Neck injuries often occur in road accidents that involve a collision at speed. As the car comes to a sudden halt, you are held inside the car by way of the seatbelt. However your head will keep moving at the speed the car was going at when the collision happened. This means your neck will likely suffer some kind of injury as a consequence.
Whiplash is the most common injury to occur in these circumstances. This is essentially a sprain of the muscles and ligaments inside the neck. It can be painful and feel stiff, but this may not occur immediately after the accident has happened. Other symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and difficulty in moving the neck are common too.
Can this injury lead to road accident neck injury compensation?
Many people have successfully been able to claim compensation after suffering from whiplash in a road accident. The key is to be able to prove the accident was caused by another person’s negligence. Once this is established it is generally easier to assess the likely amount of compensation that could potentially be won.
It is not just whiplash that could lead to road accident neck injury compensation claims however. This is certainly the most likely neck injury that would occur, but in rare cases other things could happen too. For example if an impact happens that results in a direct injury to the neck, i.e. by way of a deep cut or penetrating wound, this could potentially be life-threatening.
Paralysis may happen in isolated cases if the cervical spine is injured. Thus the amount of compensation that could be granted may depend on the nature and severity of the injury and its effects from that moment onwards.
Should you get legal advice?
It costs nothing to get legal advice if you find a company that offers no-obligation advice when you initially get in touch. Suffering through the effects of a road accident can be upsetting, traumatic and life-changing in so many ways.
If you think you may have a chance to seek some compensation for what you went through, it makes sense to find experts who can help.
This is why we would recommend calling 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team at Accident Advice Helpline. We could match you with one of our lawyers who has already won similar cases as well.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead