Neck injuries are common in auto accident, 18 wheeler accident cases and workplace injuries. Oftentimes, sudden movements, contortions or blunt force trauma can cause significant damage to the neck. There are different types of neck injuries, some are considered soft tissue and some are muscular. Soft tissue injuries are typically less severe and are encompassed in the term “Whiplash.” Muscular issues can include fractures and herniations. The neck area is part of the cervical spine and in many situations, herniations may result in the cervical spine when someone is injured.
Below is an image of a cervical spine herniation:
When discs become damaged, they will bulge abnormally or break open which results in a herniation. With a herniated cervical disc, some of the pain that you may feel is radiating pain down your arm and into your hand. You may also experience pain when turning your head and bending.
It is important to receive treatment with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon to properly diagnose your injuries. An x-ray will not show herniations. X-rays will only show fractures or broken bones. A cervical MRI is necessary to diagnose cervical herniations. Some of the prescribed treatment that a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon may recommend is physical therapy, epidural steroid injections or surgery.
Some of the damages that you may be entitled to if you have experienced neck injuries include:
- Past medical expenses;
- Future medical expenses;
- Physical impairment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages; and
- Loss of earning capacity.
It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney that has experience handling auto accident, 18 wheeler accident and workplace cases and can provide you with the best legal advice. Please call our law firm for a free consultation.