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Texas accident lawyer, Texas injury attorneyCar crashes can wreak havoc on your back. Back injuries can be minor, requiring pain management and rest to recover. They can also be catastrophic, causing limited or complete paralysis. If you are in an accident, do not ignore back pain, as it could be a sign of:

  • Whiplash;
  • Muscle sprain or strain;
  • Broken vertebrae;
  • A compression fracture;
  • A herniated disc;
  • Displaced vertebrae; or
  • A partially or fully severed spinal cord.

Signs of a Back Injury

Small symptoms can be signs of a major problem. If you have any of these feelings following a crash, go to the emergency room or see your physician as soon as possible:

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Texas car crash lawyer, Texas whiplash attorneySimilar to other types of injuries that drivers experience as a result of car accidents, whiplash is an injury that can slowly creep up on us as the days and weeks following the crash unfold. Not all of the symptoms are apparent initially, making it difficult for us to be sure we are in fact truly unharmed after the collision. Rear-end accidents, in particular, are infamous for causing cases of painful whiplash. If you have recently been in a car accident, keep an eye out for the following three telltale signs that indicate you may be experiencing whiplash injury:

1. You notice an increase in stiffness or pain in the neck.

If you notice decreased range of motion in your neck or pain that is steadily increasing as the hours after the accident pass, you may be feeling the early effects of whiplash damage. Tenderness or pain in the arms or upper back may also accompany the neck pain.

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New Braunfels car crash attorneysWhiplash, which most often occurs in rear-end collisions, is usually a temporary injury. However, an estimated 25 percent develop chronic, debilitating pain that can last for months, sometimes even years. Sadly, these same sufferers are often accused of fraud, of “faking” their injuries or somehow trying to get more out of the insurance companies. Thankfully, science may have finally found a way to validate their injuries, and the cause.

Whiplash Still a Highly Misunderstood Condition

To date, medical and scientific understanding of whiplash has been limited. This is due, in part, to the lack of visible signs of injury in victims. Chronic whiplash is even less understood since most other body strains and sprains heal within a matter of weeks. In fact, most doctors must simply diagnose and provide treatment to the best of their abilities, despite truly knowing if chronic whiplash is the cause of their patients’ pain. A new study, conducted by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, could soon change all of that.

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A car accident can happen at any time, even while waiting for a stoplight to change or in a parking lot. It is far too common for whiplash to occur when a car is struck from behind. If it is a low impact collision, an insurance company might try to say that a person didn't sustain injuries to warrant a claim. However according to the Technology Associates Engineering Experts (TA), whiplash can occur even if there is no substantial damage to either vehicle. PamOften insurance companies will try to claim that 1/3 of such cases involving a low impact car accident are fraudulent rather than actual cases of whiplash. Their argument centers around that fact that the force of such a low impact is absorbed by the protection of the bumper and therefore, shouldn't cause the damaged claimed by the victim. However, based on their findings in low impact cases, the TA states that in fact whiplash is possible when a car is struck from behind at low impact. Whiplash as described by the Technology Associates Engineering Experts (TA) is the hyper extension of the neck due to impact. The person's torso is thrown forward while the head stays back resulting in a hyper extension. This can happen in a matter of a seconds, but can cause damage that last for months or longer. Because of the lack of damage to either vehicle, whiplash may be downplayed by the victim and insurance companies because overt signs of damage may not be apparent at first. A victim of a low impact car accident might even avoid a claim for fear of being viewed as a fraud. Whiplash is real and shouldn't be dismissed. If your vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle, you should seek medical attention. Then you should contact a Texas personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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