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Whiplash is a serious injury that can occur as a result of any strong blow to the head. It does not require a high-speed impact to manifest, often appearing after low-speed vehicular accidents and minor falls. Commonplace, whiplash makes up 80% of car crash injuries. If a negligent driver or operator caused you to suffer whiplash as the result of a preventable accident, then you have the right to seek full and fair compensation for the harm you have suffered.

If you or a loved one is experiencing neck strain or whiplash symptoms, Sneed|Mitchell LLP can help. Our Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth Whiplash Injury Lawyers have recovered millions for victims and help everywhere in Texas. Call us today at (866)434-0014, or fill our contact firm and a lawyer will call you now.

What is Whiplash?

“Whiplash” describes painful and sometimes debilitating neck (cervical) injuries that result when an impact stretches the head beyond its normal range of motion, straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Extreme cases of whiplash can even cause fractures to the neck vertebrae. Although a full recovery from whiplash is likely, such injuries are painful and may necessitate prolonged absence from work and other routine activities in order to recover.


Whiplash can occur at almost any speed, even in vehicles traveling as slowly as 25 mph.


The most severe whiplash injuries lead to traumatic brain injuries. A doctor will examine those injured by whiplash with both a physical exam and an X-ray or CT scan. In severe cases, doctors may examine and monitor brain function to ascertain whether or not the injury caused brain damage. With acceleration/deceleration injuries, the brain may swell, leading to potentially life-threatening bruising and bleeding.

What Does Whiplash Feel Like?

Symptoms of whiplash usually appear within 24 hours after the initial injury, although in some cases symptoms can take a few days to manifest. They can then last for several weeks. 


According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms include:


  • neck pain and stiffness

  • headaches, specifically at the base of the skull

  • dizziness

  • blurred vision

  • constant weariness


Less common symptoms associated with chronic whiplash include:


  • problems with concentration and memory

  • ringing in the ears

  • inability to sleep well

  • irritability

  • chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or head


You should follow up with your doctor immediately if:


  • your symptoms spread to your shoulders or arms

  • moving your head is painful

  • you have numbness or weakness in your arms

Diagnosing A Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration (CAD) Injury


Cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries commonly damage the deep anterior neck muscles. When a muscle is "strained," it is slightly torn. When a ligament is "sprained," it is stretched or torn. A sprained ligament in the neck can be incredibly painful, as the ligature in the neck region is responsible for maintaining a comfortable curvature in the cervical portion of the spine. Most neck injuries of this nature will involve micro-tears, but more serious hypertension will result in larger tears and even fractures. Many car accident victims, even after healing, will experience what is known as "myospasm"--the sudden and involuntary contraction of a group of neck muscles. These spasms can often be debilitatingly painful.

Whiplash From a Front-End Auto Accident

Front-impact crashes carry an increased potential for severe injury and death. Whiplash resulting from a head-on collision can cause hyperextension of and damage to the upper cervical spine. These severe strains can leave a victim suffering from tension headaches, migraines, and even vision problems for some time, even after the neck has healed. In addition to the direction of the crash, the size of both vehicles can have a tremendous impact on both the nature and severity of a victim’s injuries. Furthermore, while airbags are required in vehicles for safety purposes, when deployed the force of their impact can cause additional injuries.

How Emotional Distress Disorder Often Accompanies Whiplash

A 2019 study published within the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) found that 25% of those with whiplash following a crash also meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. Researchers believe that dual events of a high impact trigger and subsequent chronic pain cause the constellation of stress-related symptoms known as PTSD. In addition, victims with moderate to severe pain six months after the whiplash injury showed significant symptoms of PTSD within the first month after the accident, indicating a correlation between the physical and emotional impact of vehicular accidents. 

The Ways Our Clients Whiplash Injuries

Our team of nationally recognized attorneys in Texas has achieved a record of significant results in a wide range of injury cases:

Our broad scope of litigation includes the following:

  • Car accidents

  • Bicycle accidents

  • Motorcycle crashes

  • Pedestrian accidents

  • Daycare injuries

  • Truck collisions

  • Offshore accidents

  • Construction injuries

  • Hotel injuries

  • Tooling injuries

  • Child injuries

  • Defense Base Act injuries

  • Dog Bite Injuries

  • Falling objects

  • Aviation accidents


Our lawyers investigate cases carefully to ensure your receive the best recovery possible. More than just simple negligence actions, we bring suits against even the manufacturer, distributor, and governmental units. Your complete recovery is in the best hands, with us.

Contact a Texas Whiplash Injury Lawyer Today For Help


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