Neck Injuries as a Result of Car Accidents

Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

May 31, 2022

Did My Car Accident Cause my Neck Pain?

Chronic neck discomfort is debilitating. It imposes restrictions on movement and involvement in everyday activities. It exerts pressure on the emotions, usually resulting in dread and worry. It hampers both job performance and the pleasure of life. It may result in a person developing an addiction to pain drugs.

Millions of Americans live in anguish due to chronic neck discomfort. Frequently, this discomfort is the consequence of neck injuries sustained in an accident or via trauma. When an accident or trauma occurs due to another’s negligent or reckless behavior or because someone failed to take reasonable precautions to avoid it, the neck injury victim has legal rights under Colorado law to obtain compensation.

We will discuss the many forms of neck injuries and their influence on sufferers’ lives in this blog article. If you have suffered a neck injury and are now suffering from chronic neck discomfort due to another’s acts, contact an experienced Colorado neck injury attorney now.

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Frequent neck Injuries

Neck injuries are caused by trauma or injury to the neck’s structures, including muscles, soft tissue,  and the cervical spine’s vertebrae and discs (the uppermost part of the spine). Neck discomfort,  muscular stiffness, and spasms, headaches, numbness, paralysis, or tingling in the arms or hands are  the most frequent signs of a neck injury. The following is a list of the most prevalent forms of neck  injuries.


Whiplash is perhaps the most prevalent neck injury we see in our practice at Warrior Car Accident Lawyers. Our customers most often experience whiplash  after motor vehicle accidents, particularly those whose vehicles have been rear-ended by another  vehicle.

In this accident, the leading vehicle and its passengers undergo an abrupt, unexpected  acceleration, followed by a quick deceleration. The mid-spines of the driver and passengers absorb  the power of the acceleration and send it upward, similar to the wave that runs the length of a  bullwhip when it is cracked.

And, similar  to the tip of a whip, when the structure at the top of a  person’s spine—their head—cracks, the energy is released violently forward and backward, inflicting injury to the neck’s soft tissues. Of fact, whiplash does not just occur in automobile accidents. Whiplash may also be caused by severe strikes in contact sports and risky amusement park rides.

Whiplash injuries, regardless of how they occur, leave patients with severe and often persistent neck discomfort. However, it is not all. Additional possibly long-lasting whiplash symptoms, according to National Institutes of Health materials, include the following:

  • Stiff neck;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (myofascial injuries);
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Paraesthesias (abnormal feelings such as burning or prickling);
  • Suffering from shoulder or back discomfort;
  • Impaired memory;
  • Impairment of concentration;
  • Nervousness/irritability;
  • Disruptions in sleep
  • Exhaustion; and
  • Depression.

Whiplash sometimes has an unwarranted image as a “fabricated” ailment. That is not the case.  Anyone who has suffered from the long-term repercussions of whiplash can attest to the significant  impact on one’s quality of life. If someone else’s carelessness caused the impairment, that person or  corporation needs to be held accountable, and you deserve compensation.

Herniated Discs in the Cervical Spine

The spine covers and protects the spinal cord. It comprises bones (vertebrae) and spongy discs that function as shock absorbers and enable the spine to flex. These discs are filled with a gel-like fluid that imparts their shock-absorbing properties. A herniated disc occurs when the outer coating of the  disc ruptures and the disc fluid leaks out. A herniated cervical disc is found in the top section of the  spinal column, also known as the cervical spine.

Cervical disc herniation may occur for several causes. Often, discs deteriorate naturally over time. However, a herniation may occur due to any kind of forceful trauma to the spine, such as a vehicle accident, contact sports, or an unintentional fall. According to the North American Spine Society,   when a cervical disc herniates, it may compress nerves and/or the spinal cord, resulting in various symptoms such as neck discomfort and shoulder and arm numbness or tingling. These diseases will persist or worsen until the sufferer obtains therapy, which may require surgery if less invasive kinds  of treatment are unsuccessful.

Nerves that have been pinched/damaged

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, a blow that pushes or presses the head to one side might injure the brachial plexus nerves that give sensation to the arm. These blows may  occur in an automobile collision or in other types of mishaps, such as a hard fall or when participating in contact sports. Because of the pinching, bruising, or straining of the nerves, a severe  condition called a stinger or burner might develop—shooting pain in the neck or shoulder,  sometimes accompanied by tingling or discomfort in the arm or hand. The majority, but not all, of these injuries result in only transient pain. However, if the nerve damage is significant, the  consequences may remain longer and

need medication and treatment to reverse.

Spondylosis of the Cervical Spine (Arthritis of the Neck)

Cervical spondylosis affects many individuals as they age due to the degradation of the neck joints  and discs over time. However, a blow to the cervical spine or repeated movements over time might  hasten the start and progression of this kind of arthritis. As anybody who has lived with arthritis will  attest, it is a painful illness that may significantly influence an individual’s quality of life.

Why Do Neck Injuries Occur?

