Numerous people, including insurance companies, actually believe that neck injuries—in particular, whiplash—are nothing more than a ploy to get a personal injury settlement.
In reality, however, neck injuries can be extremely serious and extremely painful. The neck delivers blood and electrical signals to and from our brains to our bodies, and a serious neck injury can affect the health of the entire body.
Some of the most common injuries associated with auto accidents are to the neck, despite the fact that headrests, airbags, and other modern vehicle safety features are meant to lessen the severity of neck injuries.
There are several different types of neck injuries, also known as cervical spine injuries, including the following:
Whiplash injuries are, by far, the most common injury to the neck, particularly following a rear-end car accident.
When a car hits another car from behind, the person in the front car experiences an upward force in the cervical spine, compressing your discs and joints. The head moves backwards, then snaps forward suddenly. Even if the head restraint is adjusted properly, it can only reduce the risk of neck injury by 20 percent or less. Depending on the speed of the vehicle which hits the front vehicle, the brain can even strike the inside of the skull, causing a mild to moderate concussion.
In some instances, whiplash symptoms may not manifest immediately, but can come a day, or several days following the auto accident. Chronic pain in the neck is the most common symptom of whiplash. However, headaches ranging from moderate to severe are the second most common symptom.
Other common symptoms of whiplash include pain in the shoulders, hands or arms, reduced range of motion in the neck, numbness, weakness, slower reflexes, and muscle spasms in the neck.
A neck injury can easily prevent Los Angeles accident victims from performing basic daily care or working in their chosen profession. Turning your head to drive may be impossible, walking may be painful, even sitting for long periods of time at a desk may be uncomfortable. Neck injuries can also become chronic conditions, especially if not treated quickly and properly. Victims often find themselves taking multiple pain medications just to get through their day, and life as they know it is turned upside down.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not sympathetic to neck injuries and they will often go to extraordinary lengths to try and prove that you are not as injured as you claim. They will attempt to low-ball you, delay, or even deny your claim all together. When this occurs, you need an experienced Los Angeles neck and whiplash injury lawyer on your side.
If you have received a neck injury following an auto accident, which was due to the negligence of another driver, you may choose to file a claim in order to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It is important that you speak to a knowledgeable Los Angeles neck injury attorney at Glotzer & Leib, LLP who can ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries.