Soft Tissue Neck Injuries
Soft tissue injuries in the neck involve damage to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons that support the cervical spine. When these soft tissues are compromised, it can result in sprains, strains, and contusions. The victim could experience swelling, bruising, pain, and loss of mobility. Some soft tissue injuries can heal without professional medical treatment. However, cervical soft tissue damage can require ongoing medical treatment by a healthcare provider to reduce symptoms and facilitate healing.
Soft tissue injuries can result from trauma, such as in car accident, or a slip and fall situation. Alternatively, these injuries can arise from repetition of movement, particularly tasks that involve lifting heavy objects.
Whiplash, a common car accident injury, occurs when a victim’s head is quickly thrust forward and backward. This rapid motion puts severe strain on the soft tissues in the neck, potentially spraining or tearing these delicate tissues. In some cases, whiplash can damage cervical joints, discs, and nerves. Whiplash symptoms are wide-ranging, and may include:
- Neck pain, stiffness, and loss of motion
- Shoulder, upper back, arm pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Blurred vision
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory issues
- Difficulty concentrating
While whiplash is not life-threatening, it can significantly impair a victim’s quality of life. Whiplash can surface shortly after an accident or days later. This is why it is advised to see a doctor as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident.
Herniated discs—also known as bulging, slipped, or ruptured discs—occur when the soft substance (nucleus pulposis) inside a disc in your neck or back is pushed out of the exterior. Sometimes a herniated disc causes few or minor symptoms. In other cases, such as when the nucleus pulposis is pushed onto the nerve root, the injury can be exceptionally painful. The victim may suffer weakness, numbness, and significant pain.
Herniated disc injuries may occur in an accident, or arise over time as repeated stress to the disc wears it down. Routine treatment for a herniated disc includes physical therapy and medication. More severe injuries may require surgery and extended medical intervention.
Work-Related Neck or Back Injuries
If you sustained a back or neck injury while on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. These injuries may be a result of an accident, or a repeated use injury. Our attorneys can help your apply for workers' compensation benefits or appeal a denied claim. We can also hold the responsible parties liable for your injury if negligence was involved, such as in the manufacturing of defective equipment.
Negligence-Related Neck or Back Injuries
Individuals who endured back or neck injuries due to someone else's negligence—such as in a car accident or slip and fall incident—are entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, loss of income capacity, and other related damages. Our personal injury lawyers are here to answer your questions, and build a case that wins you the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Our goal with all back and neck injury cases is to maximize your compensation, allowing you to cover past and future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a neck or back injury, Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton has the necessary experience needed to provide you with direction on how to protect your legal rights and obtain maximum compensation. To learn more during a free consultation, call us at (800) 898-4878 or contact us online.