Neck and back injuries are some of the most common types of physical traumas suffered by car accident victims. Even if the spinal cord is not damaged, back injuries and neck injuries can be debilitating. At Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation, our team of catastrophic injury lawyers represents victims in San Jose and the broader regions of central and Northern California. If you sustained a neck or back injury in an accident that could have been avoided, we encourage you to learn more about your legal options. Call (408) 292-2434 to schedule a free case evaluation for more information.
Soft Tissue Neck Injuries Can Be Especially Painful
Neck injuries can be extremely complicated. Many times, when one part of the neck is damaged, other parts suffer as well. For instance, if an individual suffers from whiplash, he or she may also suffer from ligament sprain and muscle damage. Many neck injuries can be categorized as soft tissue injuries.
Generally speaking, soft tissue injuries involve damages to ligaments, muscles and tendons. Sprains, strains and contusions are common soft tissue injuries. Victims of soft tissue neck injuries may suffer swelling, bruising and pain.
Sometimes, soft tissue injuries heal without professional medical treatment. At-home remedies such as ice, pressure and rest may be enough to allow the injury to heal. However, soft tissue damage in the neck may require doctor’s visits and medical treatment.
Muscle Strain Is A Common Affliction
Muscle strain is another common injury suffered in the neck and back. Sometimes, muscles pull or tear. In these instances, the muscle may become damaged, attacking the tendons. Muscle strain is usually caused by heavy lifting, sports or everyday activities.
Strain may also be suffered in accidents such as car collisions or slip-and-fall injuries. Additionally, muscle strain could be the result of repeated tasks that involve heavy lifting or place strain on the muscles in any way. All or some of the muscle fibers may be torn. If all fibers are damaged, the injury may be identified by broken blood vessels, bruises, local bleeding and pain.
Muscle strain can be identified by:
- Open cuts
- Pain (when the muscle is used or at rest)
- Inability to use muscles
Muscle strain injuries can be treated at home, but severe cases require medical attention. Generally speaking, muscle injuries that persist for more than 24 hours may need treatment. If at-home remedies do not successfully subside the pain and symptoms, you should be treated by a doctor as soon as possible.
Certain Types Of Accidents Can Cause Whiplash
As one of the most common injuries suffered by accident victims, whiplash may occur when the victim’s head is quickly thrown backward and forward. This type of injury is often the result of traffic accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, falls, sports injuries and other types of trauma.
In some cases, whiplash can damage joints and disks in the neck. Nerve roots and the spinal cord may be damaged as well. Whiplash victims may suffer weakness, numbness, tingling, pain, stiffness, dizziness or an inability to sleep. This type of injury is not life-threatening but may require the attention of a medical professional.
A Herniated Disc Can Decrease Your Mobility
Herniated disc injuries occur in the neck or back and can be debilitating. This type of injury occurs when the nucleus pulposus (a soft substance inside the disc) is pushed out. If the nucleus pulposus is pushed out of the disc onto the nerve root, the injury may become extremely painful. Additionally, the victim may suffer weakness, numbness and pain.
Herniated disc injuries may be the result of sudden stress, car accidents or repeated stress to the joint. These types of injuries are often caused by repeated heavy lifting or
accidents that twist the neck or spine. This type of injury requires medical treatment and usually includes physical therapy and medication for recovery. Depending on the severity of the injury, a herniated disc may require surgery.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Hold Negligent Parties Accountable
If you’ve suffered a neck or back injury because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Neck and back injuries can be the result of many types of accidents. If you’ve suffered whiplash because another driver made a careless mistake, Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, doctor’s visits and other expenses. Call us today at (408) 292-2434, or visit our contact page to
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