Experienced Baltimore Injury Attorneys Fight to Secure Maximum Compensation for Victims’ Neck Injuries
Understanding the full impact of damage to the cervical spine
Whether you’re involved in a simple fender bender or a catastrophic, high-speed head-on collision, neck injuries are among the most common injuries in automobile accidents. Unfortunately, they can also be the most unassuming, presenting no symptoms or minor symptoms until days or weeks after your accident. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, have extensive experience with neck injury claims, and appreciate the variety of injuries that are possible, along with the impact it can have on your life.
Types of neck injuries and their immediate risks
Just as there are many kinds of car accidents, there are many ways the neck can be injured. Some of these present themselves immediately, while others may take time for symptoms to manifest, such as with nerve damage or chronic pain.
- Neck strain and sprain. Common in rear-end collisions, the jarring forces of an accident can make the neck bend forward, back or to the side much farther than it should. This hyperflexion and hypertension is commonly known as whiplash, and can tear muscles and ligaments in the neck.
- Herniated disc. Too much pressure on a spinal disc can cause it to slip and rupture, pressing against spinal nerves and causing numbness and weakness. The chemicals inside the disk may also irritate nerve roots.
- Pinched nerve. If a nerve leaving the spinal cord is irritated by a damaged disc or a bone spur, it can cause pain and limited use of the shoulders, arms and hands.
- Broken neck. In the most severe accidents, the spine can be cracked or crushed, and the spinal cord damage, causing severe paralysis throughout the body.
Long-term consequences of a neck injury
Any signal sent from the brain to the body must pass through the neck. As a result, any significant neck injury can have long-lasting effects on your life and your well-being.
- Chronic pain. Damage to the spinal cord or any nerves in the cervical spine will affect the sensations you feel, including the presence of constant pain or discomfort in the neck, back or elsewhere in the body.
- Limited mobility. If control signals from the brain cannot reach the appropriate parts of your body, you may notice weakness, lack of coordination or even paralysis as a result of a neck injury. In severe cases this might present itself immediately, but the damage may increase over time.
- Inability to work. Pain and paralysis can affect your ability to work and collect a paycheck. You may only be able to work on a limited basis, or not be able to work at all depending on your condition.
- Effects on your life. Persistent discomfort can also have a profound effect on your personality, relationships and happiness. Many victims of neck injuries suffer from depression or stress-related disorders following an accident.
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The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, help people like you get the compensation you deserve for injuries suffered. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve areas throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you, so contact us today.