Attorneys Helping with Neck and Spine Injuries Across Arizona
Neck and spinal injuries are the most common types of injuries that happen in auto accidents, often at no fault of the victim. Depending on the severity of the injury, the pain might be resolved with physical therapy or chiropractic treatment, but these injuries could also produce chronic pain and even nerve damage.
If you are the victim of a neck or spine injury, contact an experienced personal injury law firm in Colorado and Arizona. to fight for you. Dr. Joseph Ramos is both a medical doctor and an attorney. His comprehensive understanding of medicine allows him to provide accident victims with the best guidance throughout the complicated claims process. Contact us today for expert representation for your neck and spine injury case.
Common Causes of Neck Injuries
Victims often suffer neck and spine injuries in accidents caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness. Whether it was another driver, an employer, a coach, a store owner, etc., if they acted in a negligent manner, they should be held responsible. The neck and spine attorneys at Ramos Law will fight for reimbursement for your medical costs, lost wages, or other accident-related expenses.
Common accidents that cause neck and spine injuries include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Sports injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falls in nursing homes
- Construction accidents
- Falls from heights or on stairs
Do Not Rely on Insurance Companies
Do not accept any settlement before you speak with an attorney. Large insurance companies often offer unfair settlements to those involved in an accident because they know the victims are unsure of what is a fair payment and might feel pressured to accept. When the insurance adjuster contacts you or your family after the accident, they will try to gain your trust but you need to be aware that they are not on your side. Their goal is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
The life-long effects of your injuries will affect you and your family and you deserve to be fairly compensated for the damages you have suffered. Fill out our free case evaluation or contact our Phoenix neck and spine attorneys today!
If you’ve been in an accident and suffered some type of head, neck, or brain injury, you might not feel bad immediately following the incident. It’s not unusual for accident victims to begin feeling symptoms in the days or even weeks following the crash with some of the most common being:
- Increased fatigue
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of focus
- Increased irritation while operating a vehicle (“road rage”)
- Pain, numbness, and tingling which can signal nerve damage
The extent of pain and injury you experience after an accident varies based on your age, level of fitness, the speed of the vehicle(s) on impact, and several other factors. In any case, it’s vital that you receive a thorough medical evaluation from a trained professional to document your injuries in case you need evidence of them when filing a personal injury claim.
Neck Injury Basics
The neck injury term that most are familiar with is “whiplash” but it actually refers to a range of neck injuries caused by a sudden jerking motion of the head. When your head suddenly moves back and forth, the ligaments and muscles in your neck may stretch past their usual range of motion, causing strain or sprain. Whiplash symptoms most commonly arise within 24-hours following a traumatic incident.
Whiplash symptoms may include:
- Stiffness and neck pain
- Trouble concentrating
- Arm pain or numbness
- Decreased muscle strength
- Ruptured discs
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings or irritability
- Ringing in your ears
- Trouble with memory
- Pain when turning your head
- Abnormal reflexes
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spine is made up of a long column of 33 bones held together by ligaments and soft tissue that create the range of motion we have in our back. Several muscles extend in various directions from our spine, and any of these 33 vertebrae, ligaments, tissue, or muscles can sustain an injury following a traumatic event. A victim could potentially face years of medical problems from just a small amount of trauma to the back.
A bundle of nerves is encased within the spinal column and these nerves are responsible for carrying messages from the brain to the body and vice-versa. Since these nerves play such a vital role in transmitting information to nearly every part of the body, any injury to the cord can be devastating. If the spinal cord is damaged, severed, pinched, or in any way injured, it can result in full or partial loss of sensation and motor control from the neck down — spinal cord injuries may even be fatal.
Back trauma can lead to:
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Other painful symptoms
In a 2018 report from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center (NSCISC), vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury, closely followed by falls. Acts of violence (primarily gunshot wounds) and sports/recreation activities are also relatively common causes. There are an estimated 288,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States.