Seeking Compensation for Neck Injuries

If you or your loved one has sustained a neck injury through someone else’s negligence, you can seek damages from the at-fault party. Speak with an experienced neck injury attorney about a claim for compensation.

What Are the Common Causes of Neck Injury?

The neck consists of skin, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and spinal discs. Damage to any of these tissues can cause pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion. The neck can be injured in many different types of accidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Sports injuries

How Can the Neck Be Injured in a Car Accident?

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of neck injuries. When a vehicle is hit from the side, the impact can cause a violent side-to-side movement of the neck. In a rear-end collision, the head and neck may be jerked forcibly into a forward and backward whiplike motion. Victims may suffer whiplash, a common neck injury in car accidents. In a serious collision, the force of impact can cause a slipped or ruptured disc in the cervical spine. A sharp object in the vehicle, such as a shard of broken glass, could cause neck lacerations. 

What Are the Common Types of Neck Injuries?

A serious accident can injure the neck in various ways. Common neck injuries in accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Pinched nerve
  • Paresthesia (tingling, numbness, or “pins and needles” sensation)
  • Slipped disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Sprains and strains
  • Neck fractures
  • Cervical spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations

What Are the Symptoms of Neck Injury?

Symptoms of neck injury can vary depending on the type of injury. Neck pain is a common symptom. Accident victims may experience pain that spreads from the neck to the jaw, head, shoulders, or upper arms. Catastrophic damage to the cervical spinal cord can cause paralysis in a condition known as quadriplegia, in which all sensation and ability to control movement are lost in the hands, arms, trunk, pelvic organs, and legs. Other less severe symptoms of neck injury may include:

  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling
  • Shoulder pain
  • Loss of sensation in the arms or hands
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

How Soon After an Accident Do Neck Injury Symptoms Appear?

Symptoms of severe neck injury, such as a fractured vertebra, are usually apparent immediately after an accident. However, symptoms of other neck injuries, such as whiplash, may take hours or days to appear. Victims with whiplash may not experience symptoms such as blurred vision or headaches for 24 hours or more after the accident. Most whiplash symptoms develop within days of the injury. 

How Serious Are Whiplash Neck Injuries?

Some accident victims who sustain whiplash improve within a few weeks without any lasting effects. For many others, however, pain can continue for months or years after the injury. High-speed collisions are more likely to cause long-term whiplash complications. Victims are more likely to suffer chronic pain with intense symptoms that begin rapidly and include severe neck pain, very limited range of motion, and pain that spreads to the arms. 

Should You See a Doctor for Neck Injuries?

It is essential to get medical attention as soon as possible after a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall, or other accident, even if you believe your injuries are minor. A thorough medical examination can accurately diagnose your neck injuries to rule out fractured bones or other serious issues. Medical treatment also serves to document your injuries for your claim for compensation. 

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Why Choose McCraw Law Group to Represent You?

Our seasoned neck injury lawyers at McCraw Law Group work hard to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. With more than two decades of experience, we have earned a reputation for trustworthiness and quality. We have designed a system that allows us to deliver unparalleled service and let the compassion of our team members show through. Contact us for skilled legal representation if you have suffered a neck injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault. 


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