The neck is one of the most vulnerable parts of the human body throughout the course of a car, truck or motorcycle accident and neck injuries can be both painful and debilitating. These injuries often make it difficult for victims to return to work and may impact their ability to enjoy their favorite activities for a long time. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers explore every available option when seeking avenues to recover compensation on behalf of those who have suffered an injury to the neck during an auto accident so that our clients can focus on their physical recoveries rather than the financial burden of paying for medical treatment and their everyday expenses.
Whiplash— What it is and How it Occurs
Injuries most commonly associated with rear-end collisions are commonly referred to as whiplash, but the term applies to multiple injuries. The reason for the term is the manner in which the neck is thrown forward and then back when the body’s forward momentum is stopped by a seatbelt and how it mimics the cracking of a whip. The injuries that result are normally to the soft tissues of the neck rather than to the bones or vertebrae in the spine.
Severe pain is the common factor in the whiplash cases that our Chicago auto injury lawyers handle, but the mechanism of these injuries can make them debilitating and reduce the ability of victims to lead normal and productive lives. In addition to the pain, other symptoms of whiplash injuries include the following.
- Stiffness or swelling in the neck or back that worsens with movement.
- Diminished range of motion in the neck or back.
- Severe headaches that begin at the base of the skull.
- Pain that extends to the shoulder, upper back or down the arms.
- Tingling or numbness of the arms.
- Fatigue, dizziness or difficulty focusing.
- Blurred vision or ringing in the ears.
- Insomnia or oversleeping.
- Poor memory recovery.
- Mood swings, anxiety and depression.
The effects of whiplash can be manifested through physical and neurological complications. The neck is where the spinal column begins and is instrumental in communications between the brain and the rest of the body. This is why injuries to the neck can include debilitating neurological complications and disorders. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) may accompany a whiplash injury and increase the intensity of these symptoms.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers always recommend undergoing a thorough medical evaluation after any car, truck or motorcycle accident because some of the most serious and debilitating injuries can present no symptoms immediately following the accident. Whiplash and traumatic brain injuries are often misdiagnosed because the victim feels fine, only to gradually suffer symptoms in the days or weeks to come.
Other Neck Injuries Suffered in Auto Collisions
While whiplash is extremely painful and debilitating, there are even more serious injuries motorists may suffer to the neck in an accident. Damage to the vertebrae or spinal column can impair the victim’s mobility and the nature and location of the injury will determine whether mobility can be restored. In some cases, spinal surgery may allow victims to overcome pain and physical impairment, but in others, motor function is lost forever.
A broken neck can result in high tetraplegia, which is the most serious form of paralysis. Victims lose control of any part of the body under the point of injury, which means they will live the rest of their lives under the care of others. The cost of medical treatment and assistive care for a victim who is paralyzed is exorbitant and people who suffer from high tetraplegia often die much younger. It is estimated that if a victim becomes paralyzed at the age of 25 years old, his or her medical care could cost more than $4.7 million over the course of his or her life.
Auto insurance policies almost never provide enough compensation to cover these costs, but our lawyers are able to recover compensation from other sources— such as your own car insurance and health insurance policies— so that you can shoulder the cost of medical care and rehabilitative therapy. Many families initially feel as though there is little that can be done to recover these costs and are surprised when we are able to offer additional options to explore.
If you have been sustain an injury to your neck in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for the value of your medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. We’ve provided award winning legal services to thousands of people with claims similar to your own and are happy to review the details of your case with you at no cost. We also have access to an extensive network of medical experts and social workers so that you can benefit from high quality medical care and assistance coping with any changes in your lifestyle.
Contact us today to arrange your free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago auto accident attorneys. Once we have collected the information we need to perform a thorough evaluation of your case, we will let you know more about your legal options. You are also assured that our services will not cost you a thing unless we are able to secure the compensation you are entitled to on your behalf.