One of the most common and painful injuries you can suffer from following an accident is through damage to the neck. This vital area supports your head and is a vulnerable spot. Any sudden, violent movement is likely to cause damage. That’s why you see injuries such as whiplash more often in motoring accident claims.
Neck injuries can result from damage to the bone, the spine, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons, as well as the soft muscle tissue. Damage to your neck, for however short a period of time, is generally debilitating and painful. It can also cause psychological effects such as anxiety and depression if the condition doesn’t get any better over time.
Minor Neck Problems
Even with a minor injury to this part of the body, there can be a lot of pain and discomfort. There may be numbing in some areas or pain. It can be almost impossible to find a comfortable way to sit or get a good night’s sleep. You might find it difficult to move your head properly and the condition may be severe enough for you to spend time off work recovering.
Conditions such as cervical spondylitis fall into this category. There is much more pain because the damage is relatively severe and likely to last longer. It’s not necessarily improved with rest as many minor injuries are.
Whiplash can often fall into the moderate injury category. Even a slight jolt could cause damage to tissue and joints in the neck. Often you don’t feel anything straight away and the pain and discomfort only start to come on after a few hours.
Severe Neck Damage
This is where the damage is more catastrophic and can, in some cases, even be potentially fatal. Severe damage to the spinal area may lead to loss of movement and feeling as is the case with paraplegia.
The potential for full recovery with these kinds of injuries is often slight. A person may have to live the rest of their life, for example, in a wheelchair or getting specialist care to help them live their lives.
Claiming Compensation for a Neck Injury
As you might expect, claims for severe neck injuries are going to attract more compensation than minor ones. If you were the victim of an accident that was not your fault and someone else was to blame, then you should be able to claim compensation through the courts.
Examples would include if you were in a car accident that wasn’t your fault or if your workplace didn’t put in the correct health and safety procedures and this led to your accident and injury.
To claim for compensation, you need to get legal advice as soon as possible from a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. They work on a no win no fee basis which means that you don’t have to worry about the initial expense of legal advice.
Claim settlements can vary. A minor injury can mean you get anything from a few hundred pounds up to £6,000 depending on the length of the injury and the problems it caused. A moderate neck injury can could well attract settlements in the tens of thousands if recovery takes a lot of time or you have to live with chronic pain. Severe neck injuries following a successful claim could well attract settlements over six figures, simply because the person will need ongoing care and support to live their life as fully as possible.
If you have been the victim of an accident that has caused you a neck injury, you need to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.