Neck Injury – Car Accident Lawyer
Neck injuries are the most common type of car accident injury. Even a seemingly minor accident can cause damage to the neck and spine.
Neck injuries are one of the most common types of injury associated with car accidents in the United States. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. Even a seemingly minor accident can cause damage to the neck and spine.
There are many different types of neck injuries and the they can range from mild to severe. It is important to keep in mind that if you have damage to one part of your neck, you may have damage to other parts as well. This is because all the parts of the neck are connected by means of the bones, joints, nerves and soft tissues. All of these components work together to support and move your head.
The following are some of the most common types of neck injuries associated with car accidents:
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are due to soft tissue injuries. The soft tissues of the body are its muscles, ligaments and tendons. A majority of the time, neck injuries are limited to just the soft tissues. However, nearly every type of neck injury affects the soft tissues in the neck.
Some common symptoms of sprains and strains include aches and pains, joint pain and limited range of motion or flexibility. After a car accident these symptoms may develop immediately or may take several days before they become apparent. Some mild injuries will heal quickly and on their own. But more severe injuries to the soft tissues can take months to heal and may not heal properly without physical therapy or other types of medical attention.
In between the vertebrae in our spines there are rubbery cushions or discs. Think of the disc as a small jelly doughnut with a tough exterior. A herniated disc refers to the jelly-like substance pushing through the tough exterior. When this pushes out it often pushes on nerves and causes pain, numbness, weakness and discomfort. If this type of injury is not treated quickly, you may be left in chronic pain.
Whiplash injuries occur when violent motions force your neck into extreme positions. The word whiplash is not a medical term. Cervical acceleration-deceleration actually describes the injury. It is a hyperextension of the neck and is associated most commonly with auto accidents. In fact, it is one of the main injuries that are covered by insurance companies. We have experience helping those who have suffered a whiplash injury in all types of accidents.
Thousands of individuals suffer from whiplash car accident injuries every year. Many individuals believe their pain will go away and fail to seek proper medical attention immediately. This can lead to a lifetime of pain and other chronic conditions.
Neck Injury Symptoms
It is likely that some people may not even be aware of their neck injury after a car accident. This could be as a result of the activity of endorphins and adrenaline. Besides, occurrence of neck injuries may shift attention to arms, hands and other parts of the body. Therefore, pain in the arms, hands, and shoulders may serve as a pointer to neck issues. Headaches and neck pain as well as reduced mobility and muscle spasms in the neck are a cause for concern. You should also pay attention to signs of sluggish reflexes, weakness, and numbness in your arms and hands.
Contact St. Louis Neck Injury Lawyers
To learn more about how we can help people who have suffered a neck injury in an auto accident, call (314) 361-4242 or contact fill out our online contact form. Attorney Christopher Hoffmann will speak with you personally. Your initial consultation is always free and we do not charge attorneys fees unless we recover compensation for you.