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Neck Injury - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


If you have been injured in the UK by a healthcare professional including a doctor, dentist, nurse or technician in a surgery, hospital or clinic and would like to speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about Neck Injury without further obligation, just use the helpline. A medical negligence lawyer who deals exclusively in personal injury claims involving clinical negligence will speak to you, giving free advice and information on how best to preserve your legal right to receive compensation as a result of injuries caused by medical negligence. We operate using the no win no fee** scheme and you will not have to fund or finance your claim in any respect. In the event that the claim is successful the other side will pay our legal charges and if we are not successful you pay nothing at all. You have nothing to lose in taking up our offer of free advice and there is no further obligation should you decide not to pursue a claim further. We offer a true professional risk free service and you will only ever deal with a qualified, specialist medical negligence solicitor who answers to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Do yourself justice and call our offices today.

Neck Injury

A neck injury can represent anything from a neck sprain to whiplash to cervical fracture and spinal cord injury. The most common causes of a neck injury include a motor vehicle accident, a fall from a great height or a sporting injury, such as a diving board accident in shallow water.

Neck injuries are actually very common. People can slip and fall or accidentally have their neck jerked to one side or another. This, along with the activities of daily living or recreational activities can lead to frequent pain in the neck. Ordinary neck pain can feel like a kink in the neck, a stiffness of the neck or a severe pain in the neck. The pain may extend down the back or onto the shoulders.

More severe pain can dislocate the discs that cushion the vertebrae. The vertebrae of the neck can be fractured in a severe fall or motor vehicle accident. The muscles and ligaments that hold the vertebrae together can become disrupted. These are more serious kinds of neck injuries and some require surgery to correct.

Other minor injuries can be caused by tripping, falling from the same height or excessively twisting the spine. A severe injury, other than car accidents or falls from great heights, can be caused by strangulations, penetrating injuries, like stab wounds or a direct hit from the top of the head.

When pain is the result of a ligamentous injury, there is often aching and stiffness of the neck with pain on moving the neck. If there is shooting pain that goes down to the fingers, the problem is likely a nerve root compression or pinched nerve root. It tends to be more serious if it is a bilateral phenomenon.

Any time there is a neck injury that seems severe, the patient needs to be immobilized in a cervical collar. Failure to do this is tantamount to malpractice. Only when the neck is cleared by x-ray or CT scan can the cervical collar be removed. This is a common first aid method for cervical spine injuries. It reduces the risk of paralysis in situations where the neck is fractured but not protected.

If the disk is ruptured, the patient often feels nauseated, dizzy or can have a headache. Some may be treated conservatively, while others need to be treated by having a diskectomy. This removes the part of the disk that has extended into the spinal cavity or has put pressure on a spinal nerve.

If the patient is having difficulty moving the arms or legs, or has numbness, tingling or loss of bowel or bladder function, it is likely a spinal cord injury. It can be a partial injury or can be bruising of the cord without a complete resection of the cord. These are cases where tender treatment of the neck can be especially helpful. When the fracture is determined, the person can go to surgery and have the C-spine placed in a more stable condition, possibly with a halo type device.

Regardless of the type of injury, physical therapy can help improve function, decrease pain and relieve the tension in the muscles and ligaments. The type of physical therapy depends on the nature of the injury. Some patients can benefit from chiropractic care along with occupational therapy in severe cases where there is cord damage or neuropathy pain. Older people benefit from gentler physical therapy that doesn’t damage the neck further, while younger people need physical therapy and occupational therapy that restores the maximum amount of function for the longest period of time.

Medications for neck injury include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants. These seem to work the best in most cases of neck injury with narcotics used for serious injuries.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here