Cervical Injuries Suffered in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Cervical Injuries Suffered in Motor Vehicle Accidents

It’s not uncommon to hear of people experiencing cervical injuries – or neck injuries – due to a motor vehicle accident. But how would you know if what you’re suffering is just a simple “pain in the neck” or something much more serious? After all, not all injuries present themselves right away.

As a personal injury attorney and motorcycle accident attorney in Trinity with more than 25 years of experience, I have served many clients who experienced cervical injuries and can share some insight that I’ve gained through my experience.

The cervical region of the spine includes seven vertebrae (bones) that attach to the base of the skull. Between these bones are discs that cushion and absorb the normal shock of everyday activities like walking, running, and jumping, but not necessarily the shock of a traumatic incident. Muscles and ligaments run along and across the cervical spine. Finally, there are nerves that come from the spinal cord and travel through these cervical bones. All these areas can be injured in an accident.

Cervical injuries are often caused by whiplash. Even if you’re wearing a seat belt, the force of an auto accident can cause a person’s head to jerk forward and then back again, or from side to side.

Neck pain experienced after a car, truck or motorcycle accident could be caused by many different types of injuries with varying degrees of severity.

Sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments are a common cervical injury. Another possible injury is a herniated disk, which is when the outside of one of the discs tears and the material inside the disc begins to come out through the tear. Other cervical injuries can include fractured vertebrae and nerve damage.

Throughout my decades as an auto accident lawyer in Trinity, one thing I have observed is that it’s impossible to determine the nature or severity of a cervical injury without a doctor.

Florida law requires that to file a claim for PIP/No fault benefits with one’s insurance company for injuries suffered in an auto accident, an individual must seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting a few weeks after an accident in the hopes that whatever symptoms your experiencing are minor and will heal on their own. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms at all, it’s best to be examined by a doctor within 14 days of the accident as the law requires.

If you have more questions about cervical injuries suffered in an accident or any other questions, contact the Law Office of Charles S. Philips, personal injury attorney in Trinity, Florida. We would be happy to answer your questions. If you need legal representation, we’ll make sure you get the compensation you deserve, so you can get the medical care you need.

-Chuck Philips