Car accidents are often violent. When two vehicles collide, the result can be catastrophic for all of the passengers involved.
In particular, car accident neck injuries are extremely common during collisions, due to the transfer of force between the vehicles.
Car accident victims are often tossed around the car – and even when they wear their seat belts, their neck can be snapped back and forth causing serious trauma to the delicate vertebrae and surrounding tissue.
If this happens to you, contact an experienced attorney for help immediately.
Car accident neck injuries are usually serious because of their ability to result in long-term disability, pain, and reduced mobility. If the injury is severe enough, a victim can even become paralyzed.
Even seemingly minor neck injuries can easily turn into chronic conditions, resulting in a lifetime of pain and therapy.
Common Types of Neck Injuries
The most common neck injuries that occur in a car accident are:
- Cervical spinal cord severing (paralysis),
- Neck sprains,
- Herniated cervical discs,
- Neck fractures,
- Cervical dislocation,
- Neck muscle tears.
Whiplash is one of the most common – yet, most misunderstood neck injuries. Unlike other neck injuries, there is no definitive test to diagnose whiplash.
The damage is done to the tendons and ligaments of the neck, and can be difficult to spot – even on an MRI. Yet the pain and the stiffness you feel is very real.
Whiplash symptoms can range from mild stiffness and pain to more debilitating back pain, neck pain, and even reduced movement of the neck.
If undiagnosed and left untreated, whiplash can result in a lifetime of limited mobility, pain, and decreased quality of life.
Herniated Cervical Disc Injuries
A herniated cervical disc can be very debilitating. It is caused by tears in the discs during the accident.
When the disc tears, the soft substance inside of the disc is pushed out, putting pressure on the spinal cord.
This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, partial paralysis, and weakness in the arms and legs.
Proving Your Injuries to the Insurance Company
Unfortunately, neck injuries can be difficult to prove to insurance companies – especially when the injury fails to show up on an MRI or CT Scan.
As such, victims with neck injuries need an experienced lawyer on their side to establish their claim and fight aggressively with insurance companies.
Neck injury victims will need money to pay for physical therapy, medical appointments, and pain medications, as well as lost wages.