Though neck injuries are relatively common in Canada, their consequences can be severe. The Canadian Society of Head and Neck Surgery reports that when a penetrating or blunt trauma occurs, the major structures of the neck can become easily damaged. The voice box and windpipe are both located in the structure of the neck. Any crushing injury that compromises the trachea can compromise the ability to breathe. Additionally, the major carotid artery and jugular veins run through the neck. If these arteries start bleeding, a person can easily bleed out without intervention. Finally, the neck also holds the vertebral spine. If this part of the spine suffers damage, a person can become paralyzed.
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The Brampton, Ontario Neck Injury Lawyers at Preszler Law Firm Can Help
We understand the stress that suffering from a painful neck injury can cause. If someone else’s negligent actions or inaction caused your neck injury, you might have a viable claim for compensation. For over 60 years, the lawyers of Preszler Law Firm have competently represented Canadians.
Our lawyers appreciate the toll suffering an injury takes on our clients and their families. To see if you have a viable neck injury claim, please call us toll-free at 1-800-JUSTICE® or fill out our case evaluation form.
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Car Accidents Resulting in Neck Injuries
Ontario motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of neck injuries in Canada. The sudden extreme force placed on a person’s neck during a car accident can cause severe damage. Other common causes of neck injuries in Canada include:
- Physical abuse including strangulation
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents during high-impact sports
- Workplace accidents
- Pedestrian or bicycle collisions
- Hiking, swimming, and boating accidents
Symptoms of a Neck Injury
Neck injuries vary vastly depending on the location and severity of the damage. The following symptoms are common when it comes to neck injuries:
- Stiffness of the neck
- Loss of range of motion
- Bulging or herniated disks
- Neck muscle strain or sprain (commonly called whiplash)
- Disturbed sleep
- Muscle weakness
- Neck pain
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Whiplash Neck Injuries
The term whiplash does not denote a medical diagnosis. Instead, whiplash refers to the whipping of one’s head forward and backward. Whiplash is a commonly occurring and well-known incident.
The symptoms must follow an incident in which someone’s head snaps back into hyperextension and then immediately thrown forward into flexion. The whiplash of one’s neck can cause several medical diagnoses. The whiplash of the neck can lead to several medical diagnoses, such as:
- Damaged neck joints
- Damaged spinal discs
- Neck strain
- Herniated discs
- Fracture of the spinal bones in the neck
- Spinal cord and nerve damage
Herniated Discs in the Neck
A herniated disc neck injury occurs when the nucleus pulposus, the soft substance contained in a spinal disc, escapes outside of the spinal disc. When this soft substance escapes the spinal disc and sits on a nerve root, it will usually cause pain. Sudden, forceful stress on the spinal disc in the cervical spine, located in the neck, can cause a herniated disk. Car accidents, accidents involving blunt-force, and even slip and fall accidents can result in herniated discs.
Symptoms of a herniated neck disc include:
- Neck pain
- Weakness in arms
- Numbness in arms
- A burning sensation around the disc location
- Electrical shock sensations that shoot up and down the neck
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, the extent of your injuries might not become apparent for several days or even weeks. The whiplash of the neck can cause lifetime symptoms and hardships, such as:
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory problems
- Cervical spine stiffness and pain
- Arm pain or weakness
- Arm Weakness
- Blurry vision
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Restricted movement of the head and neck
- Sleep problems
Whiplash can also result in mental health challenges leading to social isolation, anxiety, or depression resulting from pain and suffering.
Neck Muscle Strain
A neck strain happens when the muscles that move the upper spinal column and head suffer an injury. Neck muscle strain sufferers often experience painful neck muscle spasms, radiating pain, and reduced neck flexibility. Medical professionals grade neck sprains from mild to severe. Grade 1 strains are the mildest while grade 4 sprains are the most critical. According to the Quebec Task Force, grade 1 neck strains involve neck stiffness, tenderness, and complaints of neck pain with no physical signs of neck strain.
Grade 2 strains involve musculoskeletal signs such as tenderness and decreased range of movement and neck complaints. Grade 3 neck strains include neurological symptoms such as reduced tendon reflexes, weakness, sensory deficits, and neck complaints. Finally, the most severe grade 4 neck strains must involve a fracture or dislocation of a bone in the neck.
Do I Have a Viable Neck Injury Claim in Canada?
To succeed in a neck injury claim in Canada, you must prove that the defendant acted negligently and breached a duty of care owed to you. Next, you must prove that the defendant’s negligent actions caused your injury. If you were involved in a car accident, for example, you would need to demonstrate that the other driver’s negligence caused the car accident in order to have a viable tort claim. Accident benefits are still provided in car accident claims no matter who is at fault.
Finally, you will need to prove that the car accident caused your neck injuries. We work with medical experts who give our clients thorough examinations. Our experts testify as to the extent of the neck injuries and the daily pain challenges, pain, and suffering they cause.
Types of Compensation for Whiplash Personal Injuries in Canada
Successful Canadian personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to compensation, such as:
- The cost of medical expenses, including physical therapy
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for attendant care or housekeeping and home maintenance services
- Compensation for pain and suffering
Why Hire a Brampton, Ontario Neck Injury Lawyer?
The Brampton neck injury lawyers at Preszler Law Firm treat our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. We provide prospective clients with free initial consultations. We work on a contingency fee basis.
If you choose to work with us, you will not have to pay us until we settle or win your claim. Our lawyers have successfully recovered millions of dollars in personal injury damages for thousands of clients. To schedule your free Brampton legal consultation, contact us today.