As the explanations above indicate, neck injuries may develop in a variety of ways. Some are long- term issues, while others are instances in which individual experiences a blow or impact to the  cervical soft tissue and spine. These include the following:

Motor vehicle collisions;

Accidents in the workplace, industry, or construction;

Recreation and sports;

Falls and slips;

Chronic stress; and


Of course, these are not the only possible causes of neck injury. Regardless of how you sustained a neck injury, you should seek legal counsel if the negligent or irresponsible conduct caused the harm. Who Is Liable for Neck Injuries?

Certain neck injuries are unavoidable. They are not your fault, and you must endure them to the  best of your ability, hopefully with the assistance of competent medical care and therapy. However,  some neck injuries should be avoided. They arise as a result of someone else’s negligent or  irresponsible behavior, which resulted in your experiencing injury. The next sections discuss some of  the most prevalent instances in which neck injuries occur and the persons who may be legally liable  for your damage.

Automobile Collisions

In a motor vehicle collision, any number of persons may bear legal culpability for causing injury to others. They include negligent drivers who cause accidents, employers of negligent drivers who cause accidents in commercial vehicles, car manufacturers that create faulty components that cause accidents, and even road crews and local governments who fail to plan, construct, and maintain safe roads.          In brief, anybody who breaches a duty of care to others on the road by behaving in a manner             that may reasonably be anticipated to cause injury to others may be liable to compensate those injured.

(Note, however, that all drivers in Colorado are obliged to have no-fault insurance, which is the principal kind of insurance that covers injuries caused in an accident. However, if the collision resulted in serious injuries or deaths, the other motorist may still be obliged to pay damages. Consult an expert vehicle accident attorney for additional information.)

Accidents in Work/Industry/Construction

The majority of Floridians who suffer a neck injury on the job are protected by workers’ compensation insurance, which is regulated by the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and some other costs associated with occupational injuries, such as neck injuries caused by hazardous working conditions or an accident  on                  the job. This article will explain your and your employer’s duties if you incur a neck injury in the workplace.

Workers’ compensation protects you regardless of who is to blame for your accident. It would exempt your employer from compensating you for a job injury, even if your employer caused the accident.

However, not all expenses are covered by workers’ compensation, and your employer   is not usually the sole one liable for your accident. Other parties that may be liable to you for causing  a working injury, even if you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, may include makers of  workplace items and equipment and, in rare cases, coworkers who knowingly cause you damage. To  learn more, speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Recreation and Sports

When we participate in sports, we all accept a certain degree of danger. However, parents of children who participate in sports are well aware that youngsters are not always capable of assessing

those dangers in the same way that adults are. Parents rely on adults to keep their children reasonably safe when on the field or court during a game. When a kid suffers a significant neck injury during an athletic event, certain parties may be held liable for failing to take reasonable precautions to guarantee the minor athlete’s safety. They include coaches, referees, and organizers  who fail to maintain control of games and practices or fail to teach and follow proper first aid  procedures, facility managers who fail to maintain safe settings for athletic activities, and parents of athletes who purposefully cause injury to others. Similar parties may also be liable, to a lesser  degree, for adult athletes who sustain a serious neck injury while engaging in organized sports. To  learn more, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

4. Unintentional Falls

Falling is a significant risk factor for many Floridians, especially those 65 years and older. When a person falls and gets a neck injury on another person’s property (public or private), Colorado law may impose liability on the property owner or occupant. The facts surrounding the occurrence that resulted in someone falling and injuring their neck will determine whether or not an owner/occupier  is liable and to what amount. To learn more, contact an experienced Colorado premises liability attorney.

The Solution: An Attorney Can Assist

People often believe that a neck injury is insignificant in the broader scheme of things. And, to be  sure, unlike some more serious injuries, neck discomfort is tolerable. However, it has the potential to  create significant upheaval in your life. And, if it was not your fault, you are entitled to reimbursement for the inconvenience caused.

A knowledgeable Colorado neck injury attorney can assist you in obtaining such compensation. However, before consulting an attorney, it is critical to obtain proper medical attention and  treatment. Determine the extent of your neck injury, the cost of treatment, and the likelihood of a  complete recovery. Adhere to your physician’s directions. Then consult an attorney.

What services may a lawyer provide? To begin, a skilled neck injury lawyer can analyze the underlying reasons for your condition and determine if another party may be legally liable for your losses. As previously stated, there is not always another party to blame for a neck injury. However, it is not always obvious to non-lawyers who may be responsible for what seems to be a random accident. Allow a lawyer to analyze the source of your neck injury and determine if you have a claim against someone.

If that person or corporation exists, a lawyer may also seek money from them (or, in many cases,  their insurance company). Numerous issues are resolved when an expert attorney initiates  discussions with such a party. If a settlement cannot be reached, a lawyer may potentially take your  case to court, where a judge and jury will determine how much compensation you receive.

Consider Neck Injuries Extremely Serious

You do not have to suffer from a neck injury. It might have a detrimental effect on your health. Seek proper medical care and then consult with a knowledgeable Colorado personal injury attorney to assess if you have a claim.

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