Neck Injuries from Car Accidents
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Car accidents often result in a wide range of serious bodily injuries, including neck injuries. In fact, whiplash is one of the most common auto accident-related injuries in the United States and is frequently seen in accidents that occur at relatively low speeds.
If you or someone you care about suffered a neck injury from a car accident in McAllen or the nearby areas, turn to the award-winning team at Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. for the trusted legal representation you need. Since 2008, our firm has been aggressively advocating for the rights of injured victims throughout Hidalgo County; we understand the serious nature of these injuries and the major impact they can have on nearly every aspect of your life. Led by our founding partner, Humberto Tijerina, our goal is to help you recover the maximum compensation you are owed so that you can move forward in the healing process.
Types of Neck Injuries Commonly Associated with Car Accidents
When two vehicles traveling at relatively high speeds collide, the force of the impact causes massive destruction. Occupants of both vehicles are also traveling at the same speed as their cars. Their bodies continue to move forward, even as the vehicles come to a stop, and are pulled or pushed back by seatbelts and airbags or the inside of the vehicle. This sudden deceleration often causes the head to move violently forward, then back, putting serious strain on the neck and back. As a result, car accident victims tend to suffer a range of serious, often-debilitating neck injuries.
Common car accident-related neck injuries include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is often caused by violent back and forth motions of the head and neck, leading to straining and tearing of the neck muscles and ligaments. This, in turn, can cause nerve damage, as well as severe pain, stiffness, dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms.
- Sprains and Strains: Car accidents also often lead to neck sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments, whereas a strain is an injury to the muscles/tendons. Both injuries can be extremely painful and lead to several complications.
- Herniated Disc: Also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when the soft, central nucleus of a spinal disc is forced through a tear in the outer part of the spinal disc (known as the annulus).
- Spinal Cord Injuries: An injury to the neck might involve a spinal cord injury, which can lead to serious spinal and/or nerve damage. This is known as a cervical injury and they are generally considered the most serious type of spinal cord injury.
- Vertebral Fracture: In severe cases, the vertebra in the neck can fracture (break) during a car accident. This is an extremely serious type of neck injury and can lead to permanent paralysis or even death if not promptly treated.
These and other neck injuries can have serious, long-lasting consequences. Victims face an extensive road to recovery and might never be able to work again. They may face new disabilities, including partial or total paralysis, and a range of other challenges.
If you believe your neck injury was the result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Filing a Neck Injury Claim
In order to file a personal injury claim after a car accident, you will need to establish several key elements. First, you must prove that the other person or party owed you a duty of care. This simply means that the other person involved in the accident had a legal responsibility to take reasonable actions to prevent you from becoming injured or otherwise harmed. Generally speaking, all motorists owe others on the road a duty of care. Anyone who drives a motor vehicle has a responsibility to prevent accidents by following the law and exercising reasonable caution.
Next, you will have to prove that the other driver failed to uphold the duty of care. Typically, this involves showing that the other driver was somehow negligent. This could be the case if the other driver was texting while driving, driving drunk, or tailgating. Any time a motorist acts negligently or outside the law, they have breached the duty of care they owe to others on the road.
Lastly, you will need to show that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, meaning you would not have been injured had the other driver upheld the duty of care, and that you suffered measurable damages. These damages can be either economic or non-economic in nature and can include everything from ambulance and emergency room fees to rehabilitative therapy costs to physical pain and emotional suffering.
While you are not required to hire an attorney to file a neck injury claim, it is a good idea to enlist the help of an experienced legal professional. An attorney can help you take on the insurance company and ensure that your rights are protected.
Who Is Liable for Neck Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents?
Liability is a key issue in nearly all personal injury claims, including those involving neck injuries resulting from car accidents. In order to file a claim, you will first have to establish who was liable. The liable person or party is typically the one who acted negligently or unlawfully and, therefore, caused your injuries.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, the liable person or party could be any of the following:
- Another driver
- A bicyclist
- A pedestrian
- A truck driver
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle/auto part
- A construction company that designed or built a defective roadway
These are just some examples of potentially liable parties. At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., our McAllen car accident attorney knows how to properly investigate claims in order to determine what happened and who is liable for your neck injury. From there, we fight aggressively for the maximum compensation you deserve.
How Can Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. Help?
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. This means that they will often go to great lengths to dispute or deny injury claims. Because neck injuries are so severe and costly, insurance companies have an even greater interest in avoiding paying out these claims.
With Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. on your side, you can be confident that a skilled and proven attorney is advocating for you. We are fully prepared to take on insurance companies and their legal teams in our fight for fair compensation. Our approach has helped us recover millions of dollars for our clients, allowing them the ability to get back on their feet and move forward with their lives.
We offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe a dime unless we recover compensation for you. We also provide services in English and Spanish and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.