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Whiplash Lawyer in Virginia

Do you know when it’s time to hire a whiplash lawyer? As one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents, many assume it isn’t worth seeing a doctor or speaking to a whiplash accident attorney about. However, it should be treated like any other injury and may qualify for legal compensation.


As one of the nation’s leading brain injury and spinal cord injury law firms, The Smith Law Center offers comprehensive legal counsel for victims of whiplash and other neck injuries. We understand how to make the most of your claim and fight for no less than what your family deserves.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our whiplash lawyers for a complimentary legal consultation at any time to learn what your potential case may be worth. You can reach us by phone at (757) 695-9108 or simply by filling out the form below.

Related Case Results

Below are just a few examples of the case results we have achieved for our clients.

Jury Awards $685,000.00 to Man for Neck Injury
Awarded:  $685,000.00
In Car Wreck HAMPTON, Virginia – A jury awarded our client $685,000.00 for a neck injury due to a car wreck.

Award to School Librarian for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Awarded: $4,750,000.00
In Auto Wreck HAMPTON, Virginia – A company paid $4,750,000.00 to a school librarian for her mild traumatic brain injury due to an auto wreck.

Woman With Mild Head Injury
Awarded $1,975,000.00
After First Day of Trial RICHMOND, Virginia – A Maryland woman suffered a mild head injury after an auto accident.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a non-medical term referring to hyperextension (sharp backward motion) and hyperflexion (sharp forward motion) affecting the soft tissue around the cervical spine. It is caused by the sudden acceleration and deceleration associated with car wrecks that force the head rapidly back and forth.

Almost 3 million Americans suffer from whiplash each year, states SpineUniverse, with car accidents being the most common cause of whiplash. Falls and sporting accidents follow.

Symptoms of Whiplash

A female African-American passenger braces her neck in pain as she opens the car door after an accident. A whiplash lawyer can ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been in an accident and walked away feeling relatively unscathed, it does not necessarily mean you haven’t been injured. This is why it’s important to seek medical advice immediately following any accident, whether you feel pain or not. Symptoms might not appear right away and can worsen over time.

If you experience any of the following symptoms after an injury, you could be suffering from whiplash:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Hoarseness
  • Depression
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Headaches starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, or upper back of arms
  • Tightness or spasms of the muscles in the neck or upper back
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

Be careful to take note of all symptoms you’re experiencing. This isn’t only important for your medical records, it’s also important for when you speak with a whiplash lawyer.

When to See a Doctor After a Whiplash Accident

A doctor examines a man in a blue shirt for whiplash injuries with one hand lifting his arm and the other on his neck.

Seeing a doctor immediately following your injury is critical for documenting pain, suffering, and damage. You should see a physician even if your symptoms are mild. It’s also best to diagnose and treat whiplash as early as possible because it may be worse than you realize.

If you plan to seek damages for a neck injury in any form, medical documents provide proof of your injuries and show you were diligent in receiving treatment for them. This will be important for your whiplash claim.

Many people fail to seek medical treatment after a whiplash injury. This can impact their long-term recovery and cause complications. Make sure you see a doctor to ensure a whiplash lawyer can build the strongest case possible on your behalf.

Treatment for Whiplash

Whiplash after a car accident can be treated with over-the-counter remedies. Physical therapy or chiropractic care is often helpful when symptoms continue.

Common treatments include:

Medications. Initially, over-the-counter medications may be sufficient to treat the pain associated with whiplash. At times, patients may require prescription medications to deal with the pain.

Heat or ice. Treatments like heat and ice should be applied to the neck for the first few weeks after a mild whiplash injury.


A closeup of the backside of a woman holding an ice pack to her neck. Common treatment for whiplash includes applying heat or ice to the neck area.

Muscle relaxants. Taking muscle relaxants can help whiplash victims manage pain and treat insomnia.

