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February 14, 2017

Information Regarding Neck Injuries

Personal Injury Lawyers in Philadelphia

There are many different parts of the neck that can be easily injured, including bones, joints, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Your bones or soft tissue can be damaged, sprained, strained, or torn, resulting in serious pain and limited mobility of your head, shoulders, and arms.

Too many people ignore neck pain and delay seeking the treatment they need because they believe the pain will subside and that their injury is not serious enough to see a doctor. In reality, however, neck injuries can take a toll and have many effects on your life if they are not properly treated. The following is some additional information regarding neck injuries.

Common Causes of Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they can result from overuse or even sleeping on the wrong pillow. In other situations, neck injuries happen because of an accident caused by a negligent person or company. Some preventable accidents that can cause neck injuries include the following:

  • Auto accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries

Neck Injury Symptoms and Effects

Following any type of accident, you should keep an eye out for any symptoms that may indicate that your neck has been injured. Such symptoms can include:

  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness
  • Lack of mobility
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches

Even dull pain in your head, neck, or shoulders can wear you down easily. In addition to the physical pain and impairments of neck injuries, dealing with chronic and ongoing pain can also have an effect on your mental and emotional health. If left untreated, people with neck injuries may become depressed and may avoid their usual activities.

Furthermore, neck pain can keep many people from performing their job duties. They may have to take time off from work until their neck feels better. In some cases, neck pain can persist for so long that they may lose their jobs or may have to find a new type of job that they can perform. In either situation, neck injuries can result in lost wages, benefits, and professional opportunities.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Because of the potentially serious effects of neck injuries, getting a proper diagnosis as soon as possible is critical. If needed, you should go to the emergency department or you can make an appointment with your physician, who may then refer you to a specialist. Some of the steps in a neck injury diagnosis can include:

  • Reviewing the type of pain that is occurring (radiating, sharp, dull ache, etc.)
  • Location of the pain
  • Asking about numbness, tingling, or similar sensations
  • Mobility restrictions
  • Checking reflexes and neurological abilities
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays and cervical MRIs.1

Once a neck injury is diagnosed, the recommended course of treatment will depend on the specific diagnosis. Some recommendations can include taking painkillers, physical therapy, chiropractic care, physical rest, muscle relaxers, cortisone shots, and in some rare circumstances, surgery. Because treating neck pain often takes time, the costs can add up significantly and can cause serious financial issues, especially if you cannot work in the meantime.

If another person caused your accident and neck injury, you can file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against them, depending on the circumstances. First, you must identify who was at fault and the exact type of negligent act that they committed to cause the accident. You must also prove how much you lost due to your neck injury including costs of medical treatment, lost income, future treatment costs and future lost earning power, pain and suffering, mental suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. It is important to realize that you only have a limited period of time to file a claim due to the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania,2 so you should not delay consulting with an experienced attorney about your rights.

Contact a Philadelphia Neck Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

While a neck injury may not sound especially serious, people who have suffered this type of injury know just how significantly it can affect your life. Neck injuries can have an effect on your physical health, emotional well-being, professional life, and more and victims deserve to be fully compensated for their losses by any party who caused their injuries. At The Levin Firm, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys can help you prove the severity of your neck injury and seek the compensation you deserve. Please call our office at (215) 825-5183 today.

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