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Neck Injury Claims
Neck injuries are a common type of injury and come in a variety of different guises, ranging from very mild symptoms right through to the more severe. They are often preceded by accident, trauma, falls and even through degenerative changes which can sometimes occur due to repetitive activities, such as lifting at work.
If you have suffered an injury to your neck, that was caused by someone else’s actions, then you will be eligible to claim compensation for your injury.
Unfortunately, it’s a well-known fact that any type of damage to one part of the neck can quickly cause damage to others. This is because all the bones, joints, soft tissue and nerves in the cervical spine all work together to hold up and move the head. Suffice it to say, when the neck sustains an injury, there can often be a much bigger impact on the body than you might first imagine.
There can be little doubt that any type of neck injury can be quite distressing but rest assured, you’re certainly not alone. If you’ve been involved in any type of incident that wasn’t your fault, and you’ve suffered a neck injury as a direct result of it, then we’re here to help.
The main purpose of compensation is to put you back into the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. This means that you might well be able to claim for any associated losses such as loss of earnings, prescription charges, travel expenses, medical fees and so on.
To enable us to make a full assessment of your neck injury claim we’ll most likely recommend that you see a medical professional who specialises in neck injuries so that he or she can properly assess your injuries and also give some indication as to how long your injury might take to recover from. This is important information for us since we’ll then be able to liaise with the other party regarding any future requirements you might have – such as any time off work you might need, future prescription costs and (in more serious cases) even domestic help with daily chores such as housework, shopping, gardening and so on.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Neck Injury Claim Amount – How Much Will I Get?
The amount of compensation you might be entitled to will depend on a whole host of different factors so it’s always very difficult to give an approximate amount.
Whilst our website has an interactive compensation calculator to use, (click here: https://smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/claims-calculator/) the amount you might be entitled to claim will vary massively from case to case. However, one of our experienced advisors will be able to assist you on this and we’ll always help you as much as we possibly can.
How Long Will My Neck Injury Compensation Claim Take?
Again, there’s no definitive answer as to how long your compensation claim might take to process.
If the other party involved with your incident admits liability straightaway, then the chances are we’ll be able to process your claim quite quickly (and sometimes, without the need to obtain further evidence from expert witnesses such as medical consultants and so on).
If, on the other hand, the other party either completely denies liability – or they feel that you were partly to blame for the incident (sometimes referred to as “contributory negligence”) – then we might need to obtain further evidence, and this can often mean we wouldn’t usually recommend settlement straight away.
To speak with one of our specialist injury solicitors for Free advice on making a claim, the please call us on 0800 195 95 90
Whiplash often occurs as a result of a road traffic accident and is caused through the sudden movement of the head either forwards, backwards or sideways, thus resulting in the soft tissues around the neck area becoming stretched or damaged. However, whiplash can also occur through a very simple slip or fall in cases where the head is suddenly jolted backwards – or even by being struck on the head by a heavy or solid object. Consequently, this type of injury can quite easily be sustained in the workplace and often means that an employer has breached their legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Neck Injuries Affecting Nerves & Spinal Cord
Unfortunately, some neck injuries are capable of affecting or damaging the nervous system. This typically occurs when the spinal structure comes into contact with (or puts pressure on) a spinal nerve root, the spinal cord or even both.
Muscle Spasms & Neck Strains
Although they might not sound particularly serious, muscle spasms can be extremely painful and can even be indicative of other, more serious, underlying problems such as arthritis or a disc problem.
Muscle spasms can often be brought on by an employer’s failure to ensure their staff have a suitable workplace to work from – for example, a computer screen being placed either too high or too low for the worker, thus resulting in muscle cramps; particularly for those who use computers for the vast majority of their working day. This kind of injury often effects the back and can be very debilitating. For more info click here smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/personal-injury-claims/upper-body-injuries/back-injury-claim/
Neck strain can also occur when the muscles attached to the upper part of the spine suffer any type of trauma. Strains like these are usually graded from mild to severe; the latter of which usually require immediate medical attention.
A neck fracture is a break in the cervical bone and can be extremely painful. As with any other bone in the body, neck fractures can occur for any number of reasons, including simple slips, trips and falls or road traffic incidents.
If the neck bone moves out of its normal position, then it can quickly create spinal instability. What’s more, if it becomes dislocated then the ligaments will usually become disrupted, causing them to separate from the bone below. When brought on by trauma (such as a road traffic incident) then dislocations will often be accompanied by a fracture.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If a fracture, dislocation or other types of neck injury damages the spinal cord then there can certainly be a great risk of either complete or incomplete paralysis. In fact, if the spinal cord is damaged at the third cervical vertebra or above then there is also a risk of fatality. For more information on making a spinal injury claim please click through here!