Car Accident Neck Injuries
The human neck is surprisingly vulnerable to injuries in a car accident. Although face and brain injuries garner most of the attention, a bad neck injury can be every bit as immobilizing. Victims can experience prolonged pain and possibly need surgery to ultimately correct the problems
At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our Indianapolis auto accident lawyers can spring into action to help our clients receive compensation. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can begin to get to work on your case.
This might be the most well-known neck injury. It affects ligaments in the neck, as well as soft-tissue in the upper shoulders and upper back. When a person is involved in an accident, their head can be thrown forward before snapping backwards. If the action is violent enough, then ligaments can become stretched, bruised, or torn.
Whiplash has many symptoms, including:
- Neck stiffness
- Ringing in their ears
- Visual impairment, such as blurred vision
- Memory difficulties
- Changes sleep patterns.
Symptoms sometimes take 24 hours or more to develop. Pay close attention to how you are feeling following an accident. Whiplash treatment has changed over the decades, with fewer doctors attempting to completely immobilize the neck. Instead, you might need physical therapy and massage to promote healing and gradually reintroduce range of motion.
Voice Box Injury
The voice box plays a central role in speech. If a person suffers injury to their larynx, then they might have vocal cord paralysis. As an example, a person could strike their larynx on the steering wheel or have the seat belt cut up under their neck.
This type of injury requires immediate attention, otherwise the loss of ability to speak could become permanent. Some victims also need surgery to treat the injury.
The vertebrae in the neck protect the spinal cord as it exits the brain. These bones can suffer damage in a violent car accident. For example, the cervical vertebrae could become cracked, or pieces of bone could chip off.
This injury is fairly common—about half of all spinal cord injuries involve a cervical fracture. A person can suffer intense neck stiffness and pain. If the spinal cord is injured, then a victim can become paralyzed from the point of injury.
A doctor will probably need to order imaging tests to diagnose a cervical fracture and might recommend immobilizing the neck. Surgery is also possible.
A nerve might become compressed because bone or soft tissue is pressing on it. The pressure must be relieved so that the nerve does not suffer permanent damage. If you feel pain anywhere in your neck, then head to the doctor’s immediately for diagnosis.
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Many of our clients miss months of work due to neck injuries, all the while incurring thousands of dollars for medical care. A lawsuit or insurance claim can provide critical compensation to help an accident victim weather the storm. If you need legal assistance, contact our law firm today. Our consultations are free and no risk.