Neck pain can be a burden to live with, preventing a person from doing activities they love the most, or even from sitting, sleeping, or performing daily tasks comfortably. In some cases, neck pain is so severe that it is debilitating.
There are multiple activities and accident types that cause neck injuries. While some may be truly accidents for which no one is to blame, in many cases, the root cause of a neck injury is the fault of another party. Consider these top causes of neck injuries:
Car accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of neck injuries, and the most common car accident neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head is whipped violently back and forth as a result of force exerted on a vehicle during a crash, mimicking the motion of a whip.
Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury. While it often heals with time – and sometimes with physical therapy and the aid of over-the-counter pain medications or other pain management techniques – it can be very painful. It may also take weeks or months to completely improve.
Slip and Falls Accidents and Falls from Heights
Another top cause of a neck injury is a slip and fall accident, as well as a fall from a high surface (most common in the construction industry). A slip and fall or a fall from height can cause serious damage to the neck, sometimes damage that is much worse than a whiplash injury. One of the most severe injuries that can result from a slip and fall (and which can also result from a car accident), is a fracture of the cervical spine. The cervical spine is the upper spine, or the bones found in your neck. Not only are these types of fractures painful, but they can be very dangerous too, even causing permanent injury or paralysis.
Finally, another leading cause of neck injuries are sports-related injuries. When the head makes contact with another sports player, an object, or the ground, serious harm to the neck may occur. Sports-related injuries to the neck can occur in nearly all sports types, but are common in sports like hockey, football, soccer, and diving. Most of these injury types are preventable.
Liability for a Neck Injury in Albuquerque
A neck injury can be very painful to deal with. When your neck injury leaves you with economic or noneconomic losses, and was caused by the negligence of another party, you have the right to seek damages for your harm by filing a negligence-based personal injury lawsuit. At the Law Offices of Allan L. Wainwright, our personal injury law firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico is here to help you pursue a neck injury claim, prove fault and damages, and get the money you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.