If you have never suffered a neck injury, it is difficult to imagine just how debilitating it can be. You may even think of the comedy sketch character with their neck in a brace. In real life, however, a neck injury is far from a laughing matter. It is a very painful and debilitating experience and the long term effects of a neck injury can last for months and even years. Sadly, some neck injuries are so serious that the victim never makes a complete recovery and they are left to cope with permanent disabilities.
When you think about how you could develop a neck injury, the most common way would be in a car accident but neck injuries also happen when playing sports and at work. We have all heard of the term ‘whiplash’ – which describes an injury affecting the soft tissue of the neck and is suffered most often in road traffic collisions.
The muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck area are affected – they support the bones of the neck and allow movement. In the more serious types of neck injury, the bones of the neck (vertebrae) and the large nerve running down the centre of the spinal column (spinal cord) are also damaged.
What happens in a neck injury?
The symptoms of a neck injury can be very varied. If only the soft tissues are damaged, the victim will probably experience pain and a loss of movement. The symptoms are rarely confined to the neck alone. Many sufferers also get pins and needles in one or both arms, some numbness and headaches. In the more severe soft tissue neck injuries there may be dizziness as well. If the bones and spinal cord are damaged there could be permanent or temporary paralysis of the torso and limbs.
Treating a neck injury is a job for a specialist so it is vitally important that you seek medical attention straight after the injury occurs. A doctor will be able to thoroughly assess your injury and you may need x-rays or scans to assist with this. Treatment for very serious neck injuries will require extended stays in a hospital and perhaps in a specialist rehabilitation unit.Open Claim Calculator
If you have a milder, soft tissue injury, you may receive physiotherapy treatment. In general, milder injuries recover quicker if you can keep moving and complete the exercises that a physiotherapist recommends for you. Painkillers are very useful at this stage of recovery – provided it is safe for you to take them.
Claiming compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
Claiming for a neck injury is probably much easier than you think if the injury was not your own fault. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have a team of skilled personal injury lawyers who are experts in handling claims for neck injuries.
The cost of claiming for a neck injury need not be a concern as we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. You have nothing to lose by calling us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and having an informal chat about your injury.