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Neck injuries may occur in a car crash

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Car crashes can lead to a variety of injuries, some of which can result in lifelong symptoms. For example, a neck injury has the possibility of dramatically impacting a victim’s life.

Understanding various types of neck injuries and their potential consequences is crucial for anyone who has been involved in a car crash, as well as their loved ones.


One of the most well-known neck injuries resulting from car crashes is whiplash, which occurs when the head is suddenly jolted forward and then backward. This can pull the muscles and ligaments in the neck. The stretching can lead to tears, which may cause the soft tissues and other structures to become unstable. Symptoms may not appear immediately but can include neck pain, stiffness, dizziness, headaches and severe neurological issues. While most people recover from whiplash relatively quickly, others face long-term pain and other challenges.

Cervical fractures

Cervical fractures are another severe injury that can result from the high-impact force of a car accident. This type of fracture involves breaking one or more of the cervical vertebrae in the neck. Depending on the severity, cervical fractures can lead to permanent paralysis or even be life-threatening. Immediate medical attention is vital to minimize long-term consequences.

Disc injuries

Disc injuries are also common in car crashes. The impact can cause the discs between the vertebrae to rupture or herniate, leading to severe pain, numbness or weakness in the neck, arms or shoulders. Treatment for disc injuries can range from physical therapy to surgical intervention. The severity, location and type of injury determine the treatment a person will receive.

Anyone involved in a car crash is at risk of each of these injuries. Neck pain or stiffness and changes in the ability to move or feel the arms signal a need for urgent medical care. In some cases, lifelong care is necessary. All of the care from the injury forward can become costly. Victims of a car crash caused by another person’s negligence may opt to pursue a compensation claim. Seeking legal assistance to resolve the case can enable the victim to heal while the representative resolves the case.

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