Neck injuries – also referred to as cervical spine injuries – and injury to your back can vary in type and severity. While some people experience neck and back pain due to degenerative issues, others may suffer due to injuries in accidents like car crashes.
Neck and upper back pain can be debilitating, and the symptoms often worsen over time. If you suffered a neck or upper back injury in a collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be owed significant compensation.
If the crash caused you severe neck or upper back pain that required medical treatment or cost you valuable time from work, you may be entitled to full and fair compensated for your losses. A car accident attorney can help you seek the money and justice that you deserve. Be sure to seek help from a lawyer right away. Parnall Law can help you understand your rights and how the injury claims process works.
Common Causes of Neck and Upper Back Injuries in a Car Crash
The sensitive structures of the human body – especially the cervical spine – are not designed to withstand the forces that a car crash can exert on them. They are extremely sensitive to sudden movement or force. These two factors are ever present in a collision when the force of impact causes everything in the vehicle, including the occupants, to move in that direction.
Because there is limited space in any vehicle, the body’s forward momentum will be stopped by something: a seat belt, the dashboard, the vehicle’s door, or some other structure. These forces will often place stress, strain, and pressure on the neck and upper back.
Some of the most common neck and upper back injuries in a collision are:
- Neck strain
- Disc injuries
- Spasms of the muscles
Some of the symptoms that you should be aware of include:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness or soreness
- Pain worsening with movement
- Loss of range of motion
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
- Dizziness or headaches
If you suffered a neck injury in a crash, it is vital that you seek medical attention right away. The injury should be treated, and the neck should be stabilized immediately to prevent further damage. Keep in mind that many symptoms, especially those caused by whiplash, may not appear immediately after the crash, but often become noticeable in the days and weeks following the accident.
Seek medical attention right away and visit your doctor as soon as additional symptoms arise.
Proving an Injury and the Cause of Injury
Many neck and upper back injuries like fractures, disc injuries, and muscle or ligament tears can be readily diagnosed and entered on a patient’s medical record. Others, like soft tissue injuries caused by whiplash, are more difficult to pinpoint, despite the fact that they are very real and can be debilitating.
This can present an issue when seeking compensation through an injury claim. Some insurers try to deny valid whiplash claims because it is difficult to provide indisputable proof of these injuries. You can protect your injury claim by:
- Seeking medical attention immediately and making sure a medical record is created
- Following all treatment instructions given to you by your doctor
- Retaining copies of all of your medical bills
- Contacting an experienced attorney to file your injury claim as soon as possible
When you hire a lawyer to represent you, they can investigate the accident to secure vital evidence that proves your claims. By reconstructing what happened, sometimes through the use of reconstruction experts, your attorney can demonstrate what happened and how the impact of the collision caused the injury to your neck and spine.
Types of Compensation for Neck and Upper Back Injuries
Accident victims who suffer an injury to the neck or upper back are often forced to deal with excruciating pain that can severely impact their ability to perform even simple functions. These injuries often take a significant time to heal. This makes it difficult for victims to work, which can result in serious financial stress and strain as medical bills and other expenses begin to pile up.
If you suffered neck or upper back injuries in a car crash due to another party’s negligence, you could be eligible to seek compensation for:
- All related current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of damaged property, including your vehicle and any possessions that were lost or damaged
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Other related losses
There are several reasons why it is important to hire an attorney right away if you’ve been hurt in a crash. First, an attorney can work to preserve evidence about the cause of crash before it vanishes or witnesses’ memories fade. Also, an attorney can make sure you receive proper medical care for your injuries.
You also have a limited time to file an injury claim against the party responsible. In New Mexico, injury victims have only three years to file, otherwise, the court will refuse to hear the case. However, work on a case should begin long before the three-year period comes to an end.
How Parnall Law Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered a neck or upper back injury in Albuquerque or anywhere in New Mexico, turn to the personal injury lawyers at the Parnall Law for help. We have the experience and resources you need on your side to pursue the compensation you are owed.
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