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Neck and Cervical Spine Injuries
The neck is comprised of the cervical spine, muscles, nerves, and tendons and is highly susceptible to injury due its wide range of motion and flexibility.1 According to the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, even the slightest misalignment of the cervical spine may be evidence of ligamentous injury or occult fracture and should be interpreted as such until a full diagnosis is carried out.2 Until a full diagnostic is confirmed, victims of neck injuries are often treated with immobilization of the neck.3 If you suffered any type of neck injury, it is important that you receive immediate medical attention as neck injuries have the potential to have very serious and life-long consequences if not diagnosed and treated immediately.4
Neck injuries can occur when there is a sudden force (such as whiplash) or penetration which causes traumatic injury to the neck and cervical spine. A neck injury can result from numerous types of situations, including but not limited to car accidents, slip-and-falls, and construction related accidents.
There are times where a serious sudden force to the neck such as whip lash may not immediately present symptoms of injury until sometime after the traumatic event which results in sudden force or movement of the neck. In these cases, it is still important to seek immediate medical attention and contact a skill California personal injury attorney.
Besides the pain that often accompanies neck and cervical spine injuries, injuries to the neck and cervical spine can result in paralysis if not treated immediately. Accordingly, it is very important to receive immediate medical attention after any substantial trauma to the neck.
Neck Anatomy and Types of Neck Injuries
Neck injuries vary in severity and can have a different symptom lengths, numerous different causes, and classifications. The neck houses vertebra, muscles, tendons and the throat. Additionally, the neck and cervical spine serve as the channel for the bodies central nervous system. This means that the neck and cervical spine also serve as the communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body (i.e., between the brain and the torso, limbs, and lower extremities). It is for this reason that failure to receive prompt and proper treatment can have substantial debilitating and life threatening consequences.
A common cause of injuries to the neck is whiplash; that is, where there is a sudden acceleration or deceleration resulting in sudden force induced injuries to the neck and its components. The pain and symptoms of neck related injuries may subside after as little as a couple weeks, but can also result in chronic pain, defined and pain lasting more than three months. Chronic neck pain and difficulties in range of movement can be debilitating and leave the injured individual disabled and unable to work, sleep, or carry out other substantial daily activities.
The different types of classifications for neck and cervical maladies can include: injuries to blood vessels, the spraining of joints and ligaments, injury to nerves, strains or lacerations of muscles, injury to fascia and tendons, compression of disks within the cervical, and fractures of the neck and cervical.5
Prevalence of Neck and Cervical Injuries
In the United States, the prevalence of visits and discharges from all cervical spine and neck related pain and maladies is roughly over 16 million patients a year.6 Many of these patients face lifelong disabilities that prevent them from carry out one or more daily activity, including sleeping.
Causes of Neck and Cervical Injuries
Of the admission of patients to emergency care for head and neck injuries, the most prevalent cause has been cited to be motor vehicle accidents.7 Injuries to the neck and cervical spine can range from whiplash to penetrating neck wounds.8 A perfectly healthy individual could still suffer substantial neck and cervical injuries from numerous causes including accidents, slip-and-falls, or other numerous traumatic events. Such injuries can be debilitating and life changing, or even result in death.
Consequences of Suffering a Neck or Cervical Spine Injury
Chronic neck pain is classified as neck related pain lasting more than three months. Many of those suffering from neck and cervical related pain report that their neck pain negatively affects one or more daily activity, including sleep quality. Neck and cervical injuries can have consequences that last a lifetime. The economic costs can include: lost past and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential. The non-economic costs can include pain and suffering. The most severe cases of neck and cervical spine injuries can even result in disability or death.
Neck and Cervical Injury Lawsuit
Each year, there are millions of Americans who suffer from injuries to their neck that could be compensated by negligent or intentional act of a third party. In such cases, the injured party may have the right to be compensated for economic and non-economic costs. These costs may include: past and future medical expenses, lost past wages and future earning, pain and suffering and, if property was damaged, even property damage.
Neck and Cervical Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a neck or cervical injury, you should call a skilled attorney to see if you have a claim. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, a Sacramento personal injury attorney can ensure that you receive full compensation.
Neck Injury Lawyer In Sacramento
When selecting a personal injury attorney, it is very important to ensure that you choose a lawyer that can provide you with compassionate and skilled legal representation. The Law Offices of John Steiner is California and the Sacramento area’s premier neck and personal injury law firm. We will work hard to ensure you receive strong legal representation and are treated with respect and compassion throughout your case. We understand that individuals who have suffered from an injury to the neck may be facing trying times. In addition to providing zealous representation, our goal is to ensure we provide you with compassionate representation that allows you to focus on your health after you have been injured, not the hassle of dealing with insurance companies. If yourself or someone you know has sustained a neck or cervical spine injury and believe it may have been due to the wrongdoing of another, please reach out to us so we can schedule you for a free consultation. There is no obligation and if you decide to retain us, you will not be responsible for paying anything upfront, only after we recover for you. Call us today to schedule free consultation; our friendly staff is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1 Imaging of the Cervical Spine, Anatomy, and Cervical Spine Lateral View. University of Virginia, 2017; Imaging of the Cervical Spine, Interpretation, and Alignment. University of Virginia, 2017.
2 Imaging of the Cervical Spine, Interpretation, and Alignment. University of Virginia, 2017.
3 See Footnote 2.
4 Sawas Nicolaou. Radiological Clinics of North America, Emergency and Trauma Radiology, 2013.
5 Holly Hedegaard, M.D., M.S.P.H. National Health Statistics Reports, 2016.
6 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2010; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Emergency Department, 2010; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Outpatient Department, 2010.
7 Rosh K. V. Sethi, Elliott D. Kozin, MD, Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS, Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, FACS, and Stacey T. Gray, MD, FACS. Epidemiological Survey of Head and Neck Injuries and Trauma in the United States. PMC4481864, 2014.
8 See Footnote 5.
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