A neck injury can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life. In many situations, the event that led to the injury could have been prevented. If you have suffered a neck injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are legally entitled to file a claim for financial compensation with the ICBC. At Wishart Brain & Spine Law, we understand how complicated and overwhelming the claim process can be, which is why our Vancouver neck injury lawyers will be with you every step of the way.
You may not know how much your claim is worth or what kinds of damages you can be compensated for. We can explain your rights to you and ensure your outcome is favorable. In order to feel confident with how you proceed, you may benefit from having some information on neck injuries. Let’s start with the most common accidents that cause them.
Neck Injury-Related Accidents
According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, 98,000 people, 12 years of age and up, sustained serious injuries to their head and neck area from 2009-2010. It’s likely that many of the events that led to those injuries could have been prevented. The following types of accidents can result in a serious neck or spinal cord injury:
- Car Crashes. Due to the high population, Vancouver sees thousands of accidents involving passenger vehicles every year. Regardless of the severity of the wreck, serious injury can occur. The neck may be damaged because of the force of impact.
- Motorcycle Wrecks. The small size and lack of protection a motorcycle offers makes them potentially dangerous vehicles to operate, regardless of how safe the rider operates their bike. The neck can easily sustain trauma after a motorcycle accident, especially if the rider makes contact with the road or another vehicle.
- Truck Accidents. While the safety features in passenger vehicles are continuously evolving, they’re often no match for a tractor trailer. The sheer weight and size of a semi can cause devastating harm to the occupants of a smaller vehicle.
- Slip and Fall Accidents. This type of accident often leads to back and neck injuries because of how hard a person is likely to fall when they slip or trip on a preventable hazard.
- Sports-Related Accidents. When proper equipment isn’t worn, athletes are put at risk for sustaining serious head and neck trauma – especially when contact sports are involved.
Types of Serious Neck Injuries
Neck injuries vary in type and severity, depending on the cause. It’s likely that one of the accidents listed above will lead to a more severe injury than simply sleeping at an odd angle. The parts of the neck are connected. The bones, joints, soft tissues, and cervical spine nerves all work together to hold up and move the head. This means that when damage occurs to one part, it’s likely there will be damage to others. The injuries that affect or damage the nervous systems are often the most serious.
The following are the most common types of serious neck injuries:
- Neck Sprain. This happens when the ligaments are injured as a result of a fall or twist that overstretches the cervical spine’s joints. While this injury doesn’t last as long as the ones below, it can result in headaches, muscle spasms, numbness or tingling, neck stiffness, and pain in the upper body.
- Whiplash. This type of injury occurs most often in auto accidents when the head is thrown into hyperextension and quickly forward into flexion. While it can occur on its own, it can also lead to a number of other conditions. Whiplash is often accompanied by stiffness, dizziness, pain, tingling, and sleep disturbances. The symptoms sometimes take days or weeks to make themselves known.
- Herniated Disc. A herniated disc occurs when the substance inside the disc escapes. This injury can happen anywhere along the spine, including the neck. Symptoms usually include weakness, numbness, and electrical shock or burning sensations.
- Neck Fracture. Serious trauma can result in a neck fracture where a cervical bone breaks. The angle and force of the impact will generally determine the type and severity of the break. Treatment for this type of injury can take a significant amount of time and varies depending on age and overall health.
- Cervical Dislocation. Spinal instability occurs when a neck bone is moved out of its normal position. Mild dislocations may go back into place on their own or be treated with a collar. More severe injuries may require surgery and can lead to spinal cord damage.
How a Neck Injury Attorney in Vancouver Can Help
Neck injuries can be costly in terms of financial burdens and a diminished quality of life. In extreme cases, the victim may need to undergo various forms of treatment for the rest of their life. Some injuries may even result in wrongful death.
Our Vancouver neck injury lawyers will work with you to ensure your needs are met. Compensation for neck injuries may include out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, pain and suffering, the cost of future care, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and loss of enjoyment of life. While we recognize the compensation cannot reverse what you’ve been through, it can aid in your recovery.
We understand how trying of a time this must be for you and are prepared to handle your claim with you to ease some of the stressors you’re likely experiencing. To discuss your claim in greater detail and find out about your rights and options for obtaining compensation or accident benefits, contact us today.