Neck Injury Claims
Read our 7 common causes of neck injury and what you can do to recover and how we can help.
Although minor neck injuries are reasonably common, serious neck injuries can be life threatening and it can be difficult to know how severe your injury is going to become. As a result, getting a neck injury following an accident or injury can be both alarming and painful. Neck injuries can also cause significant disruption to your life, making it difficult to travel and complete normal everyday tasks. If your accident or injury was not your fault, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to talk to our expert team of no win no fee personal injury solicitors to see whether you can make a neck injury claim.
What Are The Common Neck Injuries?
Neck injuries include damage to any part of the neck, including the skin, muscles, tendons, ligament, cartilage or bones of the neck. This obviously includes a wide range of different types of damage. Common injuries include:
This is a very common injury following car accidents, but can be caused by a variety of other accidents. It happens when the head moves forwards and backwards very quickly and the muscles do not have the strength or time to control the movement. As a result, the muscles, tendons and ligaments can become very painful and movement can be restricted. The majority of whiplash injuries heal within three months, but a minority continue to cause problems for much longer.
- Muscle Strain Or Sprains
Almost all of the muscles in the body can be subject to a strain or sprain, and those in the neck are no exception. This can happen when carrying out any type of movement, but are more common when there is some form of heavy load or fast movement. These could include being struck with a heavy object or falling onto the head or neck. Sprains and strains can sound like minor injuries, but in the neck they can lead to headaches, pain in the neck, shoulders, back and arms as well as other symptoms such as a sore throat, irritability and hypersomnia (sleeping too much).
- Stingers (also known as burners)
These are a common injury during football, but can occur anytime that the head is subject to a strong force, especially if this is applied sideways. Stingers usually only last a few minutes, leading to a stinging or burning sensation running from the shoulder to the hand, hence the name stingers or burners. In normal cases, this type of neck injury would not be eligible for a neck injury claim, as it only lasts for a few minutes. In rare cases, they can become chronic, meaning that the sensation persists for a long period of time. If this happens and it can be directly linked to an accident or incident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
- Cervical Dislocation
Cervical dislocation is serious neck injury where the ligaments which usually keep the bones of the neck (vertebrae) in the correct place are damaged. This means that the bone can move out of position and cause severe pain and potentially put the spinal cord at risk. These can occur as the consequence of trauma to the head or to the neck and must be taken seriously.
- Fractured Vertebrae
This is when one or more of the bones in the neck is broken. This can be due to pressure (sometimes called a stress fracture) or trauma such as a fall. While all neck fractures must receive medical treatment, the severity can vary widely. If the injury is very mild, a neck brace may be sufficient to keep the bone still while it heals. More serious instances can require extensive surgery.
- Nerve Injury In The Neck
Nerve injuries as a result of an impact involving the neck can be very had to diagnose, as the symptoms can include chronic pain, irritability, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms that might not develop for some time after the initial injury. They are a relatively common secondary complication with fractures, dislocations and (more rarely) whiplash. Such secondary injuries are a part of the reason that it is so important that you seek expert advice when you consider making a neck injury claim for compensation, as you may not even be aware that these problems are connected with your accident.
- Road Traffic Accidents
Whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or other road user. It is also possible to sustain a neck injury as a result of a fall, medical negligence or an accident at work. No matter where you were injured, if you were not at fault for your accident you may be entitled to claim compensation for your neck injury.
If you have received these or any other neck injuries as the result of an accident that is not your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to talk to our expert team of no win no fee personal injury solicitors.
How Do I Make A Neck Injury Claim?
Claiming compensation for a neck injury that was not your fault can seem daunting. Our friendly team aim to make the claims process as easy as possible. We will talk through your situation with you, making sure that we get as much information as possible about your accident, your injury and the ways in which it has affected your life. We will give you an approximation of how much compensation we believe you may be able to get as a result of your neck injury claim. We will also discuss payment options. No-one likes the idea of ending up with expensive legal bills, so we offer the majority of our clients the option of a no win no fee arrangement. Under a no win no fee arrangement, you will not have to pay anything to begin your claim. Our payment would then be a percentage of the compensation you are awarded. If you do not receive compensation, you will not pay anything. This means that you do not have to run the risk of getting into debt to receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Neck Injury Claims Process And How To Start
Neck injury claims can sometimes be a little more complicated than other personal injury compensation claims, as there are often secondary problems that clients may not have known were linked to their injuries. Despite this, the legal process is the same. Once you have a signed a contract to proceed on a no win no fee basis with us, we are able to act on your behalf. We will write to the person who was to blame for your neck injury and ask whether they are will to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they were at fault). If they do not immediately accept liability, we will gather evidence on your behalf to prove that the accident was their fault.
Once liability has been agreed, we will then conduct negotiations to decide how much compensation you deserve. During these discussions, we will tell you about every offer the other party makes, and give you our expert advice as to whether it is a fair offer or not. Often, the other party will offer a substantially lower amount than you deserve initially, in the hope that you do not know how much you are entitled to, a tactic known as ‘low balling’. Having our experienced team on your side helps you to be sure that you’re making the right decision when you decide to accept an offer.
To talk to one of our friendly, expert team about your neck injury claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online.
How Much Compensation Is My Neck Injury Claim Worth?
All personal injury compensation claims can be divided into two parts. The first is the amount set by the Judicial College (a national governing body) as being appropriate for that particular injury. This is to compensate you for the pain and suffering associated with the injury itself. The Judicial College has given wide ranges for these amounts, to ensure that the amount you receive reflects the individual nature of your specific injury. For minor neck injuries that recover quickly (in under a year), the range is between £1950 and £3470. For the most severe neck injuries, however, the compensation can be over £118,000.
Once the compensation for the injury itself has been agreed, it is also important to consider the financial impact it has had on you. If you are unable to work, for example, you need to be compensated for lost earnings and even for the loss of potential future earnings if you are no longer able to continue in your chosen career. Similarly, if you have had to make alterations to your house, pay for private medical treatment or personal carer or incurred any other expenses as a result of the accident that led to your neck injury, these need to be made right. Compensation exists in law to get you back to the point that you would have been at if the accident had not happened, at least as far as that is possible. You should not be left out of pocket as a result of an accident that was not your fault.