Katy Car Accident Neck Injury Attorney
Neck injuries can be completely disabling. Whether you suffered whiplash, a fractured vertebrae, or a spinal cord injury, the at-fault party can be held accountable for your medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. However, winning a fair lawsuit settlement or verdict is easier said than done; the other party will likely do everything in their power to deny liability or devalue your claim. To ensure that you are treated fairly during this challenging time, we encourage you to work with a Katy car accident neck injury attorney at The West Law Office.
Whiplash is a common injury in most traffic collisions. It is caused during a sudden acceleration or deceleration in which the head is rapidly forced back and forth. Whiplash is marked by trauma to the soft tissues of the neck, including muscle and tendon. Symptoms include headache, pain in the neck and back, tingling and loss of feeling, fatigue, imbalance, memory issues, depression, anxiety, irritability, and loss of range of motion. While whiplash generally clears up either on its own or with physical therapy in a matter of months, in some cases it can take much longer to heal. If the pain and immobility lasts longer than a year, it has become chronic, and it may never fully go away.
A slipped or pinched disc can occur in serious Kat car accidents. A slipped or pinched disc causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hands and arms, weakness, and immobility. If a disc is punctured or burst, it is called a herniated disc, in which the fluid within the disc leaks out, causing extreme pain.
Fractured Neck Vertebrae
A fractured neck occurs when the spine is compressed from the head down, during a blow to the neck, or from a sudden jarring side to side or back and forth movement, similar to how whiplash occurs. The higher the fracture is on the neck, generally the more serious it becomes.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are the most severe type of neck damage. If the bone in a fractured vertebrae lacerates the spinal cord, temporary or permanent paralysis will occur, leaving the victim completely paralized in the worst case scenario. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may heal with time, while complete spinal cord injuries do not. Sadly, there is no treatment to restore function in a complete spinal cord injury. The type of paralysis or loss of motor control in the hands or legs depends on how far up or down the point of injury within the neck. The higher the point of injury, the more body parts become affected.
Contact a Katy Car Accident Neck Injury Attorney Today
Neck injuries can take many months or even years to heal, during which the victim is forced to live a life of pain and immobility. Tragically, some car accident neck injuries never heal completely. If you were injured by another person’s negligent driving, our Katy car accident neck injury attorneys are here to help. Call us today at 283-347-3247 to schedule a free consultation.