The human neck is extremely vulnerable and can suffer a severe injury during a car, truck or motorcycle accident that can be both painful and debilitating. Neck injuries are often challenging for victims who must return to work and may impact their ability to enjoy their favorite activities during the healing process. 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 types of injuries to the neck region. This term usually refers to an injury where the neck is thrown forward and then back when the body’s forward momentum is stopped by a seatbelt. The body's response to the opposing forces mimics the cracking of a whip. The injury usually involves the soft tissue of the neck rather than to the bones or vertebrae in the spine.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers handle whiplash injury cases involving severe pain. Our clients usually experience debilitating agony in the neck area that reduces their capacity 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 manifest through physical and neurological complications. The portion of the spinal column in the neck 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 (TBIs) may accompany a whiplash injury and increase the intensity of these symptoms.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers always recommend undergoing a comprehensive medical evaluation after any car, truck or motorcycle accident because some of the most serious and debilitating injuries might not produce any 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 ahead.
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 preserved or 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 to 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 there is little that can be done to recover these costs and are often surprised when our law firm offers additional legal options to explore.
If you have sustained an injury to your neck in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive for the value of your medical costs, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. We have 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 provide more detailed information about your legal options. You can be assured that our services will not cost you a thing unless we are able to secure the compensation you are entitled to receive on your behalf.