Car accidents can be traumatic and life-altering, causing physical, emotional and financial distress to the individuals involved. Neck injuries are among the most common types of injuries resulting from car crashes.
The impact of a collision can cause various types of neck injuries, ranging from mild to severe. Below are a few common types of neck injuries that can result from a car crash.
This type of neck injury occurs when the head is jerked forward or backward suddenly. This sudden movement causes the neck to move beyond its normal range of motion, resulting in pain, stiffness and limited mobility. Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end car crashes but can also occur in other collisions.
2. Cervical fracture
A cervical fracture is a break in one of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck. This type of injury is severe and can cause paralysis or death if the spinal cord is damaged. Cervical fractures can occur in high-speed collisions or when the neck is subjected to a sudden, violent force.
3. Herniated disc
This type of neck injury may occur when one of the discs between the vertebrae ruptures. For example, in car accidents, the sudden impact can cause a herniated disc in the neck, leading to pain, numbness and weakness in the arms or hands.
4. A pinched nerve
This can cause severe pain, tingling or numbness in the arms or hands. This injury may occur when nerves in the neck are compressed or squeezed due to the sudden impact of a car crash.
Neck injuries resulting from car accidents can range from mild to severe and can significantly impact an individual’s life. Fortunately, if you or a loved one were involved in a car crash and sustained neck injuries, you can file a claim to obtain compensation for damages.