In nearly any type of accident, a victim can suffer a neck injury. Neck injuries are varied and the type of injury a victim suffers depends on his or her overall fitness level, the type of accident that occurred, and the position of his or her neck and the nature of the trauma that hit it. Victims who are injured in accidents caused by other parties’ negligence can seek compensation for their related damages through personal injury claims.
After an accident, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Do this even if you feel your injury is not severe – sometimes, a minor injury left untreated can become a serious injury. In other cases, prompt medical care is the difference between a quick, straightforward recovery and the need for extensive medical treatment.
Neck injuries can involve bone fractures or soft tissue injuries. Examples of neck injuries include:
The type of neck injury a victim suffers determines the type of treatment he or she needs. With a vertebral fracture, the patient needs emergency medical attention. With soft tissue injuries like whiplash, the victim generally needs pain relievers, ice, and can benefit from a cervical collar.
Treatment for a neck injury can be simple rest and monitoring or it can require surgery. In some cases, victims need physical therapy after surgery to make full recoveries. If your injury was due to another party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your medical bills as well as the additional expenses you face, such as the need for a mobility aid or compensation for the wages you could not earn while out on disability.
An individual who suffers a neck injury can face long-term complications like:
A neck injury can have complications felt elsewhere in the body, sometimes for years following the accident. This can be alleviated with chiropractic care, physical therapy, and pain medication.
A neck injury can cost you thousands in medical bills, lost wages, and other costs that might not be immediately obvious at the time of your injury. If you were injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim with the help of an Appleton neck injury lawyer. To learn more, contact our team of experienced Appleton personal injury lawyers at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC to schedule your initial consultation with us.