Any kind of neck and back injury is bound to be painful, cause serious medical issues, and cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to treat. And unfortunately, neck injuries occur more frequently than you might think. If you or a loved one has been in an accident that has caused any type of neck or back injury, do not hesitate to contact our office right away.
What Causes Neck Injuries?
Any type of accident can result in a neck injury, but certainly one of the most common causes of neck injuries are car accidents. Drivers and passengers, even if they are wearing their seat belts, are vulnerable to a neck injury if their vehicle collides with another vehicle on the road, especially at high speeds. A collision can cause drivers and passengers to be flung forward in their seats, which can often cause whiplash. This especially occurs during rear-end collisions, when your vehicle has been hit from behind by another vehicle.
Other common causes of neck injuries are when people fall, either from significant heights or from slipping or tripping on a slick or uneven surface. Falling from great heights can result in serious neck injuries if the victim lands on his or her head or back, or if the victim hits something else on the way down. Slipping or tripping often causes people to reach out and try to stop the fall with their hands, but this does not always prevent them from falling in a way that causes them to twist or hit their necks or collar bones.
Neck injuries can be caused by other types of accidents, too. It is not uncommon for someone who has been attacked and bitten by a dog to also suffer neck injuries from the attack, especially if the dog knocked them to the ground or bit their neck. In some cases, people have undergone medical treatment for other illnesses or injuries, but the doctor or surgeon made an error that caused the patient to suffer from some kind of neck injury or trauma.
But no matter what caused your neck injury, these injuries are extremely painful and can take a lot of time and money to fully recover. Our experienced Philadelphia neck injury attorneys recognize how stressful this situation can be, and we are ready and waiting to help you with your case.
What Are the Complications of Neck Injuries?
Different types of neck injuries can have different symptoms and complications, but unfortunately, most neck injuries are serious and involve a good deal of pain, as well as usually limiting the victims movement and function for some time, if not permanently. Whiplash, for example, is caused when the neck is jerked in one direction and then quickly in the other direction. It usually causes chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and even loss of some range of motion in your neck.
Other neck injuries have different complications. A pinched nerve in your neck can result from other neck injuries and causes shooting pain in the victims neck and arms. A strained or sprained neck, which can often result from car accidents or falls, can also cause pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, and other discomfort in your neck. A broken collarbone can be extremely painful and take a lot of time to heal, and a broken neck may cause paralysis or even cause death in serious cases.
All of these injuries require extensive medical treatment and may require lifelong medications and physical therapy. If you have been paralyzed or disabled as a result of your neck injury, you may not be able to return to work after you recover. Neck injuries consequently can present an enormous financial burdens to victims and their families, which is why having the assistance of a qualified Philadelphia neck injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Call a Philadelphia Back and Neck Injury Lawyer Today
Depending on who is legally responsible for your injury, your attorney will work with you to get you the compensation you are owed. This may mean talking to the responsible partys insurance company, or your own insurance company, to help you file a claim and to make sure that the insurance company does not try to offer you less than you deserve. It may also mean filing a court case against the person responsible for your neck injury.
All of these steps are time sensitive; most claims, including workers compensation claims and court cases, must be filed within a certain amount of time after the injury. That is why you should not hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys. Your lawyer will provide you with a free initial consultation at your home, hospital room, or at our office to ensure that you understand your rights and to talk you through the steps of filing and pursuing your claim.