The flexibility of your neck allows you to turn your head in virtually every direction. This exceptional mobility also makes your neck vulnerable to injury during an accident when the force of impact throws your heavy, 10-pound head violently back and forth. For this reason, neck injuries are common in all types of car crashes, and yet neck injuries are often not taken seriously enough.
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C. focuses our practice exclusively on personal injury and auto accident recovery. We have built relationships with top medical experts who advise us and testify about complicated medical conditions. Our firm has logged thousands of hours reviewing matters related to auto accident-related neck injuries, and we have the knowledge and skills to help you recover maximum possible damages for whiplash or a herniated disc.
Recovering Damages for Whiplash
Whiplash is a neck sprain or strain that occurs when the head is thrown violently back and forth, such as in a rear-end collision. The term whiplash does not adequately describe the level of pain, disability and discomfort often associated with this type of injury. In fact, whiplash is commonly misunderstood and undervalued by the insurance industry.
Whiplash damages the soft tissue, such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, resulting in pain, stiffness, immobility, headaches, nausea, disorientation and, in some cases, pain radiating down the shoulders and arms. The symptoms can last for months and cause long-term complications if not properly treated.
Treatment is crucial to your physical and legal recovery. After an initial emergency room visit, you may seek treatment from your own primary care doctor, who may recommend physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, injections, acupuncture and medication. If you do not know where to get the treatment you need, we can refer you to medical professionals specializing in whiplash injuries who can wait for payment until your case is concluded.
Herniated Disc Injury
The hyperextension of the spine that occurs during a rear-end collision may also injure a cervical disc. Discs are located between your vertebrae and are comprised of a soft, jelly-like substance encased in a solid outer surface. Herniation occurs when the tougher outer surface ruptures and spills the jelly-like substance onto the surrounding nerves. This compression of the nerve by the disc may cause shooting pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the neck and the affected shoulder and arm.
A herniated disc is often debilitating and may interfere with your ability to work and engage in everyday activities. Your doctor may recommend an MRI to diagnose a bulging disc and physical therapy, medication, chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture to treat the condition. In the most severe cases, you may require surgery.
Recover Damages for Neck Injuries You Sustained in an Auto Crash
Your neck injury has a profound effect on your ability to work and to enjoy your life. Get the compensation you deserve for this debilitating injury. Call Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law today at 928-716-1331 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Kingman truck accident lawyer.