When two vehicles collide with force, the occupants of the vehicles often end up suffering neck and back injuries. Sometimes, victims of car accidents may not feel any immediate signs of symptoms of having been injured. The pain and symptoms may not surface for days after the crash. Neck and back injuries may become complicated very soon if they are not promptly diagnosed and treated. It is important that you get prompt medical treatment and consult with a neck and back injury lawyer right away to make sure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.
Types of Neck and Back Injuries
Here are some of the common types of neck and back injuries sustained in car accidents that require medical attention:
Neck sprain: A sudden impact such as that which could occur in a rear-end crash, could cause a neck sprain. This can be a painful injury, which is sometimes referred to as whiplash. It can result in a stiff neck making it difficult to turn your head. The pain could also travel beyond the neck. You may experience symptoms such as dizziness, shoulder pain, upper back pain and numbness in your arms. Treatment options may include wearing a neck brace, medication and physical therapy.
Cervical fracture: The bones of the neck are known as the cervical bones, which perform the important function of protecting the spinal cord, supporting the neck and facilitating movement. When there is a suspected fracture of the cervical bones, the patient must be immobilized. Treating cervical fractures depends on the severity of the injury can include ordering a neck brace, traction or surgery.
Herniated discs: Injuries to the discs that cushion the bones of the spine can cause significant pain to the lower back and neck. Shooting pain and tingling or numbness in your limbs caused by herniated discs may even require surgery.
Broken back: This type of injury requires immediate attention. Recovery from such an injury could take weeks, months or even years, depending on the nature, location and severity of the injury. Often, a broken back may require surgery and the damage may be permanent.
Average Settlements for Neck and Back Injuries
The settlement amount for your injuries could depend on a number of factors including the severity of your injury, details of the case and the nature of evidence you have. Each case is different. The greater and more complex your injury, the higher your settlement is likely to be. An experienced personal injury attorney will work hard to fight for your rights to protect your best interests. With proper documentation and evidence, you may be able to secure significant compensation for neck and back injuries.
Why should you pursue a settlement?
Insurance company representatives may offer you a quick settlement after the car accident. However, often, it may not cover your future medical expenses. Neck and back injuries are complex and may require ongoing treatments and therapies. There are a number of reasons why it's a good idea not to accept the initial offer from an insurance company.
One of the main reasons is the fact that you don't know the extent of your injuries and the scope of the treatment you will need soon after the accident. It may take some time to get a complete picture of your future medical costs. In addition to medical expenses, you may also lose wages because you can't go to work until you recover from your injuries. For example, doing a job that requires driving or heavy lifting may be out of the question when you are wearing a neck brace.
Accountability is also an important reason to pursue a settlement. You should not have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses or suffer other financial losses because of the negligence or carelessness of another driver. They need to be held accountable.
What a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do
During such a trying time, you need a vocal advocate on your side who will stand up to the insurance company and fight for your rights every step of the way. A personal injury attorney can represent your interest and do the legwork and paperwork it takes to file an injury claim or lawsuit.
Our OC auto accident attorneys offer free initial consultations, and we also don't charge fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our goal is to pursue the best outcome for our injured clients. Call us today to find out how we can help you.