Neck injuries can cause substantial limitations in many areas of a victim’s life. Not only can severe neck injuries result in a permanent loss of mobility, but they may also leave victims struggling with pain that can prevent them from engaging in the activities they normally enjoy.
If you suffered severe neck injuries in an accident, you need an Atlanta neck injury attorney to help you seek compensation. Contact Cambre & Associates, LLC to learn more.
Understanding Neck Injuries and Their Impacts
Neck injuries can come in a variety of forms. You may suffer from:
- Neck fractures, which can, in severe cases, result in paralysis
- Neck sprain
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
Neck injuries can be a result of a slip and fall accident, a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident or any type of blunt force trauma to the head or neck. Sometimes, neck injury victims realize that they have suffered injuries immediately. In other cases, however, you may discover your neck injury long after the initial accident when pain takes longer than anticipated to resolve. Depending on your neck injuries, you may suffer from some symptoms that can impact your life.
Stiff Neck/Difficulty Moving Your Neck
Often, neck injuries can make it very difficult to move your neck or turn your head. In sports or athletic settings, you may not participate normally since your injury can make it difficult for you to see what happens around you. Neck stiffness can also interfere with your ability to drive a car safely since you will need to turn your entire body to check your blind spot or to observe what happens around you. A stiff neck can also make it difficult for workers to complete their jobs, whether they sit behind a desk or work in an active job.
Neck pain can make it difficult to engage in many daily activities: driving, exercising or even working. For some victims of serious accidents, neck pain may increase with movement, stretching, and exercise. Others may find that pain worsens when they have to sit in the same position for a long time. A little pain resulting from minor whiplash may resolve within a relatively short time. Victims with more substantial injuries, however, may find that neck pain lingers long-term.
While neck injury pain occurs in the neck, it can also travel quickly to the head, causing headaches. For some people, headaches can cause debilitating symptoms that make it difficult to participate in normal activities, including taking care of work tasks or caring for family members.
Weakness in the Arms, Legs, or Fingers
In some cases, neck injuries can cause weakness in other areas of the body. Frequently, the weakness travels down the spinal cord and may occur in different areas of the body depending on the victim’s injuries. The more serious the injury, the more serious the weakness may grow over time. This weakness can make it incredibly difficult for the victim to take care of his usual tasks. Some people find themselves growing fatigued more easily or struggling with the overall lack of strength.
What to Do About Neck Injury Symptoms
Immediately after any type of serious accident, especially one that involves any type of blunt force trauma to the head or neck, seek medical care. Often, medical attention can make all the difference in your eventual recovery.
You may not notice neck injury symptoms immediately after the accident, even if you suffered severe injuries. Sometimes, the adrenaline from the accident can conceal the immediate pain. Other times, you may not have immediately obvious symptoms associated with the injury. Seeking medical attention immediately can help you diagnose and treat the injury, which may make it easier for you to recover. Not only that, a trip to the doctor can help establish when your injuries took place, which can make it easier for you to file a personal injury claim if someone else’s negligence caused your neck injuries. If you do not seek medical attention immediately after your accident, pursue medical attention as soon as you notice neck injury symptoms.
Report the accident, if needed. If you slip and fall in a store, notify the store workers. If you have an auto accident, notify the police about the accident. By reporting the accident, you establish when it happened and can increase your odds of receiving your rightful compensation.
Finally, if another party’s negligence caused your neck injury symptoms, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
An Atlanta Neck Injury Attorney Can Help
An Atlanta neck injury attorney can help you pursue your rightful compensation for your injuries and give you a better idea of how much compensation you should expect. Also, an experienced attorney can help you determine who caused your accident, including cases in which multiple parties share liability, our experienced attorneys team offer representation in many areas, including:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Lyft & Uber Accidents
- Taxicab Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Nursing Home and Elder Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Dog Bite Accidents
- Workers Compensation
- Negligence Attorneys
How do I know I suffered a severe neck injury?
Always pursue medical attention after an accident so that you have a doctor’s report concerning the severity of your injuries. You may realize that a neck injury is severe because you have sharp, persistent pain that does not resolve within a few weeks of the accident. If you notice weakness, loss of mobility, or severe pain, see a doctor immediately. Once you have a diagnosis, contact an attorney to learn more about the compensation you deserve following your neck injuries.
How much compensation can I receive in a neck injury settlement?
The compensation you receive for a neck injury settlement may vary. Typically, you will receive compensation based on the extent of your injuries. A personal injury claim includes compensation for the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, and pain resulting from the accident. The more severe your injuries and, in most cases, the more medical care you need to treat them, the more compensation you can request.
When should I worry about neck pain?
Always see a doctor if you have any neck pain worries after an accident, especially one caused by another party’s negligence. The sooner you receive a full medical evaluation of your injuries, the better your odds of making a full recovery. You should always seek medical attention if neck pain lingers for more than six weeks, comes along with fatigue, or increases with light contact.
Contact Cambre & Associates Today
If you suffered serious neck injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, Cambre & Associates can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your right to compensation.
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