What do I need to know about the neck?
You have neck pain and want to understand your injury. Allow us to give you an oversimplified description of some of the physical aspects of your neck. The spine is made up of a series of triangular like bones called vertebrae. In between the vertebrae are disc which act as shock absorbers and allow for flexibility. The nerves run from the brain into the arms and legs surrounded by protected by this process. Connecting around this process are spinal ligaments which hold the spine together. If the forces and strain is severe enough these ligaments can be stretched to the point from the damage, scarring resulting in long-term pain. In this type of injury often does not show up on a standard x-ray.
How a Car Accident hurts the neck
A rear end impact auto accident can result in a substantial neck injury. There have been a number of studies which look at the issue of how an individual is injured in auto accidents. The neck is subjected to substantial force in a very short period time during a rear end impact auto accident. The head accelerates toward the rear of the vehicle while the neck and torso accelerating forward resulting in serious and substantial shear forces producing injury. The neck and the human body simply were not designed to withstand an auto accident. One report indicated that forces ranging from 1.0 G to 1.5 G can occur with just 4 to 5 mph. There are many factors to be considered including the size and speed of the cars involved, head position, gender, awareness and head restraints among others. About 30% of people experienced chronic pain after rear end accidents with some 15 million people suffering from this type of neck injury.
Why do some people hurt more than others?
There are a number of reasons why some individuals are more susceptible to this type of injury than others. For example, aging can result in a neck that’s less flexible, and more susceptible to injury, and more susceptible to more serious injury. Some individuals may have what’s called degenerative disc disease which means the disc in the cervical spine had worn out over time. This can cause the neck and spine to be weaker. This condition can be severely aggravated in an auto accident. Often this aggravation of a pre-existing condition results in permanent disability. In an auto accident negligence case the plaintiff can recover money damages for an aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
What type of lawyer should I call?
This type of injury is not always obvious which is why you need to trained individual with experience to assist you in the case. At Patton and Patton we are personal injury lawyers here to help. We can quickly set up a free consultation to assist you in the valuation. Remember you only have one opportunity to be fully compensated for the injury that has been unfairly inflicted upon you and your family. We understand and look forward to talking to you about your case. We have experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury claims including auto accidents, car crashes, motor vehicle negligence, insurance claims, uninsured claims, hit-and-run matters, drunk drivers, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents or slip and fall cases. We have experience in helping individuals who have had head injuries, brain damage, orthopedic injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, herniated disc, broken bones, and a wide variety of other injuries. Regardless of the nature of the injury or the type of accident you been involved in, we can help. Call for a free case evaluation.
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