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The Link Between Neck Injuries and Car Accidents

Posted on in Car Accidents

car accident, neck injury, milwaukee car crash attorneyMany car accident victims, of even minor collisions, are often surprised when they experience neck pain; however, it is one of the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. A neck injury can affect healthy individuals and those who have had previous neck and back discomfort. 

How Neck Injuries are Sustained

There are two ways neck injuries are regularly sustained in auto collisions. First, the neck may become injured when the head strikes an object in the car such as a headrest or an airbag. The second way the neck may be injured is by an impact that causes the head to move forward and backward suddenly beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. This type of neck injury is known as whiplash. Whiplash is a type of soft tissue damage as it affects the muscles and ligaments of the neck.

Symptoms of Neck Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident

Neck injuries frequently show up in the days following an accident. In fact, some people do not connect neck pain with the accident until they are treated by a doctor. Pain can also come and go. It is important that you see a doctor if you suspect you have injured your neck. It is also critical that you follow your doctor’s orders and attend all recommended medical appointments.

Neck injuries can present a range of symptoms so see a doctor if the following has presented itself:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain, tingling, or numbness in the shoulders, legs, or arms
  • Headaches, particularly at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Chronic pain in the neck, head, or shoulders 

Treatment of Neck Injuries

Doctors may address neck injuries by prescribing pain medication and/or muscle relaxers. Many neck injury victims require physical therapy that can last for months. Some injuries require a brace or foam collar for support. Other neck injuries, especially those in which neck and back injuries were exacerbated, require surgery which comes with months of recovery and rehabilitation. If a car accident aggravated or reinjured a neck or back condition, you may still be eligible to receive compensation. 

Contact a Milwaukee Car Crash Lawyer

Neck injuries can be highly compensable under the law, especially if surgery or long-term care is required. With any serious injury, an experienced attorney can provide the assurance that your claim is being handled competently and in a way that maximizes your recovery. The Milwaukee auto accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP can be reached at 414-271-1440. Schedule an initial consultation with our lawyers today. 

Source: 

http://www.healthline.com/health/whiplash#Treatment5

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