Neck injuries are among the most common ailments stemming from vehicle accidents, and they can be anything from minor soft tissue injuries, to whiplash, to herniated discs. In a collision, your neck can be thrust violently back and forth, potentially damaging nerves, discs, muscles, and tendons.
Common Neck Injuries
The most frequent types of vehicle accident neck injuries include:
- Strains. When the muscles in the neck become stretched or torn, the result is commonly known as a pulled muscle, or neck strain. Common symptoms include stiffness, shoulder pain, and fatigue. Neck strains are typically treated with pain relievers, gentle exercises, and massage.
- Sprains. A neck sprain occurs when ligaments in the neck become stretched or torn. Along with strains, sprains are sometimes referred to as whiplash. Typical symptoms of cervical sprains include pain, swelling, headaches, and dizziness. Treatment options include pain relievers, physical therapy, and traction. Most people recover within six weeks, but symptoms can persist for over a year.
- Herniated discs. Herniated discs are caused by rapid neck motion that puts too much pressure on a disc. Herniated discs are also sometimes referred to as ruptured or slipped discs. When these discs press against the spinal cord or nerve roots, they can create numbness, weakness, or pain in the neck and arms. Herniated discs are typically treated with bedrest and pain medication, though surgery may be required if a disc is pressing against a nerve.
- Pinched nerves. Herniated discs, along with bone spurs, can lead to an irritated or pinched nerve. Common symptoms include pain, tingling, and numbness. Herniated discs are treated with pain relievers and steroids, bedrest, and physical therapy.
Compensation for a Vehicle Accident Neck Injury
Neck injuries can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. They can also interfere with social activities and lead to significant medical bills. A qualified attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve, including money for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve experienced neck injuries as a result of a vehicle accident, you need professional representation to protect your recovery. To learn more, contact the Cain Law Firm by using the form on this page.