Injections. People who suffer from whiplash may also be treated with epidural steroid injections, which are more effective when combined with an exercise or physical therapy program to build strength in the neck muscles. The injection is applied to the epidural space, the area around the membrane that covers the spine and nerve roots.

Physical therapy. Many people who suffer from whiplash will undergo a course of physical therapy. Physical therapy strengthens the injured muscles and tendons.

Wearing a foam collar. In some cases, doctors will prescribe a foam collar to stabilize the neck. The collar should only be worn a few hours a day.

Depending on the severity of your neck injury, more tests may be required. For example, if you’re experiencing abnormal sensations or tingling, nerve damage may be present.

A Virginia personal injury lawyer can advise you on what to do if you suffer a whiplash injury. Insurance companies typically lowball accident victims by offering them less than what they are actually entitled to. To be certain you receive an accurate estimation of your case value, you should speak to a whiplash accident attorney as soon as possible.

What is Chronic Whiplash?

When whiplash symptoms last longer than 6-12 months it is considered chronic whiplash, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Chronic whiplash is more commonly associated with serious car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.

Most whiplash injuries heal within weeks. However, when the injury goes untreated, pain and discomfort can linger for months or even years. Long-term complications can impact the sufferer’s quality of life and lead to lost income. For example, permanent back pain from chronic whiplash can limit job opportunities, while symptoms like insomnia and hearing problems can diminish a person’s mental or emotional well-being.

Signs of Chronic Whiplash

Beyond the typical symptoms of whiplash, chronic whiplash will show symptoms such as:

  • Jaw pain
  • Episodes of dizziness
  • Chronic lower and upper back pain
  • Severe and frequent headaches
  • Weakness and numbness in the arms and legs
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hearing issues and ringing in the ears
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings

Chronic whiplash can significantly interfere with one’s life and well-being. To make sure you don’t have to deal with the projected costs and treatment, it is highly recommended that you speak with a whiplash lawyer about your rights.

How a Whiplash Accident Attorney Can Help

A female physical therapist performs a shoulder stretching exercise on a male lying on his side. Severe whiplash may require more extensive treatment such as physical therapy

When you’ve been physically hurt because of another’s mistake or careless actions, you shouldn’t be responsible for covering the resulting costs for recuperating. Put simply, an attorney can help you receive compensation to help you manage your injury and make a full recovery.

Putting a whiplash lawyer on your side provides benefits you can’t afford to miss if you want the best possible recovery. An experienced attorney will know how to secure maximum compensation for your injuries to cover expenses such as:

  • All related medical bills
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Lost wages due to inability to work
  • Loss of projected income
  • Pain and emotional suffering
  • Long term treatment, if necessary

Before you make any decisions after a whiplash injury, speak to an attorney to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Mr. Smith did everything he promised and more. He comforted me when I was worried and fought hard for me. He was my friend. I have already recommended a co-worker to The Smith Law Center and will speak very highly of your firm when asked about my case for years to come. Mr. Smith is truly an asset to your firm, as he is a terrific person and attorney. Thanks for the excellent representation.
– Joe

Contact a Virginia Whiplash Lawyer

You are a simple phone call away from receiving invaluable legal counsel with the whiplash attorneys at The Smith Law Center. Our firm offers free, private legal consultations to help you understand your options with a zero out-of-pocket fee promise. We’re so confident we can help your family that we only collect a fee if we successfully secure compensation on your behalf.

Consider that not all personal injury law firms are alike. When you work with The Smith Law Center, you gain 100+ years of combined experience and the knowledge of a team that has helped secure over $1 billion for injured Americans.

Contact the Virginia whiplash accident attorneys at The Smith Law Center today by calling (757) 695-9108.

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If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

Mold in Military Housing

Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

You may receive financial compensation for:

Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

  • Allergies,
  • An underlying lung disease,
  • Immune suppression,
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
  • Asthma, or
  • Another chronic respiratory disease.

Common Types of Military Housing Mold

When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

  • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
  • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
  • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

Other Hazards in Military Housing

Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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