A Cervical Sprain Can Be More than Just a Pain in Your Neck
Cervical strains and sprains can cause serious injuries to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the neck, and including tears.
According to the Mayo Clinic “The difference between a sprain and a strain is that a sprain injures the bands of tissue [the ligaments] that connect two bones together, while a strain involves an injury to a muscle or to the band of tissue [the tendons] that attaches a muscle to a bone.”
Is a Cervical Strain/Sprain the Same as Whiplash?
The most common sources of cervical strains are car accidents and sports related neck or head injuries. The average human head weighs about 12 pounds. This means when a motor vehicle crash causes an impact to the body, the kinetic force makes your head snap back and forth rapidly on your neck.
This action along with the resulting pain and strain on the neck is commonly called “whiplash” by the public.
While “whiplash” is not a legal term, and whiplash-type injuries are often viewed by some as being “fake claims”, the effects of a Cervical strain or sprain should be taken seriously.
Even low speed motor vehicle crashes, or crashes where there is not a lot of visible property damage can impart enough force to cause tearing of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your neck. Such damage can lead to debilitating pain and weakness that lingers for years.
At Fisher Stark, P.A., we have decades of experience representing people with serious neck or cev sprains and are familiar with how such injuries can alter someone’s life and the lives of those around them.
We work hard to help people with neck (cervical) injuries resulting from car accidents, falls, product failures and more. If you or someone you know has suffered a neck injury or serious head injury, we invite you to call Fisher Stark, P.A. today at 828-505-4300 to schedule a free consultation.
Symptoms Associated with Cervical Neck Injuries?
The first complaint of someone with a cervical injury may be neck pain, weakness, or headaches. When the neck is injured, it is painful to keep your head supported properly.
Many people believe that headaches are only associated with the head, but this is not the case. The neck has 200 times as many ligament and muscle receptors for position sense (keeping your balance) than anywhere else in the body.
So, when your neck gets injured, and these receptors are damaged you may experience dizziness or a sense of imbalance.
What are Neck or Cervical Strain Symptoms?
Prompt medical treatment is important. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident or injury, it is important to see a health care professional. Neck injuries are serious, and the symptoms will likely not relieve themselves if the injured soft tissue scars over.
Cervical scar tissue can cause immobilization of your neck joints leading to dizziness and headaches along with pain. Treatments can include medication, injections, or surgery to recover and regain some form of normal function to the neck.
Even you think your neck sprain is minor, you need to see a medical professional immediately, especially if you feel the slightest hint of pain or discomfort. This is because most soft tissue injuries like cervical strains (and other whiplash-type injuries) don’t show up immediately after an accident.
If another driver is at fault for your collision and you are hurt, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against that person. As the injured party, you might be entitled to compensation. Compensation is not necessarily limited to reimbursement for medical expenses. Personal injury compensation may also include:
- Pain and suffering
- Money for scars and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Care and assistance if the injuries required a friend or relative to give noteworthy assistance in your day-by-day life
- Lost wages
Automobile crash victims who experience the ill effects of neck injuries deserve fair compensation. Science confirms that car accident victims who experience neck pain in the days following even a low-speed impact may suffer long term and serious head and neck injuries.
Asheville Car Accident Lawyers
The law in North Carolina calls for fair compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. While ultimately, it is a jury who will determine what is fair and reasonable compensation, with over 200+ jury trials under our belt, the lawyers at Fisher Stark stands ready and willing to fight for you and your loved ones.
Our experienced team of trial attorneys can advise you or represent you on your personal injury or insurance claim. Our lawyers understand how serious a neck injury can be and that you deserve fair compensation for yourself and your loved ones.
If you have been injured in a car accident and you live in Buncombe County or anywhere in Western North Carolina, we invite you to call the car accident lawyers of Fisher Stark at 828-505-4300 for a free consultation.
We will work hard to get you the justice & fair compensation you deserve. Fisher Stark, P.A. is a highly respected personal injury law firm in Asheville, NC. We provide experienced legal help for clients in Buncombe County and all of Western North Carolina. Collectively, our legal team – Perry Fisher, and Brad Stark – have more than 40 years of trial practice, and have participated in more than 1,000 personal injury & accident cases. Call Fisher Stark, P.A. at 828-505-4300 for a free consultation.