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Neck And Back Injury

Suffering a neck and back injury sets you up for a great deal of pain and impairment today, as well as in years to come. This means many effects on your daily living. These types of injury accidents cause problems for mobility, general health and even your state of mind. More often than not, these accidents are also the result of someone else’s negligence.

You have the right to pursue compensation for your medical costs, lost income and other damages after a neck and back injury. You can seek these damages from the party who caused your accident, even multiple parties with responsibility. This takes place through a bodily injury claim when you have a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Bodily injury claims are complex. So you need an attorney experienced in this particular realm of law, that of personal injury. Your attorney guides you through the processes to help you gain the highest possible compensation for your claim. This means either winning your case through a settlement or going to court for trial. Either way, your personal injury lawyer helps protect your rights and interests, ensuring you achieve your case goals.

Negligence Causes Many Common Neck Injuries

Many people in the U.S. are familiar with whiplash. This type of neck injury actually includes a range of injuries caused by sudden head motion. Jerking of your head forward and back or side-to-side overextends it beyond its typical capability. This motion causes sprains or strains, also causing the pain of the resulting whiplash injury.

More than 120,000 people in the United States suffer whiplash each year, being seen in hospital emergency departments for these injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these injuries occur for 328 people each day. Most of these people suffer whiplash after an auto accident, particularly accidents involving rear-end impact. But other causes of whiplash include sports injuries, physical assault or abuse.

Whiplash neck and back injuries usually start showing symptoms within 24 hours after the accident. Symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Poor muscle strength
  • Difficulty moving your neck or head
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Arm pain or numbness
  • Sleep problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Ruptured disks
  • Irritability
  • Reflex problems
  • Ear ringing

Treatment for Your Neck and Back Injury

Most whiplash injuries heal within a matter of weeks. But you may suffer residual pain and symptoms for years. Many victims of whiplash continue suffering pain as a chronic condition, making daily living miserable. In those circumstances, you have few remedies outside of highly addictive pain medication known as opioids.

Treatment for your neck and back injury may include:

  • Opioid painkillers
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Regular exercise and stretching

Getting Help When Negligence Causes Your Injuries and Other Damages

Negligence is often at the root of neck and back injury accidents. In these cases, responsibility for claim payment falls onto the party or parties acting in a negligent manner. When you suffer an accident and injuries with someone else at fault, you may be owed for medical expenses, lost income and other costs.

Through a personal injury lawsuit you can gain the compensation you need while also ensuring the responsible parties are made aware of how their actions affect others. This helps prevent other people from suffering the damages you have. It also helps you gain important treatment and other resolution.

You likely feel overwhelmed by your neck and back injury now. But remember that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. To get the compensation you truly deserve, you need the help of an experienced neck and back injury lawyer.

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