The back and neck are prone to injuries, especially when there is an incident involving a sudden and severe impact. They are two of the most common reasons for doctor visits. Even when an injury seems minor, any harm to the back and neck can have long-lasting consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered a neck or back injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Contact Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. to have your cased evaluated for free.
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What Can Create Neck and Back Injuries?
The major types of injuries which cause trauma to the back and neck are:
Whiplash is a well-known soft-tissue injury that is a neck sprain or strain. This means damage has occurred to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles in the neck. Whiplash is usually caused by a rapid back-and-forth or side-to-side motion of the head and neck, often from rear-end car accidents, and may take 24 hours or more to appear.
Herniated Discs and Nerve Impingement
A slipped disc, bulging disc, and a ruptured disc all refer to an injury affecting the discs located between each vertebra in the spine. A disc becomes herniated when the soft, inner “jelly” layer of the disc bulges out, pushing past the stronger outer layer. This type of injury can press on the nerve root, causing nerve impingement and altering certain sensations, as well as causing numbness and tingling.
Any direct trauma to the spinal cord can cause permanent damage and even paralysis in severe cases. Moderate SCIs can result in a loss of function, sensation, and control beneath the site of injury. A minor SCI can lead to constant pain and weakness below the affected area.
All of these injuries require medical treatment, and in order for victims to return to their daily lives, they will most likely need long-term rehabilitation to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, especially when a disc has been herniated, treatment may involve surgery, and the injured victim is likely to have permanent physical impairment.
Symptoms of a Neck or Back Injury
Symptoms commonly include:
Loss of range of motion
Sore, tender, or stiff muscles
Pain radiating into the shoulder/arm
Pain in the legs
Pain (sharp, dull, aching, or burning) in the neck or back
Numbness of extremities
“Pins and needles” in extremities
Any of these symptoms signal an urgent need for medical care, especially if they begin immediately after suffering some form of physical trauma.
Why Do I Need an Attorney After a Neck or Back Injury?
No matter the severity of a back or neck injury, the damage will likely be financially draining in addition to physically. An attorney can create a compelling case on your behalf in order to obtain you the compensation you need. Victims of negligence have the right to recover payment for current and ongoing medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Additionally, a legal team can handle all matters related to the case for you so that you can stay focused on recovering. We are the best for getting compensation in New Haven neck and back cases.