Neck injuries can occur in any type of accident that causes the head to move around with sufficient force but is often the result of being inside the front vehicle involved in a rear-end accident. Common symptoms associated with neck injuries include:
- Neck pain
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Numbness or pain the arms or hands
Can You Recover Compensation for a Neck Injury?
Under Maryland law, people who are hurt in accidents caused by the negligence of others are entitled to compensation, and accidents involving neck injuries are no exception. In a personal injury case, negligence refers to a person’s failure to use the same degree of care that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would ordinarily use. Negligence can look different depending on the circumstances. Examples of negligence that often leads to serious neck injuries include:
- Following other vehicles too closely while driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to adequately maintain amusement park rides
- Impaired driving
- Negligent coaching of athletes
- Failing to account for poor weather conditions while driving
- Defective design, manufacture, or marketing of sports equipment
These are just a few of the ways that negligence could lead to neck injuries, and anyone who has sustained neck injuries in an accident caused by another person should review the case with an experienced attorney.
The Importance of Diagnosing and Treating Your Injuries
Neck injuries are typically invisible, which makes those cases difficult for victims. Unlike with bruises, lacerations, or broken bones, a person usually shows few outward indications of neck injuries. As a result, insurance companies often contest the injury by alleging that victims are not as injured as they claim and that victims are lying about the pain they feel to inflate their compensation.
The most effective thing that you can do to protect your legal rights as a victim is to seek medical attention and to actively participate in your recovery. This means seeing a physician as soon as you can after an accident, speaking honestly about your pain, attending all follow-up appointments, and complying with all treatment recommendations. Not only will this ensure that your injuries heal as quickly as possible, it will also generate medical records that detail the extent and severity of your injuries—all of which your attorney can use as evidence in negotiations with the insurance company or in court.
Call Alpert Schreyer Today to Speak With a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustained neck injuries that someone else’s negligence caused, then obtain appropriate medical treatment right away. It is just as important, however, to protect your legal rights by retaining an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, today at (844) 632-7274, or send us an email through our online contact form.