Glendale Neck Injury Lawyers
Damage to your upper body can be debilitating, making it difficult for you to turn your neck and back, get out of your garage, lift your kids, or even sleep or sit comfortably. These injuries can range from damage to the upper portion of your spine to whiplash, which can spread down from the neck into the upper back. Many residents of LA County work paycheck to paycheck and work as contractors, which means even minor neck injuries can cost weeks of wages. Whether you received this injury in a car accident, slip and fall, or assault, you deserve compensation from the at-fault party. But to get it, you need the aid of an experienced Glendale personal injury attorney.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale neck injury attorneys take every injury and cost you have suffered seriously. We will thoroughly investigate your case, determine who or what caused the injury, and relentlessly hold insurance companies to their policies.
Call us at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and get the legal representation you deserve.
The neck is supported by a multitude of muscles, bones, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments that allow us to rotate our head, turn our upper body comfortably, and even control our limbs. When these tissues are damaged, either by being stretched, torn, or fractured, we become unable to perform daily tasks without a great deal of discomfort and pain.
Depending on the nature of your accident, your neck injuries may include:
- Whiplash or sprains in the neck
- Cervical dislocation
- Cervical spinal fractures
- Nerve damage, include quadriplegia
- Lacerations and scarring on the neck during assaults
- Damage to the larynx or vocal cords
The force of your accident and the placement of your body will ultimately determine the type of injury you suffer. In some cases, you may only have a strain or sprain in the neck, which can be treated with pain medicine, physical therapy, and rest. But in more severe cases, you may require surgery to repair a fractured bone or vertebrae, and some victims do end up paralyzed from nerve damage. Some victims have even lost the ability to speak when their vocal cords were damaged or paralyzed in an assault. Damage to the larynx from punches to the neck can also make it difficult to breathe.
Blunt force trauma from falls or vehicle accidents are the main cause of most neck injuries. Despite seatbelts and headrest technology, the neck is extremely fragile during car crashes and collisions with objects in the car. If you apply enough force to the upper spine or a muscle is pushed out of place, it can lead to fractures, strains, sprains, or pinched nerves.
Alternatively, some accidents lead to decelerating force, which occurs when different parts of the body move at separate speeds. This causes our muscles and bones to collide with each other, which can cause whiplash, pinched nerves, or even dislocations in the upper portion of the spine.
Our personal injury attorneys have encounter neck cases that involved:
- Auto accidents, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Swimming pool accidents, including slip-and-falls and diving injuries
- Negligent security cases
- Construction accidents
Whatever the cause of the accident, you are likely suffering from a great deal of pain, discomfort, and even physical disabilities. Moving on after such a trauma is no easy feat and requires extensive medical treatment.
Following an accident, a trauma doctor at an ER should thoroughly review your neck injury to quickly treat any short-term, life-threatening wounds, such as fractures in the neck, lacerations near major arteries, or identify symptoms of paralysis. Even if your injuries seem minor, a medical professional should still review you for whiplash or other strains and sprains, and may even request MRI’s, X-Rays, or CT scans to check for internal damage.
In some cases, you may be fitted for a neck brace and required to attend physical therapy to ensure you do not lose mobility in your neck. The first few days and weeks will likely involve a large amount of pain and difficulty moving your neck at sharp angles. Sleep may also be a challenge if you have trouble getting into a comfortable position. This is why attending prescribed physical therapy is so important, especially early on. The faster you can start exercising your neck muscles and improving your mobility, the faster you can get back to your daily routine.
More serious wounds like a damaged larynx or cervical spinal fracture may require surgery to reset the bones or ensure you can breathe properly. If the cervical spinal column is damaged extensively, you may be left paralyzed below the neck, otherwise referred to as paraplegia. This can leave you with a large amount of medical bills, including assisted living equipment, home-care, modifications to your living situation, and consistent treatment.
All of these injuries add up to expensive costs, both in terms of hospital and therapy bills and wages that you lose while you recover. If left paralyzed after a neck injury, you may have to change careers. All of this, in addition to the pain and suffering you have to deal with, should be included in your compensation.
Victims who have suffered minor and severe neck injuries deserve fair compensation from the at-fault insurance companies, but they often try to cut out genuine damages to save themselves some money. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale personal injury attorneys understand the real cost of these injuries to Los Angeles workers and will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation, ensuring not a single dollar is left out of your damages.
Learn what you can recover in a personal injury claim today by calling us at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online.