A common car accident injury is a neck injury. Because of the motion of the body in a car accident, it is quite common to suffer at least a minimum amount of damage to the neck. However, such a common injury can still be quite serious and can leave victims paralyzed or with other disabilities. If you suffered a neck injury because of another driver’s negligence, you could benefit from the services of a car accident lawyer.
What Kind Of Neck Injuries Are Common From Car Accidents?
Many common neck injuries include some combination of the following:
Neck sprain: A neck sprain occurs when the ligaments or tissue that connects the bones in the neck are strained. These injuries result in pain or stiffness in the neck.
Neck strain: This occurs when the muscles in the neck are strained or torn. This injury is also known as a pulled muscle and the effects include pain, stiffness and difficulty moving. Neck strains are more commonly known as whiplash injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occur in car accidents.
Cervical radiculopathy: This type of injury occurs when the nerves in between the disks are pinched. This can lead to weakness, inability to move and pain.
Herniated disk: This is also known as a slipped disk. These injuries occur when the cushion in between the disks moves, is pinched or is displaced in any way. This can create pressure on the nerves and can cause pain, numbness and tingling.
These are just some of the potential injuries of the neck that could be suffered in a car accident. Are you suffering from any of the above injuries because of an accident? Did your accident occur because of the negligence of another? If yes, then you could potentially receive compensation for the injuries you have suffered and the costs associated with your injuries.
Most neck injuries are accompanied by some of the following symptoms and side effects:
- Tingling in the arms or extremities
- Pain in the arms, hands and shoulders
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Muscle spasms
- Weakness and inability to move arms quickly
Treatments for neck injuries, much like those for back injuries, can consist of extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, severe neck injuries can result in paralysis or even death. If you are suffering from a neck injury, consider getting a case evaluation from a qualified Passaic County car accident lawyer. You may be eligible for a possible settlement if your injuries were a direct result of the negligence or poor driving of others.