Neck injuries are common in vehicle accidents, and they are often serious. Even minor collisions can result in whiplash and soft tissue damage.
Types of Neck Injuries
There are different types of neck injuries that frequently result from vehicle accidents:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is typically caused by sudden head movements in rear-impact car accidents. The victim’s head is forced back and forth rapidly, damaging ligaments and surrounding muscles in the neck.
- Soft tissue damage. Soft tissue damage includes strains, sprains, and tears to muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
- Muscle spasms. Muscle spasms can result from straining ligaments in the neck.
- Vocal cord damage. Sudden pressure on the larynx can result in vocal cord damage, affecting your ability to speak and even breathe. In severe cases, paralysis may result.
- Herniated disc. If rapid neck motion puts too much pressure on a disc, it may rupture or herniate. Spinal pressure created by a herniated disc can cause neck pain and numbness.
- Pinched nerve. Nerves running through the neck can be irritated or pinched by a ruptured disc. This can result in pain and numbness wherever the nerve travels, typically in the arms and hands.
Neck Injury Symptoms
The rush of adrenaline and endorphins that occurs during a vehicle accident can temporarily mask pain symptoms, so you should watch for the onset of pain following your collision. Neck injuries caused by a vehicle accident can lead to much more than just pain and stiffness. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms after a vehicle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention:
- Severe neck pain
- Dizziness or headaches
- Neck or shoulder stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Jaw pain
- Muscle spasms
- Swelling of the neck and throat
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve suffered a neck injury sustained in a vehicle accident, consult with an experienced attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C. by using the form on this page.