The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were an estimated 6,734,000 vehicle accidents in the United States in 2018. Although vehicle accidents are a leading cause of neck injuries—they are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries as well—there are other ways you could suffer a neck injury. Poor workplace safety, poor posture, slips, trips, and falls, and violence could potentially all cause neck injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a neck injury, we are here to help. The Westbury neck injury lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will assist you with your accident case. Call us for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400.
Understanding Neck Injuries
Neck injuries are usually categorized as a soft tissue injury. This category also includes bruising, contusions, cuts, sprains, and strains. These injuries are somewhat different from broken bones and fractures. Soft tissue damage can, in some people, heal itself over time as long as any required treatments, such as noninvasive therapy or medication, are administered. Soft tissue injuries common in the neck and upper back regions include muscle sprains and strains, whiplash injuries, and nerve injuries.
For the most part, soft tissue and neck injuries do not require any form of surgery unless the injuries in question are severe. For example, if nerves in the neck are torn, you may require a nerve graft or a nerve transplant. These are highly invasive surgical procedures. Unfortunately, if this type of treatment is needed and administered, a patient will likely experience considerable pain and discomfort.
If you or a loved one suffered a neck injury caused by the negligence, carelessness, or distraction of another party, you have the right to seek compensation from them. The Westbury neck injury lawyers with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will do that for you. We will gather evidence in support of your case and communicate with the various parties involved in your accident on your behalf. We will also quantify the value of your claim. We work to ensure that you recover all the compensation that the law entitles you to receive. Call us today for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400.
For a free legal consultation with a neck injury lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-932-0400
How Neck Injuries Occur
The vast majority of neck injuries are the result of accidents. Vehicle accidents are a common cause of such injuries, and many accidents that cause neck injuries are preventable. Rear-end accidents in which a vehicle is struck from behind are a leading cause of neck injuries. They could cause a neck strain or whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the body experiences a sudden impact, which in turn causes the head to snap back and then forward. The effect results in possible bone, nerve, muscle, or ligament damage, as explained by the Mayo Clinic.
There are many other ways that accidents could possibly happen. Common causes of neck injuries include the following:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Falling from a height
- Medical negligence and medical malpractice
- A lack of activity-appropriate safety gear in work or recreational settings
- A lack of training or supervision during activities
- Defective equipment
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Poor furniture or equipment design
- Swimming pool and hot tub accidents
Many factors could cause, contribute to, or aggravate a neck injury in any of the scenarios above. Poor lighting, slippery floors, and walkway hazards are common causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents. A lack of medical training and experience are common causes of medical malpractice injuries, as is poor judgment. Delayed machinery maintenance, overworked drivers, driving under the influence, and distracted driving are all common causes of roadway accidents that might lead to severe neck injuries.
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How We Help
Depending on how your accident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the event, we will:
- File your claim for you
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
Examples of the types of evidence we typically l collect for our clients to best prosecute their claims include the following
- Maintenance logs and the service history of trucks and vehicles
- Driver logs and driver histories
- Medication use of any at-fault parties
- Cellphone use to prove distracted driving
- Dashcam and/or surveillance camera footage
- Official police reports
- Medical history and treatment details
- Vehicle maintenance estimates and receipts for reimbursement
- Lost income and projected lost future income
Our Westbury neck injury lawyer will walk you through any questions or concerns you may have about these forms of evidence and about how we will go about collecting it.
Some injury claims have very specific requirements before you will file a lawsuit or an injury claim for compensation. For example, in order to file a medical malpractice suit in New York, your attorney must submit a “Certificate of Merit.” This document, as required by Civil Practice Law and Rules – CVP § 3012-a., provides as follows:
In any action for medical, dental or podiatric malpractice, the complaint shall be accompanied by a certificate, executed by the attorney for the plaintiff, declaring that…the attorney has reviewed the facts of the case and has consulted with at least one physician in medical malpractice actions, at least one dentist in dental malpractice actions or at least one podiatrist in podiatric malpractice actions who is licensed to practice in this state or any other state and who the attorney reasonably believes is knowledgeable in the relevant issues involved in the particular action, and that the attorney has concluded on the basis of such review and consultation that there is a reasonable basis for the commencement of such action;
When called for, we will obtain this necessary expert support. In cases where additional expert support is indicated, we will obtain the testimony of vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, economists and other experts.
Compensable Types of Damages
To succeed in a personal injury case, the plaintiff, by his or her attorney, must prove the existence of an injury and connect the injury to a specific event and/or act of negligence by another party to win the compensation sought from the at-fault party or parties. . To do this, the injured claimant’s lawyers must collect the various forms of evidence outlined above as well as the results of tests, scans, and medical assessments. Medical documentation that connects your injuries to an accident is very important to avoid being blamed for the accident by the responsible insurance company in their effort to delay, deny and defend against payment they should offer to resolve the matter promptly.
In addition to the costs of tests and imaging studies, we will seek compensation for:
- Treatment and medical bills
- Lost income
- Vehicle damage or property losses
- Pain and suffering
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Our team will help you with your neck injury case. Our Westbury neck injury lawyer is just a call away. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400. We work on Long Island and in the greater New York metropolitan area and will meet you for a private consultation. Do not hesitate to seek assistance for your case, so please call now.