Even though many people associate neck injuries with rear-end crashes, you can sustain a neck injury in any car crash that causes your head violently snap in any direction. Neck injuries in car crashes can result in chronic pain and limited range of motion. In addition, neck injuries can also cause dizziness, headaches, shoulder pain, numbness in the arms and hands, and problems with memory and concentration.
It is Important to Seek Treatment for Your Neck Injury
Neck injuries typically do not have outward signs of trauma because the damage is internal. However, the injury is as real as an injury that results in bruises, broken bones, lacerations, or other outward indications of an injury. Because of the lack of outward trauma, insurance companies often deny an injury claim. The company may claim that the neck injury is not as severe as the victim claims and the pain they claim is exaggerated.
To protect your legal rights, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Documenting your neck injury is very important. A physician can diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan. It is important that you follow your physician’s treatment plan and attend all follow-up appointments. By attending your follow-up appointments, your doctor can document the severity of your injury, including your pain and any restrictions on your activity because of the neck injury.
Can You Recover Compensation for Neck Injuries?
Under California law, an accident victim may seek compensation for injuries, losses, and damages arising from a car accident. The victim must prove the other party caused the crash to collect compensation. An injury claim seeks compensation for financial damages, pain, and suffering. For a neck injury, examples of damages that might be compensable include:
- The cost of medical care, including doctor’s bills, physical therapy, and medications
- Loss of income, including future lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental anguish, including loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent impairment or disability
The amount of compensation you might receive for a neck injury depends on numerous factors. The total of your financial damages is one component we use to value an injury claim. Valuing your pain and suffering damages is a bit more complicated because pain and suffering are subjective. However, we can use your medical records and other evidence to help substantiate your claim for pain and suffering damages. It is crucial that we build a strong and convincing case for full compensation of all damages.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
Neck injury cases can be difficult. Insurance companies do not want to pay claims if they can find a way to avoid it. Insurance companies often challenge accident claims involving a neck injury. However, working with an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney who has experience handing neck injury claims may be your best chance for recovering fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule your free consultation with a Sacramento car accident attorney. We want to help you recover the money you deserve for your accident. Regardless of whether you can “see” an injury or not, you deserve to be compensated when a negligent driver causes an injury.