Today, car accidents are one of the primary causes of neck injuries in the United States. Over 80,000 neck-injury related car accidents are reported annually at a cost of approximately $5.2 billion. A neck injury often leads to extensive medical costs, long-term pain, and even life-altering disabilities. If you have been involved in a car accident resulting in a neck injury, you owe it to yourself to get the legal advice of a skilled Kansas City car accident lawyer to help you understand your rights.
The Neck Is Vulnerable To Injury
Despite all the safety equipment in our cars today, the neck is still not substantially protected in a car accident. While a seatbelt and airbags protect the torso, the head and neck are still subject to a lot of movement and damage at the time of impact. Accordingly, at the moment of collision, the neck may jerk back and forth or side to side. As a result, there may be injuries to the muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves in the spinal column. In addition, if you anticipate a collision, your body tenses which can cause even more muscle damage.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention Following A Neck Injury
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to get immediate medical attention even if you don’t suspect injuries. With a neck injury, symptoms may not be immediately apparent and can often appear hours or even days after the accident. After a car accident, it’s important to keep watchful for any signs of injuries. Accordingly, you should look for signs of pain or stiffness, radiating pain to shoulders, arms, and down to the hands. Additionally, any tingling sensations, numbness, weakness at the arms or hands, headaches, or dizziness.
Severity of Neck Injuries
Cuts, Bruises, and Lacerations
Upon impact, glass, debris, or other objects inside the car may fly around the interior of the vehicle, causing cuts, bruises, lacerations, and other injuries. Deep cuts can cause serious injuries to the head and neck region.
Whiplash is the common term for when the head and neck move forward and then conversely jerk backward. The movement is likened to that of a whip and can cause severe damage to the supporting connective tissues, muscles, and nerves in the neck.
Soft Tissue Damage
A car accident can cause tears, sprains, and can strain the supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck.
Slipped or Herniated Discs
A car collision can cause the discs in the spine to move out of place and compress nerves, causing pain and other symptoms at the neck, shoulder, and arm region.
Facet Joint Injuries
Facet joints in the spine stabilize the head and neck. Injuries to these joints affect movement and range of motion.
Neck fractures are severe and can cause intense pain. These can lead to further spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
If left untreated, neck injuries caused by a car accident can result in chronic pain and other issues long-term. Chronic neck and back injury can impact life quality for someone who has been involved in a car accident. Additionally, it can lead to many costly medical and rehabilitative interventions.
If you have suffered a neck injury in a car crash, having an experienced car accident lawyer in Kansas City is critical to ensure that you are fairly compensated by the at-fault party, both for present and potential future medical needs. At the Law Offices of Jamiel J. Peterson, P.C., we focus on your legal rights to compensation while you are focused on healing.
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights after a car accident injury. (888) 588-5717