It is very common for a person who hears about a neck injury – or who has one – to assume that neck injuries are not as serious as other types of injuries a person may sustain in a car accident. In fact, insurance companies have worked to attach a stigma to people faking whiplash and other neck injuries.
None of this makes sense. Think of it this way: The neck is both incredibly vital to everything the body does and very vulnerable. Your spinal cord runs right through the neck, and the neck is home to muscles, nerves, ligaments, bones, tendons, and major arteries. Why would an injury the neck automatically be assumed to be minor?
The truth about neck injuries
The truth is that an injury to the neck can impact just about everywhere in the body, from the head to the back, from the arms to the shoulders. If a person suffers from a neck injury, they could end up with a lowered range of motion, decreased quality of life, lifelong pain, and reduced earning capacity. If you have suffered a neck injury, whether temporary or chronic, no matter how minor or serious you may think it is, it is essential to get medical health and it is wise to talk to a personal injury attorney.
Common neck injuries
When a person is involved in an accident that injures the neck, said injury can happen in a number of ways. Some of the most common injuries to the neck include whiplash, a pinched nerve, neck sprain, and herniated disks. Neck injuries can also include broken necks, hearing loss, vision loss, damage to the spinal cord, limb impairment, stroke, and even paralysis.
Neck injuries are not always easy to spot: Lookout for these common symptoms
Not all neck injuries are easy to spot after an accident, in part because they often come on gradually. It is also easy for a person to assume that a neck injury is minor when in fact it requires immediate medical attention.
Some signs that a neck injury requires medical attention includes prolonged pain in the neck, headaches, pain in the upper back, lower head, shoulders, arms, or hands, a reduced range of motion, muscle spasms in the neck, or a weak feeling in the hands or arms. If a person experiences any of the following then they should seek immediate medical attention: sudden weakness / tingling in one side of the body, blurry vision, different sized pupils, slurred speech, drooping eyelids, sudden severe headache, feeling of doom, or sudden difficulty with normal movements in the arms, hands or legs.
Should you contact a personal injury attorney?
If you have been involved in an accident in which you injured your neck then a personal injury attorney could help you recover damages for that accident. The easiest way to know for sure if it is worth filing a lawsuit is to get a free legal consultation from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling 800-333-0000.