Neck injuries are often immobilizing. If you were the victim of an accident that resulted in a neck injury, you may be suffering from a list of symptoms ranging from neck pain to total inability to move your head. Even soft tissue neck injuries are far from minor and can require costly medical treatment.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to seek compensation. If you wish to learn more about how to file a claim, a Brentwood neck injury lawyer will explain how to pursue compensation against the responsible party.
Call the office of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today for a free consultation to get started at (516) 932-0400.
Common Causes of Neck Injuries
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we understand that a wide variety of accidents could cause neck injuries, from rear-end accidents to defective sports equipment. Some accidents seem like clear grounds for a personal injury claim, such as being struck by a reckless driver. However, other scenarios could qualify. Neck injuries may be caused by:
- Slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Food delivery driver accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Bicycle or pedestrian accidents
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Slip and Fall
Falling can cause the neck to be wrenched or jolted, leading to sprains, pinched nerves, whiplash injuries, and even fractures. With respect to whiplash, in particular, it is not exclusive to car accidents and can result from a fall. According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash can be caused by a sudden motion that forces the head to snap back and forth, straining the neck.
Slip and fall neck injuries can occur in an almost infinite number of different ways and settings. An example of just a few would include, falls due to uneven or slick flooring, loose stairway or balcony railings, unsecured cords or items, or poorly organized store layouts. Property owners have a responsibility to minimize risks to visitors. Failure to do so may be evidence of negligence.
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Slip and fall accidents can also occur on construction sites from uneven surfaces or faulty railings. Additionally, equipment or mechanical defects can result in neck injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) highlights fall along with being struck by objects as the two most common causes of fatality in the construction industry. When these kinds of accidents result in non-fatal injuries, they may lead to neck injuries that range from mild to severe.
A common source of neck injuries, car collisions could cause pain lasting a few days to life-altering conditions that result in impaired or diminished quality of life. Rear-end collisions, speeding, failing to yield, distracted or impaired driving, and running red lights can all cause neck injuries. Moreover, vehicle accidents don’t always involve just motor vehicles. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents could cause neck injuries, often with more severe consequences.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 16% of sports-related injuries involve the head and neck. Contact sports like football are a common culprit, but sports injuries can be caused by activities as varied as bicycling, riding ATVs, basketball, boating, gymnastics, and horseback riding, among others. Sports-related neck injuries may be caused by someone’s carelessness, such as by overworking athletes, not maintaining proper equipment, or neglecting safety measures.
To understand what qualifies as negligence, call the office of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400.
What You Are Suffering
Some possible neck injuries you may have suffered in an accident are:
- Sprains and strains
- Injured muscles and tendons
- Herniated disc(s)
- Broken/fractured bones
- A pinched nerve(s)
Whiplash alone can cause pain and numbness that radiates down the arms, in addition to headaches, dizziness, and lost range of motion. Pinched nerves and herniated discs are associated with extreme pain and diminished mobility. Even soft tissue injuries like sprains can leave you experiencing enough pain and stiffness to lose independence and miss work while you recover.
You might be experiencing losses in the form of pain, bills, and other losses. However, you could be able to hold the offending party accountable. A Brentwood neck injury lawyer will use your condition and medical records as evidence in your negligence claim.
When Someone Else Is Responsible
If you experienced your neck injury because of another person’s action or inaction, you could hold that person responsible. That responsibility could include payment for bills, compensation for your suffering, and considerations for how the accident will impact your future.
Depending on the case, you could seek compensation to help with the cost of:
- Hospital visits
- Doctor follow-ups
- Imaging tests
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Prescription medication
- Medical equipment
- Lost income
- Diminished ability to work
- Impaired or diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, according to New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214. Other deadlines are also important for your case, such as the need to collect witness statements and dash-cam or surveillance video soon after your accident. We recommend seeking help for your claim as soon as possible to ensure your case is on track.
How Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Helps
Once you retain our team to represent you in your claim for injuries and all related damages caused by the accident, we will get to work on your case, keeping you informed on how your case is progressing. Our first goal will be to identify who should be held liable. For instance, we could pursue the driver who rear-ended you, the product manufacturer of a defective piece of sports equipment, or a property owner who failed to maintain proper lighting in a dark stairwell.
We will keep you updated on your case as we identify liable parties, communicate with all parties involved in your claim, gather evidence, and determine a value for your claim. In gathering evidence to support your case, we will collect police reports, photos, and videos from the scene, and if indicated, expert testimony from professionals in the medical or rehabilitation fields. With this information, we will determine a value for your case to help us review and negotiate settlement offers.
Our Neck Injury Attorneys Serve Neck Injury Victims
If you suffered a neck injury caused by someone’s carelessness, a Brentwood neck injury lawyer will join you in the fight for compensation. We will meet clients on Long Island or in other locations in the New York Metropolitan area. We will also assist clients in other languages, if necessary.
A team member at the office of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will provide you with a free consultation for your case, so call today at (516) 932-0400.