Neck injuries can cause severe and debilitating pain and limited range of motion. In many cases, a neck injury can be treated at home with pain medication, rest, and time. However, some neck injuries may require intensive medical treatment, including physical therapy and surgery. Some individuals may suffer permanent impairment or disability from a neck injury.
The Sacramento personal injury lawyers of The Tiemann Law Firm have extensive experiencing representing clients who have sustained a neck injury in an accident. If you are suffering from a neck injury, contact our law firm for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Three Common Types of Neck Injuries
There are many different types of neck injuries that you can sustain in an accident. Let’s discuss three of the common neck injuries our firm handles that result from accidents.
Herniated Cervical Discs
The cervical spine is comprised of the bones (vertebrae) and the discs between the bones in your neck. The discs between the vertebrae are filled with a gel-like fluid. A violent impact or movement can cause the outer covering of the disc to tear or rupture, which allows the gel inside to seep out. When this injury occurs in the neck, the injury is referred to as a herniated cervical disc.
Herniated cervical discs can cause a wide range of symptoms, including numbness, pain, tingling, and limited movement. The symptoms may be worse or debilitating if the person does not respond to treatment. Surgical intervention may be required in severe cases.
Whiplash is another common neck injury that can result from a variety of accidents. When the neck is “whipped” back and forth, such as in a rear-end car accident or fall, the resulting damage to the soft tissues in the neck can cause a variety of symptoms. Some individuals may experience neck stiffness, radiating pain, headaches, dizziness, back/shoulder pain, and tingling or burning. In severe cases, a person might experience problems with concentration, sleep disturbances, and limited range of motion.
In severe cases of whiplash, the neck may need to be immobilized with a neck collar, and the person may require physical therapy or surgery. Insurance companies treat whiplash as a “minor” injury that is often exaggerated by accident victims. It is best to seek legal counsel to protect your rights if you sustain any neck injuries.
Pinched or Damaged Nerves
The nerves in the neck can be damaged or “pinched” in an accident. The damaged to the nerves can result in shooting pains in the neck, shoulders, or arms. Many cases are temporary, and the damage heals with time and minor medical treatment. However, in severe cases, the trauma to the nerves may require physical therapy, medications, and additional time to heal.
Three Common Accidents That Cause Neck Injuries
Any accident could result in neck injuries. However, our law firm handles a variety of neck injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, falls, and workplace accidents or repetitive stress injuries. It is important to consult a personal injury attorney near you if you sustain a neck injury in an accident or at work. A third party may be liable for your injury and the resulting damages and losses.
An attorney can review your case to determine if you are entitled to compensation under California’s personal injury laws. You might be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages.
Call a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Case Review
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers.