When you’re in a car accident, it’s likely your life will change forever. Not only is there the possibility of a serious injury that could follow you around wherever you go–potentially leading to permanent disability and a reduction in earning potential–but if the accident was your fault, then you’ll have to live with that as well. The consequences are real. It’s important to have a working knowledge of common injuries that result from the tens of thousands of serious car accidents every year, as they can make the difference between a safe driver and a reckless one. Here are some of the most common neck-related car accident injuries that might be sustained.
Injuries to the neck and back area can result in changes throughout the body. If you’ve been in a car wreck recently, be sure to keep a close eye on your recovery in order to ensure that no new injuries develop over time.
Common Neck Injuries
Whiplash is perhaps the most common injury sustained during any high-speed impact. This occurs just after the moment of collision. The hit will force your head forward, and then back again. Even after this movement stops, your brain will continue to bounce back and forth in your head. This saw-like motion can result in permanent damage to blood vessels in your head, neck, and back. In addition, you might experience pain or damage to the muscles and ligaments present in your neck and back.
In more serious impacts, bones can be fractured or shattered. When an occupant wears his or her seatbelt, the collarbone is frequently chopped in two. When a seatbelt is not worn, the occupant can see more severe bone breakage. The skull might fracture, and so might the neck, leading to death or disability. If an occupant is thrown from the vehicle, the extent of the damage can be catastrophic if survival is ensured. Even if the vertebrae remain intact after an accident, there is the possibility of a slipped disc. When a disc ruptures or herniates, the pain can be excruciating even when back pain was present before the accident.
More lifelong back pain can result when joints and discs or vertebrae are moved out of place and result in damage to the soft tissues in between.
Other secondary injuries from car accidents include difficulty focusing, headache or migraine, or vertigo. The victim might experience numbness, prickling, burning, or the sense that creepy crawlies are running rampant on your skin. You might not have the full range of mobility you once did, or you may notice that a joint is slightly out of place. Your shoulder or arm might sag. Any of these symptoms might be the result of a neck or back–or brain–injury, and you should seek additional medical evaluation immediately.
If you have been in a car accident and suffer a neck injury, whether it was mild or sever, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney. The team of attorneys and former medical professionals at Memphis Law Firm will dissect your case and determine the amount of compensation you deserve.