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Car accidents are a leading cause of neck injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Car Accidents |

From bruises and cuts to broken bones and soft tissue injuries, a car accident can leave you with a variety of injuries. If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you may be eligible for damages as provided for by Maryland negligence laws

One of the potentially life-altering injuries you can sustain following a car accident is an injury to your neck. Depending on the severity, an injury to your neck can leave you disabled and unable to carry on with your normal life. 

Common signs of neck injuries

Different types of neck injuries come with specific symptoms. With that in mind, here are some of the common neck injury signs and symptoms you need to look out for following a car accident:

  • Dizziness
  • Unending headaches and migraines
  • Neck stiffness
  • Tingling, weakness and numbness of the neck
  • Numbness of the extremities
  • Neck pain that travels down the spine

Here are the common types of neck injuries you can sustain in a car accident:

  • Soft tissue injuries – soft tissue injuries to the neck are usually characterized by muscle spasms, limited movement, severe pain, and stiffness of the neck and shoulders.
  • Neck fracture – this is one of the most severe neck injuries you can sustain. Besides the pain, a neck fracture can also lead to paralysis.
  • Whiplash – this type of injury happens when the neck and head are violently jerked backward and forward during impact. Whiplash injuries are quite common during rear-end collisions.
  • Pinched nerves – a severe crash can lead to the displacement of the spinal discs, thus forcing them out of position. If this happens, the accident victim will experience severe pain, tingling, weakness and numbness in the affected area. 

Car accidents happen all the time. However, if you sustain a neck injury in a car accident that is not your fault, you may be eligible for financial restitution for your damages.