Accidents such as those involving motor vehicle crashes often result in neck injuries. Often the neck pain is not felt until one or two days after the accident. Some neck injuries require surgery and physical therapy. Often, neck injuries will result in life-long pain management. That is why it is important to hire an experienced neck injury lawyer for help. Because neck surgeries are costly procedures, making sure that the party or parties responsible for your injury cover your medical costs is important.
At The Law Office of Casey W. Stevens, in Alpharetta, Georgia, we work with clients just like you - individuals concerned that their medical bills and other costs associated with their injuries will financially cripple them. Let our attorneys help you in getting compensation that covers all areas associated with your personal injury. Contact us today. We’ve handled many neck and spine injury cases, and have recovered millions for our clients.Common Neck Injuries
A common neck injury whiplash, which involves muscles and tendons. It occurs when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop, but the head is thrust forward, putting extreme tension on the neck.
Other injuries are often serious and sometimes require other treatments or surgery.
A pinched nerve is called cervical radiculopathy and occurs when pressure is placed upon the nerve in the neck or back. It can be caused by whiplash, swelling, or when cervical or spinal bone is moved out of place.
Spinal cord compression is known as cervical myelopathy. This occurs when the spinal cord itself is under pressure due to an injury.
A broken neck or cervical fracture. Is self-explanatory. A broken neck is the most severe of all neck injuries and can result in paralysis.Treatments After a Neck Injury
The neck itself can be injured for many reasons. Someone can fall and the impact on their body can travel to their neck. Pain from neck injuries can be immediate or delayed for days as swelling sets in and nerves get pinched. It is best to seek medical assistance on the day of your injury, or within a few days of the accident. Delaying treatment may hurt your case.
Treatments include everything from alternating ice and heat to surgery. Here are three of the most common neck injury treatments.
A cervical fusion is often required when the neck is unstable or if movement in the neck causes pain. With this procedure, two cervical bones are fused to stop the motion in the area of instability. This requires less recovery time, but also results in reduced mobility and increases the chance of having the procedure repeated in the future.
A cervical anterior discectomy and fusion is done to treat a pinched nerve or spinal cord compression. Part of the vertebral body and bone spurs are removed.
A Laminectomy is to reduce pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The idea is to remove involved ligaments, disks, and bone spurs to allow more room for the pinched nerves and cord. A metal hinge is inserted on the lamina to reduce pressure.Obtaining Compensation After a Neck Injury
If you obtained an injury following a work-related accident, car crash, or slip and fall, speak with our attorneys. Together, we will examine the specifics of the accident leading to the injury and determine if we can build a strong case for obtaining compensation. Meet us in our Alpharetta, GA neck injury law office, or in one of our five other metro Atlanta locations. Contact us.