If you have suffered a neck injury in a car accident in California, you may be looking at significant expenses for treatment including physical therapy, medications, medical equipment and sometimes, even surgery. Even if you suffer a relatively minor neck injury such as a strain, you may need to endure pain, get physical therapy and take time off work. If your injuries are more serious, you may be looking at significant financial repercussions.
If you suffererd a neck injury in a car accident, it is extremely important to obtain medical attention. Even if some time has passed, it’s important to treat your injuries.
You may think it would be better if you do not obtain medical attention, but, for the sake of obtaining compensation for your injuries, this may be the worst thing you can do!
Be on the lookout for symptoms such as neck stiffness, loss of mobility, headaches, dizziness, tenderness in the neck, chills/fever, pain that moves to the back or shoulder, exhaustion, numbness or tingling, memory issues, blurred vision or ringing in the ears. Do not postpone seeking medical attention. Reach out to a California car accident lawyer who can advise you about your legal rights and make sure all your losses are factored into your car accident claim.
This is a type of injury that is caused when the neck is whipped back and forth or overextended during a collision. Whiplash is one of those injuries whose symptoms might not surface right sway. However, they can be extremely painful and debilitating. They could lead to symptoms such as severe headaches and neck stiffness that could limit movement.
When a spinal disc slips or ruptures, it could push the surrounding nerves causing pain and issues with movement.
Neck strains might occur when the facet joint, tendons or muscles get stretched. Sprains are torn ligaments (soft tissue that connects bones). This could cause pain when you try to move your head or neck and cause you to experience muscle spasms and reduced mobility.
When damaged tissues, bones, or tendons move out of position and rub against or compress surrounding nerves, you could experience severe pain as well as tingling or numbness. Pinched nerves are commonly associated with muscle strain, sprain or disc damage.
A fractured cervical spine or broken neck is a very serious injury that requires emergency medical care. There is also the risk of paralysis or death as the result of a broken neck.
Discogenic pain usually stems from a vertebral disc that has been damaged due to neck trauma during a car accident. The pain could become worse over time with routine movements such as standing, stretching or bending. If it is not treated right away, discogenic pain may require surgery and other treatment. Physical therapy is usually needed to treat discogenic pain.
Facet joints are located in the spine between each pair of vertebrae. These joints allow us to perform movements such as twisting and flexing. Facet joint injuries may manifest in the form of dislocation, fractures, torn cartilage and inflamed joints. Symptoms of these types of injuries include difficulty standing up, pain, stiffness, muscle spasms and chronic pain.