A neck injury causes not only tremendous pain and discomfort, but it can also significantly restrict a person’s movement. A neck injury could involve the spinal cord, soft tissue, or muscles in the neck. Certain neck injuries occur more frequently than others and are often reported after car accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and other unexpected incidents.
Five of the most common neck injuries that our attorneys help accident victims with include:
- Neck Sprain — A neck sprain involves injuries to the ligaments that hold bones together, and sprains could be the result of falls or sudden twists to the neck. A neck sprain could be mild, moderate, or severe, and symptoms can vary. Common symptoms include pain, headaches, and muscle spasms. Minor and moderate sprains are often treated with rest and icing the injury, but severe sprains can require more complex treatment.
- Whiplash-Associated Disorders (WAD) — Whiplash is often associated with rear-end car accidents, as victims can have their heads thrown forward and then back, placing tremendous stress on the neck. WAD is not a medical diagnosis but refers to episodes that can lead to other diagnoses such as sprains or herniated discs. Symptoms of WAD may include stiffness, numbness, and dizziness.
- Herniated Disc — The cervical spine in a person’s neck is one of the more common locations for a herniated disc, which involves the nucleus pulposus, the soft filling at the center of the intervertebral disc, escaping. The nucleus pulposus acts as a shock absorber, so a herniated disc frequently results in a person feeling pain or experiencing nerve-related symptoms.
- Neck Fracture — Fractures are, quite simply, breaks. Therefore, a fractured neck involves breakage of a cervical bone. Neck fractures could be the result of a sudden strong impact. Elderly people who have more brittle bones are at a higher risk for neck fractures.
- Stingers and Burners — A stinger or burner is a temporary injury that involves some searing pain. Injuries to the spinal nerve root or brachial plexus could result in burning or stinging in one arm. People should seek medical attention when a stinger lasts longer than a couple of minutes.
Talk to a Houston Personal Injury Attorney About Your Neck Injury
If you have suffered a neck injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the dedicated attorneys at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian want to help you. Our experienced Houston neck injury attorneys can investigate your accident, determine who should be held responsible, and demand full compensation for your losses. This may include payment for past and future medical expenses related to your neck injury, lost wages, a reduction in earning capacity for the future, as well as pain and suffering.
Call our knowledgeable Houston neck injury lawyers at (713) 842-9492, fill out our online contact form, or chat with us live online to schedule your free and confidential consultation.