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Neck Injuries Can Alter Life

Neck InjuryOur Spokane Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Those of us fortunate enough never to suffer a serious neck or back injury may never truly appreciate how fortunate we are to live a life free of pain in our spinal column. The neck, back, and spinal cord are central to our existence; a severe injury can cause permanent debilitating pain. Some of the most severe and debilitating injuries can occur at the neck, and because your neck is part of your spine it can affect every aspect of your life.

The neck is particularly susceptible to injury because it is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body:

The neck was not designed to withstand the force of an accident or a fall. Violent forces of an auto collision, the impact of a fall or blunt force trauma can all cause serious neck injuries like herniated or bulging discs, muscle strains and soft tissue neck injury. In severe cases, a neck injury can even lead to reduced motor control, diminished feeling, paralysis, and even death.

What to Do After a Neck Injury

  • Get prompt medical attention and follow all doctors' orders
  • If possible, gather photographs of the scene, injury, and property damage
  • Write down the names of witnesses as well as their contact information
  • Do not have discussions with insurance claims adjusters
  • Do not accept a check for compensation, or sign any waiver, before discussing your case with an attorney
  • Call a Spokane personal injury attorney at Sweetser Law Office

We help neck injury and whiplash victims obtain the medical care they need and the financial recovery they deserve. When necessary, we file suit and work harder to obtain full compensation you deserve. You are not alone. Our clients have experienced the huge medical bills, the lost wages, the lost time with friends and family, and the ever-present pain. We understand how these injuries can disrupt, indeed devastate, your life, and we will fight to get it back for you.

Our experience has further taught us that big insurance companies will often turn the blame on the victim. They will argue that your injury is not serious — despite your pain — or that you had pre-existing injuries that keep you from compensation. You need an experienced advocate to cut through their smoke screens and fight for your legal rights. Our passion and our practice is fighting that fight.

Depending upon the nature, severity, and duration of the neck injury, it can cause serious short and long-term problems. These include headaches, ringing in the ears, loss of range of motion, joint pain, accelerated degenerative changes and arthritis, spinal cord impingement, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, surgery, and diminished quality of life caused by physical pain, limitations of activities, and the ability to engage in life fully.

Severe Neck injuries can include:

  • Bulging or Herniated disc
  • Compression of the upper spinal cord
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle and ligament injury, possibly spasms
  • Radiculopathy into arms
  • Vertebral fracture or dislocation

Even seemingly mild neck injuries may be severe injuries in disguise. Symptoms can take days or weeks to appear. In fact, many cases of spinal trauma are missed by physicians. Recent studies estimate that nearly one-third of spinal injuries are misdiagnosed, or the diagnosis is delayed. It is important to seek treatment as soon as the signs and symptoms of neck injury occur, otherwise it could worsen the condition or lead to improper care.

The worst part about an injury like this is the potential it has to affect every aspect of your daily life. Not only can it put stress on your personal relationships, it can be taxing for your professional relationships. A neck injury may prevent you from completing some or all of your work duties, putting you out of work for an undetermined amount of time. If your injury neck was caused someone else’s negligent actions, you are entitled to make a claim against that person to compensate or what you have suffered and lost.

Protect Your Rights

Be aware that anything you say to the insurance company could be used as evidence against you in your claim. If anyone from an insurance company contacts you, do not give a written or verbal statement, sign anything or enter into any agreement. You need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

While you may be considering trying to negotiate a settlement directly with the claims adjuster from the at-fault party’s insurance company, you should resist the temptation. You might get a quick settlement, but it will usually be a fraction of what you would expect to get when represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer. These cases require experience, legal knowledge, and an understanding of how the insurance industry works.

Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer like those at Sweetser Law Office immediately after your accident to protect your rights.