Neck Injuries in Car Accidents

Miami Lawyers Assisting Victims of Auto Collisions

An injury to the neck is one of the most common sustained by victims involved in a vehicle accident. Neck injuries in car accidents can range in severity, from whiplash to breaks in vertebrae. Regardless of the type, all neck injuries are painful and require recovery efforts by victims. If your neck injury was caused by a negligent driver, you may have legal recourse to receive compensation for your injuries. Miami car accident attorney Robert Dixon of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon helps those injured in a serious collision pursue legal action against the parties responsible for their harm. Our firm works with clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as elsewhere in South Florida, to ensure they receive comprehensive legal representation while victims focus on healing. If you have questions regarding your legal options in the aftermath of a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Robert Dixon to schedule a free consultation.

Types and Causes of Neck Injuries in Car Accidents

Nationwide each year, over three million neck injuries caused by car accidents are reported, with over half of those injuries leaving victims with symptoms lasting six months or more. Some of these car accident injuries result in lifelong chronic pain, interfering with many sufferers’ ability to work or participate in activities as they once did. An automobile accident can lead to different types of neck injuries for those involved. Since a person’s neck is an intricate system of bones, tissue, blood vessels, and other parts connecting the brain to the rest of his or her body through a spinal column, the potential of harming one, or more, of these parts, is great given the impact of an automobile accident. Rear-end collisions are especially notorious for causing neck injuries, due to a victim’s head often being jolted forward from the force of the car hitting the vehicle from behind.

Whiplash is the most common neck injury sustained in a car accident, which involves injury to a neck’s ligaments and tendons. However, other serious injuries such as broken bones in and around the neck, as well as shifting of a victim’s spine leading to bulging or herniated discs can occur as well. These injuries, especially neck sprains or strains, are not always symptomatic right away, and may develop later. Common signs that a neck injury has occurred include: neck stiffness or change in ranges of motion; pain; headaches, back or shoulder spasms; and numbness. Immediately following a collision, it is vital to seek prompt medical attention so that any underlying neck injuries can be identified and treated.

Legal Action for Neck Injury Victims

Most car accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence, which is especially true for those that cause neck injuries by hitting another motorist from behind due to tailgating, speeding, or another careless maneuver. Personal injury claims based on negligence require a showing that the defendant has breached his or her duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances, causing the victim’s neck injury and resulting in damages. An experienced accident lawyer can help you demonstrate the extent of your losses. Neck injuries can require multiple trips to the doctor, rehabilitative efforts, surgery, and may even result in permanent impairment. Victims injured by another’s negligence may be entitled to damages in the form of medical costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, or compensation for pain and suffering.

Car Accident Attorneys for Injured Victims in Miami

Even if you were partially at fault for causing an accident, you may still be entitled to damages from other parties liable for your injuries. Neck injuries in car accidents are more than just temporarily painful, and often lead to long term recovery efforts. Lawyer Robert Dixon and his staff assist Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach residents in personal injury claims arising out of serious automobile collisions and can help you figure out your next legal step. If you’ve sustained a neck injury as a result of a rear-end collision, or any other type of motor vehicle accident, please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligation consultation and find out more about our services.