It’s quite common to experience some type of neck pain and stiffness following a car accident. Just the sheer force of impact can cause the entire body to tighten, let alone cause neck injuries that may not become evident for days, weeks, even months after the accident. Whiplash is the most common neck injury, but muscle tears, spinal fractures, and nerve damage can also occur, hide and gradually arise.
When symptoms appear after the fact, it’s not unusual to assume that the neck injury is minor and will heal with time; however, most often, symptoms linger, get worse, or appear in other parts of the body such as the back, head, shoulders, and limbs.
If you’ve been in an auto accident recently, take a moment to check out the following checklist to determine if your neck pain is more serious than once thought:
Experiencing trauma to the neck and other parts of the spine can be very serious if not treated accordingly. It’s always important to see your doctor either immediately or soon after an accident so that any injuries, minor or not, are documented, treated, and followed up with necessary care.
The time between sustaining a neck injury and treatment can be critical in determining the extent of complications and the amount of recovery. It’s always best to err on the side of caution when your body is concerned. Neck injuries not only cause pain and discomfort, but can also wreak havoc on your home life, as well as at work.
If you are experiencing chronic neck pain from an accident due to a negligent party’s action, please feel free to speak to our team of experienced attorneys at (860) 346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We are here to the provide the legal support you need in this time of healing.