Why Do You Need a Houston Whiplash Lawyer?

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Whiplash injuries can cause catastrophic harm to a person’s brain and spine. Injuries to the neck and back can be debilitating, interrupting an individual’s ability to work, take care of their children, and enjoy their life. A Houston whiplash lawyer from Pierce Skrabanek can help you secure the funds needed to move on.

Whiplash injuries are common in car accidents, but can also arise from various kinds of personal injury accidents. In incidents where the injury was caused by preventable negligence, sufferers of whiplash injuries may be able to file a claim for compensation. Those funds can help pay for medical care, replace lost wages, and provide financial stability for the future.

A whiplash injury occurs when the head and neck are thrown with such force that it causes damage. A person’s brain may impact the inside of their skull, causing a concussion or other traumatic brain injury. The ligaments, muscles, and tendons of the neck and back may sprain or tear, creating immense pain and sometimes permanent injuries.

At Pierce Skrabanek, our Houston whiplash lawyers can help assess your medical records, and investigate your accident to identify the responsible parties. We handle the work of building and litigating your case so that you can recover in peace. Contact us online or by calling (832) 690-7000 to discuss representation. Read on for more information on whiplash injury lawsuits.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Houston Whiplash Attorney Help You Secure?

Your Houston whiplash lawyer can help you recover various forms of compensation related to your injury, including:

  • Medical treatment expenses like emergency transport, x-rays and scans, surgery, medications, and follow-up physical therapy
  • Lost wages and other work-related benefits like health insurance coverage if you miss work or lose your employment due to your injury 
  • Pain and suffering damages experienced from the physical discomfort of your injury to the psychological harm caused by the stress

While some whiplash injuries have the ability to fully heal with time, rest, and proper medical treatment, some can lead to or exacerbate permanent injuries. 

For example, a whiplash injury to an elderly person during a nursing home accident could severely impair their mobility for the rest of their life. A whiplash injury combined with other injuries from a motorcycle accident could lead to full-body paralysis. 

The amount of compensation you receive will depend on what your lawyer can prove in negotiations with insurance reps or the other party's attorneys. For “invisible” losses like your enjoyment of life, it takes an experienced litigator with a network of proven expert witnesses to secure all that you are entitled to. The Houston whiplash lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek have the skills and resources you need — reach out to us today at (832) 690-7000.

What Kinds of Accidents Can a Houston Whiplash Injury Attorney Handle?

Examples of whiplash injury accidents that Pierce Skrabanek can handle include:

  • Rear-end, T-bone, and sudden-stop car accidents
  • Boating and bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Sports accidents from activities like football, skiing, and snowboarding
  • Rollercoaster and amusement park accidents
  • Physical assault or abuse

You can suffer a whiplash injury without impact. A sudden start/stop motion can cause whiplash, as can side-to-side jolt injuries (not just front-to-back). A wheelchair pushed too forcefully can cause whiplash to the person sitting in it. A near-fall from unsafe steps can also wrench a person’s neck and carry all the symptoms of a whiplash injury. 

After an incident in which your head was tossed about or your neck was yanked or injured, it’s important to seek medical evaluation. What feels like a minor injury at the moment may quickly worsen without proper aid. You may need a neck brace sized to fit your frame, or muscle relaxers to mitigate the tension in the area. Your pain may be masked by an adrenaline response, delaying pain symptoms until the next day or week when it may be excruciating. 

A formal medical diagnosis also creates evidence of your injury that can be highly useful in securing you justice through a lawsuit.

What Are the Short- and Long-Term Symptoms of Whiplash Injury?

The symptoms of a whiplash injury may include: 


  • Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability


  • Persistent pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Ongoing numbness or tingling in the limbs due to damaged nerves
  • Chronic headaches, vertigo, and vision problems that make tasks like driving/commuting difficult
  • Intermittent persistent tinnitus, also experienced by certain injured veterans who find it maddening
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, concentration issues, and mood changes that interfere with relationships

Long-term symptoms from your injury can lead to depression, anxiety, and other PTSD symptoms. You deserve to have all of your symptoms included as part of your settlement or damages reward in a whiplash injury lawsuit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is whiplash diagnosed?

Whiplash can be diagnosed by a medical professional by asking questions, performing a physical exam, and using diagnostic tools like X-rays, CT, or MRI scans. These are done to rule out other causes of pain, or to identify additional injuries that are contributing to your discomfort. Survivors of car accident injuries may have multiple injuries in addition to whiplash that need different types of treatment to safely heal.

To assess the extent of your whiplash injury, a whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) scale is commonly used to diagnose the grade and severity of whiplash injuries. This information will be enormously helpful to your lawyer as they build your case for injury compensation.

How does a lawyer prove that my injury is a result of the accident?

First, your lawyer will establish that a duty of care was owed by the party who caused harm. In a car accident setting, that means the other driver had a duty to drive safely. Then your lawyer will show how a failure in that duty caused the crash. Third, your lawyer will describe how that crash caused your injuries.

Once that chain of proof is established based on evidence from the scene and the actors involved, your lawyer then argues for fair compensation. He or she may provide receipts and testimony from experts to detail how much money is appropriate for your injuries.

What should I do if I am contacted by an insurance company?

The safest course of action is to obtain legal representation, and refer the insurance rep to your lawyer. Do not accept any upfront settlement offer without counsel. Do not sign anything before your attorney can review it. Do not give a formal statement of the accident before speaking with your lawyer.

If you have already interacted with an insurance representative, please provide those details during your initial legal consultation so the attorney can help advise you of your next options.

How long do I have to file a whiplash injury claim in Texas?

In Texas where Pierce Skrabanek is headquartered, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally 2 years from the date of the accident. If you don't file a lawsuit within that 2-year timeframe, you may lose your right to seek compensation completely.

To ensure that you don't miss the deadline for filing a claim contact the Houston offices of Pierce Skrabanek online or by calling (832) 583-1862 as soon as possible.