Common Neck Injuries
Neck injuries resulting from accidents, falls, and other incidents can vary in type and intensity, depending on the injury and accident circumstances. Here are some common neck injuries:
Neck Sprains and Strains
Neck sprains and strains can be common in falls and occur when the ligaments, tendons, or muscles in the neck are injured. Symptoms can include stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion. While minor sprains and strains typically heal with rest, a severe neck sprain may require emergency medical help and immobilization.
Whiplash is a common injury when your head and neck are suddenly jerked forward and backward in a rapid, whip-like motion. This typically occurs in rear-end accidents. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash can also occur in attacks, sports accidents, and falls. Symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Neck stiffness
- Pain in the neck or shoulders
- Reduced function
- Numbness or tingling in arms
A herniated disc occurs when a spinal disc’s interior leaks or bulges out, causing pressure on the spinal canal. Herniated discs can be caused by a car accident or fall. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, and tingling. While treatment usually involves physiotherapy, severe cases may need surgery.
Neck fractures can range from mild to severe injuries and may require immediate medical help, including surgical intervention and stabilization. Symptoms include pain at the injury site, reduced range of movement, difficulty balancing, and others.
Spinal Cord Damage
A spinal cord injury in the neck is usually serious and can be fatal. It commonly occurs when a dislocation or vertebra fracture damages the spinal cord. Survivors may require life-long treatment and are typically permanently paralyzed below their injury.
If you have any of these injuries or symptoms after a work accident, fall, car crash, or another incident, seek trained personal injury lawyers to help you pursue a claim for recovery.
Causes of Neck Injuries and Whiplash
Minor neck injuries can be caused by daily activities, such as lifting something incorrectly or overextending. However, more serious neck injuries can be caused by the negligence of others, such as reckless drivers or property owners failing to maintain their premises. Common causes of neck injuries and whiplash can include:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Defective products, such as malfunctioning seatbelts or airbags
- Slips and falls
- Assaults and violent attacks
- Workplace accidents
- Fires and explosions
Severe neck injuries could cost you your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial stability. If someone else caused your injuries negligently, you could be entitled to compensation with a personal injury lawsuit.
You Could Qualify for Compensation
Neck injury and whiplash compensation will depend on the severity of your condition and its long-term effects on your career, health, and home life. Generally, victims could recover the following damages and others:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices, such as a neck brace
- Pain and suffering
After an accident, consult a personal injury attorney who can assess your accident, determine the worth of your case, and help you move forward with a compensation claim.
The Ammons Law Firm Can Help
If you experience a serious or chronic neck injury, you may require costly ongoing medical treatments and physical therapy. However, if another party is responsible for your injuries, they should pay for your damages and not you. Our attorneys are here to help. We can handle your legal case and fight for the compensation you deserve while you are healing from your neck injury and whiplash.
Don’t wait to seek legal help and advice, as the time to file a personal injury claim is generally limited. Contact us today for a free consultation to determine whether you can pursue compensation for your neck injury.
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