permanent symptoms like neck pain, loss of neck movement, chronic headaches, memory problems, depression, and anxiety. Those who are older at the time of the whiplash injury or those with a prior neck injury are more likely to have long-term issues associated with the whiplash injury.
The most important thing you can do following an accident that has left you with a suspected whiplash injury is to seek medical attention. The sooner your injury is diagnosed, the sooner you can begin range-of-motion exercises, leading to a faster recovery and a better outcome.
It’s important that you not engage in any physically demanding activity until you have recovered from your whiplash injury. Your doctor may want you to begin some sort of rehabilitative therapy as quickly as possible or may advise orthopedic care, pain management, sports medicine, or even minimally invasive surgery services. In severe cases, surgical intervention or long-term pain management might be necessary to help with your pain and loss of mobility.
Rear-end automobile collisions are known to be the most common type of accident that lead to whiplash injury. However, a side-impact auto collision can also cause whiplash. Motorcycle and bicycle accidents can cause whiplash when the cyclist is thrown from their bike, causing the neck to snap back and forward. Slip and fall accidents can also result in whiplash injuries, as can sports injuries and being shaken by another person. In many cases, not only is the neck affected by accident, but the back may also be involved as the muscles and ligaments tighten in response to the neck injury.
Regardless of how others may view your whiplash injury, you know just how real it is and the physical and emotional issues your injury has caused. When you have a knowledgeable Fort Worth whiplash injury attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm, who is ready to be the advocate you need and deserve, you have taken an important step in your recovery.
Our firm has been helping people with serious injuries for almost four decades. We have a private investigator on staff rather than outsourcing investigations. This addition to our highly qualified legal team ensures you receive outstanding service from our firm. We are so sure of our abilities and skills we tell potential clients, “If you can find a better law firm, hire them.” If you’ve received a Fort Worth whiplash injury, contact Noteboom—The Law Firm. We are ready to assist you.