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An injury to the neck may cause a wide range of symptoms from chronic pain and muscle weakness to permanent disability. Serious neck injuries that involve a fractured cervical vertebra can cause partial or complete paralysis. A spinal cord injury survivor may be permanently disabled and in need of full-time assistance and ongoing care. If another’s careless acts caused your neck injury, then you should talk to an experienced injury attorney who has experience pursuing spinal injury claims.

Younce & Vtipil is a highly regarded Raleigh law firm that represents individuals who have sustained serious injuries caused by the negligence of others. A serious neck injury can be life-altering and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. You may be left with limited mobility. You will need an experienced spinal injury attorney who is committed to advocating forcefully on your behalf and pursuing compensation that reflects the full extent of your present and future expenses related to the injury.

If you and your family are coping with a serious neck injury caused by another’s carelessness, the attorneys at Younce & Vtipil are here to help you pursue compensation for present and future medical care, lost wages, diminished quality of life and other expenses. Younce & Vtipil uses state-of-the-art case management tools to make sure that clients receive the best hands-on legal service possible.

Causes of Neck Injuries

A neck injury may be caused by a car crash, a workplace accident, a slip and fall or a sports accident or other type of trauma.

The lifetime costs of a spinal injury depend on the severity of the injury, the age of the individual and other factors. It is important that any insurance claim related to your spinal injury reflect the lifetime costs associated with the injury.

The estimated lifetime health and living expenses for a person who is partially paralyzed and diagnosed with paraplegia at age 25 will be roughly $2.3 million, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. A 25-year-old who is diagnosed with quadriplegia will have estimated lifetime costs of $3.4 million to $4.7 million depending on the level of the injury.

After a serious injury, you will want to explore all the sources of compensation available to help you recover from the injury and regain independence. Neck and spinal cord injuries often require complex medical investigations and legal analysis. It is important to work with a law firm that has the resources and determination to pursue these complex injury cases wherever they lead.

Spinal Cord Injury

The effects of a spinal cord injury depend on the level and nature of the injury. A sharp blow to the neck or head can cause damage to one of the seven cervical vertebrae (referred to as C1 to C7) resulting in partial or complete paralysis. A spinal cord injury may cause loss of sensation and movement below the level of the injury. These types of severe injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle crashes including motorcycle accidents, falls, diving accidents and sports injuries. Individuals with a neck injury to the C1 to C4 vertebrae will likely require help from others for all of their mobility and care needs. You or your loved one may be diagnosed with paraplegia or quadriplegia, depending on the loss of motor function.

Pinched Nerve in Neck

Car crashes, falls, other types of trauma and stress from repetitive work may cause a pinched nerve in the neck. The compression of a nerve by surrounding tissue causes inflammation and disrupts the nerve’s function. It may cause sharp or aching pain that radiates from the neck into the arms and shoulders. Cervical stenosis or a herniated disk also may cause a pinched nerve.

Cervical Stenosis

Cervical Stenosis involves narrowing of the space in the center of the seven vertebrae that form the neck, causing pressure on the spinal cord or nerve. It is most common among adults 50 years of age and older. It may be caused by degeneration related to aging. But anyone who sustains an injury to the neck may develop cervical stenosis. A fall or other type of traumatic accident may dislocate the cervical bones or cause burst fractures that push bone shards into the spinal canal. A patient with cervical stenosis caused by some type of trauma may require surgery to get some relief from nerve pain.

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash involves a soft tissue injury to the tendons and ligaments of the neck. A driver or passenger in a car crash may sustain a neck sprain or strain if his or her head is thrown violently backward and forward by the impact of the collision. Whiplash injuries are the most frequently reported injury resulting from car crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Any type of car accident may cause a whiplash injury, but the injury is most common in rear-end collisions.

Can I seek compensation for a whiplash injury caused by another driver?

Whiplash injuries can be quite painful and limit your movement for a period of time. A whiplash injury may not be apparent immediately after a collision. Instead, you may wake up a day or two afterward and experience neck stiffness and soreness. If your whiplash was caused by another driver’s carelessness or disregard for safety, you may have a legal right to seek compensation.

Do I have a claim for a sports Injury?

Some sport injuries are unavoidable. But a young athlete may suffer a preventable neck injury because of negligence on the part of a coach or a school. A school may not fix hazardous conditions or fail to maintain equipment properly, resulting in a neck injury. In cases of negligence, a personal injury claim may be appropriate. Approximately 80 percent of the victims of spinal cord injuries are males. Young men are more likely to sustain neck and spinal injuries partly because of contact sports. But cheerleading is a cause of a significant portion of serious injuries to female athletes. If your child has sustained a sports-related injury, have a knowledgeable neck injury lawyer review the specific details of your injury and discuss your options.

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A serious neck injury can require extensive medical care and leave you unable to work while unpaid medical bills pile up. You and your family do not have to shoulder the burden of a serious neck or spinal injury alone. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a neck injury or spinal injury, you need a determined attorney who cares about your recovery and your future. The legal team at Younce & Vtipil offers a free consultation to review your legal options and discuss whether you have a personal injury claim.

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