Accident Advice Helpline categorise accident neck injuries into three groups. The groups are based on the severity of the accident neck injuries and help the personal injury lawyers dealing with the case to get an idea of the impact that the injury is having on the injured person’s life. All of the categories include people who have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault. They will all have their cases dealt with on a no win no fee* basis so they do not have to worry about huge up front legal costs.
Mild accident neck injuries
A typical example of mild accident neck injuries is a mild whiplash injury. This is often suffered in the classic ‘rear end shunt’ type of accident. When one car is stationary at a junction or at the approach to a roundabout another car sometimes hits them from behind. The driver and passengers in the first car are shunted forward with some force and their heads move towards the front of the car. The seatbelts stop the rest of their bodies from following but as the seatbelts hold the body the head carries on moving forward. It stops suddenly and is then flung backwards onto the head rest.
This stretches the soft tissues of the neck – soft tissues are tendons, ligaments and muscles. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all immediately after the accident but the injured person wakes up the next day with a very stiff and painful neck – they may also have a headache.
Moderate accident neck injuries
Whilst the majority of whiplash accident neck injuries are mild some are more severe. Most whiplash symptoms resolve (get better) by themselves with time. A physiotherapist can prescribe exercises that will help with the healing process. However, in a small number of people a chronic whiplash develops. These people are often in severe pain and discomfort. They have severe head and neck pain. They have numbness and pins and needles in their arms. The symptoms can carry on for some time and several physiotherapy treatments may be needed. A number of injured clients may develop symptoms of anxiety and depression and this can affect their ability to recover from the physical symptoms.
Severe accident neck injuries
Severe accident neck injuries are one of the most catastrophic injuries that the human body can suffer. They often follow a serious workplace accident such as a fall from a height, sporting accidents and very nasty car accidents. If the bones of the neck are broken then the spinal cord may also be affected. This is the large nerve running down the centre of the spine. If it is permanently damaged in the neck region then the injured person may be paralysed from the neck down. In some instances this paralysis is lifelong. This obviously has a devastating effect on the injured person and their family who will require major financial support to adapt their home and lifestyle. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work tirelessly to secure this for them. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.