Injuries to the neck often occur in car accidents, falls, construction accidents, and sports accidents, and can range from soft tissue injuries to fractured vertebrae to spinal cord injuries in causing quadriplegia. These are painful and often debilitating injuries that can severely restrict your activities, impacting your ability to work and enjoy life.
If someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or deliberate act caused you to injure your neck, you may be able to recover a monetary award to compensate you for your damages with the help of our neck injury attorney, serving Foley, Daphne, Mobile, and all of Alabama.
Types of Neck Injuries
- Neck sprain and strain is a result of tearing or overstretching of
the neck muscles or ligaments, the thick bands of tissue that support
the seven cervical vertebrae. When muscles and ligaments are abruptly
and forcefully contracted or stretched farther than normal, a neck
sprain or strain is the result. These painful injuries to the soft
tissue of your neck are referred to as hyperflexion-hyperextension
injuries or whiplash.
- Cervical radiculopathy is commonly called a pinched nerve. The
nerves around the cervical spine run through the shoulders and down the
arms, carrying sensations and electrical impulses to the arm and hand.
If a nerve is impinged or irritated, it can cause weakness, numbness, or
pain radiating from the neck into the parts of the body where the nerve
travels, which is called cervical radiculopathy.
- Herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped disc or ruptured disc,
occurs in a car accident, fall, or other injury that causes the
gelatinous material cushioning the area between the vertebrae to bulge,
pressing against the spinal nerves and causing severe pain, numbness,
tingling, and weakness from the neck into the arms and hands.
- A cervical fracture is a broken neck. This is a serious and
debilitating injury to any of the seven cervical vertebrae. Traffic
crashes, diving accidents, and certain falls can cause a broken neck,
which often results in paralysis or death when neck bones or bone
fragments injure the spinal cord.
- Spinal cord injuries in the neck area generally cause quadriplegia,
paralysis of the body below the point of injury, robbing the victim of
the use of all four limbs and frequently of the ability to breathe
without a ventilator. Spinal cord injuries are among the most
catastrophic and life-changing injuries, leaving the victim in need of
assistance with the most basic tasks and in need of lifetime care.
Signs That You’ve Injured Your Neck
A neck injury may not be immediately apparent when you’ve just been in a car accident, but will often develop over the next few hours or days. This is one reason you should never comment on whether or not you’ve been injured to the other driver, the police, or any insurance company representative.
Symptoms of neck injuries that we often see in the wake of a car accident or other trauma include:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or hands
- Restricted range of motion in your neck
- Muscle spasms in your neck
- Total loss of bodily sensation below your neck, indicating spinal cord damage
Experienced Lawyers Serving Alabama
Neck injuries can be extremely painful and can impose serious restrictions on your activities. They can be complex and challenging to prove. Soft tissue injuries don’t show up on x-rays, so it is especially important to have medical experts to document this type of injury.
At the other end of the spectrum is quadriplegia, a catastrophic injury for which you will need to be able to recover enough money to provide a lifetime of care. In any neck injury, you will need to have an experienced personal injury attorney working to get you the recovery you need and deserve.
Call the personal injury lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana today for a free case evaluation at (251) 444-7000
. We proudly serve Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Foley, Mobile, and all of Alabama.