Any part of your neck muscles, joints, tendons, bones, ligaments or nerves can be the source of neck problems. Neck pain is very common after car accidents. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.
Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain. Treatment depends on the severity of your injuries and symptoms. For that reason, after an accident and injury, going to the emergency room if in pain or speaking to your personal doctor or an urgent care physician is essential so that you get the proper medical diagnosis without delay.
WHIPLASH INJURY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Whiplash injury is a neck injury that results from a movement in which the head is suddenly thrown first into hyperextension and then quickly forward into flexion. Whiplash injuries are most often due to auto accidents, mostly from being rear-ended, but less commonly caused by falls.
At times, a whiplash injury may damage joints or discs, which in turn may irritate spinal nerve roots and even the spinal cord.
WHIPLASH INJURY SYMPTOMS
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder or back pain
- Numbness and tingling that radiates down the shoulder, arm, hand, and/or fingers
- Sleeping problems
- Vision problems (e.g., blurry vision or sensitivity to light)
Strains include injuries to the muscles that move your head and upper part of your neck. Such injuries cause discomfort, pain and reduced mobility and may also cause muscle spasms which would indicate a more severe injury. Some of the common symptoms include one or more of the following: Pain localized to the neck region; Achy or throbbing pain; Sharp pain with intense symptoms; Pain that worsens with movement; Muscle spasm and Stiff neck pain.
CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY AND NECK PAIN
A car crash can lead to parts of the structure of your spine to shift out of place. Such injuries would include slipped disks, ruptured disks, herniated disks or bulging disks leading to debilitating pain. Neck pain affects up to 15% of the population in the United States with cervical disc disease. In other words, 84 out of 100,000 people have neck pain.
The chief complaint of patients with cervical disc injury is neck pain with or without radiation to arm and fingers. Pain in your arms as well as in your neck is usually the first sign that your nerve roots are irritated by a problem in your neck.
SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS OF HERNIATED DISCS IN THE NECK
After experiencing trauma such as an auto accident, symptoms of numbness, tingling, and especially weakness in the muscles of your arms, are warning signs that your problem may be more serious. Weakness in your arms is a definite sign that you should see a doctor about your neck pain.
Proper diagnosis of a herniated disc is essential – your doctor will examine your neck for flexibility, range of motion, and signs that may suggest that your nerve roots or spinal cord may be affected by a herniated disc. Often times, due to such symptoms, X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered by your treating physician.
AVERAGE NECK INJURY COMPENSATION FROM CAR ACCIDENTS
If you are involved in a car accident related injuries caused by another driver’s negligence, you might ask yourself what the average settlement is for neck injury claims. The settlement amount you receive is dependent on many different factors. By working with the top-rated car accident lawyers at Aratta Law, you can rest assured that our diligent work and experience in the field will get you the compensation you deserve. Some of the factors involved in settling your case would be the subjective and objective findings of your injuries, evidence available in the case, policy limits for all the responsible parties involved including the coverage and limits of your automobile insurance policy.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.