June 26, 2020

Neck Injuries from Car Accidents

Neck injuries get a bad reputation in the insurance world. They tend to be overlooked and not taken seriously because they are so common. However, the neck is one of the most vital parts of your body. The film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” said it best when a character explained marriage with this metaphor: “The man is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants.” Even pop culture understands the influence the neck has on the rest of the body. Do not let anyone fool you. A neck injury from a car accident should be taken seriously and is worthy of financial compensation. 

Why is the Neck Important?

As the upper part of the spine, the neck has the potential to affect all the other components of one’s spinal column. The spinal column is made up of several vertebrae that are separated by individual discs. Additionally, the nerves that control your hands, shoulders, and arms run up and through your neck.

How do I Know if My Neck is Injured?

Pay close attention to what your body is telling you, and do not waste time seeing a medical professional. Generally speaking, you may experience some level of pain in your neck, shoulders, or back. A tingling feeling or a limited range of motion may also be signs of an injury. More specific signs may signal more serious injuries. For example, a neck injury can affect your nervous system and you may notice changes in your eyes or facial features. Your vision may blur or you may begin to experience sudden migraines. No matter the symptoms, consider them to be serious until a medical professional tells you otherwise.

What Type of Neck Injuries Exist? 

Neck injuries are not limited to the common term “whiplash” and may include:

  • Sprains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Slipped discs
  • Damage to spinal cord
  • Broken neck
  • Artery dissection
  • Loss of hearing/vision
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis

Your Next Steps After a Neck Injury

If you suspect a neck injury after being injured, seek medical help promptly to prevent further damage. Take photos of any bruises or cuts you suffered, and keep a journal of the amount of pain you experience each day. Be up front and honest with your doctor and be sure to follow their advice on treatment.

Be sure to find an experienced personal injury lawyer who deals with neck injuries regularly. Provide any photos from the accident, a journal of your pain, and medical notes from your appointments with your doctor. Focus on getting better and let your lawyer deal with the headaches that come from handling your case with the insurance company and in court.  At Amicus Legal Group we handle all kinds of accident cases, from small to large, and we treat each client’s case as if it were our own.  For more information or to set a no-obligation consultation, give us a call at (888) 588-1777.