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How Common are Neck Injuries in a Car Accident?

Posted on April 16, 2016

Unfortunately, for Tulsa residents, car accidents occur all too frequently. Injuries sustained in minor car accidents are seemingly non-threatening due to the absence of visible trauma, and are often ignored. However, failing to seek medical attention after a minor car accident, or ignoring fleeting symptoms of injury can result in serious long-term effects. For example, neck injuries are common car crash injuries, and sufferers may not show sign of trauma immediately after personal injury. If you were recently diagnosed with a car accident-related injury, speaking with an experienced a lawyer may help you receive compensation for your medical bills.

What Causes Neck Injuries?

Trauma is the common cause of neck injuries. The neck forms the main support for your skull. The neck can be injured by gradual strains such as sudden movements or overuse and by direct blows to the head/ shoulder region. Usually, passengers or drivers who are involved in car accidents are the victims of neck injuries as they are generally in a static or non-moving position, and experience a sudden jolt in movement.

What are the Symptoms of a Neck Injury?

If you were recently injured in a car accident, you may have sustained a neck injury. To be sure, symptoms often include:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Neck pain, back pain, and/or stiffness;
  • Shoulder pain and/or stiffness;      
  • Sudden fatigue; and/or                    
  • Visual disturbances.

When Should See a Doctor about My Injury?                                              

Seeking medical treatment after a minor car accident may seem trivial; however, failure to seek a physician’s exam after an accident could result in serious long-term injuries that will be more difficult to treat later. Moreover, treatment for these long-term effects can be costly to you and your family. Long-term effects of an untreated whiplash injury include:

  • Depression;            
  • Drug dependency;
  • Hostility and anxiety;
  • Insomnia; and
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Finding a Lawyer to Represent You

When accidents and injuries happen, it is important for victims to seek justice as soon as possible to protect their rights. There are time limitations for filing lawsuits in Oklahoma, so if you are a Tulsa resident and believe that you have a potential case, we encourage contacting us right away.

Tulsa residents, if you are suffering from a neck injury and were involved in a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall, or any work-related accident, consult with an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer to learn about compensation you may deserve. Call us at the office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C. at 918-745-9960, or a fill out online contact form for a free initial consultation. We will fight to get you maximum compensation for your losses.