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An overview of neck injuries

Neck injuries are often a result of modern living. Many are workplace injuries suffered by people who are required to sit uncomfortably at computer desks or in driving seats for much of the day. Whiplash in particular is a common neck injury suffered by around 80% of people who have been involved in car accidents.

We are associated with a panel of personal injury claim solicitors who are experts at dealing with compensation claims made for neck injuries of all descriptions. They have a fantastic success rate and are likely to be able to help you like they have helped thousands of others.

Neck injury types
The neck extends from the back of the head down between the shoulder blades and from the back of one shoulder to the back of the other. Minor neck pain could be a result of trouble with the neck muscles, joints or ligaments whereas a more serious neck injury could involve damage to the spinal cord.

Minor neck pain: pain and discomfort as a result of holding your head in an awkward position for much of the day is usually caused by a minor muscle or ligament strain which leads to the tissue becoming inflamed and pain signals being sent to the spinal cord. This can be prevented by maintaining good posture and by taking regular breaks from sitting or standing for long periods of time. This type of neck injury can usually be treated with anti-inflammatory pain killers, a warm bath and a gentle muscular massage. Ninety percent of those who suffer from minor neck pain will recover within two weeks.

Whiplash: this is a neck injury caused when the body is jerked and the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the neck are stretched beyond their natural position. The neck stretches to protect the head and neck from sustaining further personal injury. These are most commonly the result of road accidents although sporting accidents and any other incidents which involve the neck being jolted suddenly can result in whiplash. Our personal injury claim solicitors are highly experienced at dealing with whiplash injury compensation claims.

Spinal cord injury: extreme flexion or extension of the neck can result in traction on the spinal cord with subsequent injury. This is a severe injury that can lead to sensory and/or motor deficit, autonomic dysfunction, and bladder/bowel dysfunction. During the year 2000 there were 666 new patient admissions to all Spinal Injury Centres in the UK and Ireland. The majority of these personal injuries were caused by falls and the next most frequent cause was road accidents.

Neck injury symptoms
There are both physical and psychological symptoms that may be experienced by those who have sustained neck injuries. These include:

Neck injury diagnosis
If you suspect that you have sustained a neck injury and you visit your doctor the following factors may be taken into account before a particular personal injury is diagnosed:

Neck injury treatment
The severity of your neck injury obviously determines the type of treatments you would have to undergo. However, treatments may include any combination of the following:

Neck injury compensation amounts
When you enlist the help of a personal injury claim solicitor to pursue a claim for neck injury compensation there are many factors that may be taken into account to determine the amount of compensation to which you are entitled.

Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis or where the injured party, despite wearing a collar 24 hours a day for a period of years, still has little or no movement in the neck and suffers severe headaches which have proved intractable - in the region of 82,000.

Injuries which give rise to disabilities that fall short of those described above but which are of considerable severity such as permanent damage to the brachial plexus - 36,000 to 71,500.

Severe damage to soft tissues and/or ruptured tendons, resulting in significant and permanent disability. Precise award is determined by length of time during which the most serious symptoms lessen, and on prognosis - in the region of 30,000.

Fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion. Markedly impaired function or vulnerability to further trauma, and some limitation of activities is left - 13,500 to 18,000.

Whiplash or wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type, resulting in cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain, stiffness or discomfort and the possible need for further surgery or increased vulnerability to further trauma - 7,500 to 13,750.

Injuries which may have exacerbated or accelerated some pre-existing unrelated condition. There will have been a complete recovery or recovery to 'nuisance' level from the effects of the accident within a few years. This compensation bracket also applies to moderate whiplash injuries where the period of recovery has been fairly protracted and where there remains an increased vulnerability to further trauma - 4,250 to 7,750.

Minor soft tissue and whiplash injuries where symptoms are moderate:

And a full recovery takes place within about two years - 2,500 to 4,250.

With a full recovery between a few weeks and a year - 750 to 2,500.

Appoint a personal injury claim solicitor
If you have been involved in a non-fault accident and sustained a personal injury then we are here to help you make a compensation claim.

Whether you are suffering from a neck injury, head injury or back injury we can help you to claim the compensation that you rightly deserve.

Our personal injury claim solicitors have an excellent success rate and working on a no win no fee basis they can help you to claim for pain, suffering, lost earnings, medical expenses and more.

For free legal advice online click here or click here to arrange for a member of our claim team to get back to you at a convenient time. Call 0800 197 32 32 to find out more about our services and to be put in touch with the most suitable personal injury claim solicitor to deal with your case.