Neck injuries are among the most common types of injury caused by road accidents. The excessive force associated with a road traffic accident often causes soft tissue damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck and around the top of the spine.
This is especially true if the accident results in your head being thrown forwards and backwards, stretching the tendons and ligaments in a process called hyperextension and hyperflexion. The quick jolting motion made by the neck and head has resulted in this type of injury being known as a ‘whiplash' injury.
What to expect after suffering a neck injury
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident, then you may encounter some unpleasant symptoms that can be difficult to deal with. These can last for weeks or, more commonly, months. Sometimes they can last one or two years – or may even be permanent (albeit rarely). It is vital, therefore, that if you think you are suffering from whiplash or any other kind of neck injury, you should visit your GP as soon as possible so they can assess the severity of the damage. They can then suggest the right method of treatment for you, and they'll also be able to check if any of your symptoms are being caused by damage to your back or cervical spine (the top part of the backbone).
The most common whiplash symptoms include headaches as well as tenderness, stiffness, reduced movement, and pain around the neck. There are a few other symptoms that are slightly less common:
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble sleeping
- Pain in your lower back
- Pins and needles
Expert advice from experienced injury lawyers
When the actions of another have caused you pain and discomfort, you shouldn't let it go unnoticed. If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a road accident that was caused, at least in part, by someone else, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Thompsons' team of No Win No Fee solicitors, who will give you honest advice on whether or not you will be able to make a claim.
Taking the full extent of your suffering into account, our lawyers will look after your every interest, making sure a just outcome is reached for you and your family.
To take the first step towards making a claim for your neck injury, call 0800 0891331 for free legal advice and guidance from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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