Year: 2021

Personal Injury Law – Neck Injuries

Neck Injuries

You usually notice when a car is following too closely behind you. It probably makes you nervous. If traffic ahead of you suddenly stops or a child unexpectedly darts out into the road, a negligent driver behind you will likely crash directly into your vehicle and suddenly you’re the victim of a neck injury. Neck injuries are one of the most common types of car accident injuries, usually resulting from a rear-end crash.
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Although most car accident injuries require expensive treatments, neck injuries from a car accident that results in whiplash can be especially costly and take a long time to heal.

Come talk to one of our car accident lawyers if you’ve been injured in a crash. Call us toll-free or email us.

Common Neck Injuries

The neck is composed of bones, joints, tissues, and nerves that all work together to support the head. Although the soft tissue of the neck may be the only area that sustains damage, the damage may affect a variety of muscles throughout the body, as well as the spinal cord. More on this website

When there is a break in the cervical cord, a neck fracture results. The type and extent of the break depend on the position of the head upon impact and the angle at which the impact occurs.

A neck sprain may occur when the neck twists as the result of the sudden impact of a car accident. A neck sprain is usually the result of ligament damage. Ligaments are blocks of tissue that hold bones together.

Neck Injuries Affecting The Spine

Neck injuries are also related to spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by whiplash which damages joints or disks, which result in spinal cord irritation. A spinal cord injury can result in permanent disability, paralysis and can even be fatal.

Neck Injuries And Whiplash

Whiplash can best be envisioned by someone cracking a whip. When a car is unexpectedly smashed from behind, such as in a rear-end collision, the impact can cause the neck to suddenly snap forward and backward. These unnatural movements stretch the neck muscles and ligaments well beyond their normal range of motion.

Although whiplash may heal on its own after a few months, many times whiplash results in chronic pain that can last for years, which can require expensive treatment or rehabilitation.

Whiplash can also continue to persist for many years after an accident without any known cause.

Treatment Options
There are a variety of treatments for neck injuries. Treatment for a neck fracture depends on an individual’s age, current health and whether there is any spinal damage. A neck brace may be required to stabilize the neck.

Neck sprains can be treated by placing ice on the affected area and getting plenty of rest. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be prescribed.

The type of treatment given immediately after a spinal cord injury often depends on the long-term effects.

Whiplash is normally treated with over-the-counter medications and applying ice to the affected neck muscles. Prescription medications and physical therapy are other options.

Treatment for any sort of neck injury is often expensive. If a neck injury from a car accident was caused by a driver’s negligence, financial compensation may be available to the victim.

Our car accident lawyers are ready to help you when you’ve been injured in an accident. Call toll-free today or email us.

This blog was posted by Ford and Laurel Attorneys Laredo, Texas

What Can I Tell My Personal Injury Lawyer?

What Can I Tell My Personal Injury Lawyer?

When people first visit or speak to a personal injury lawyer, they often have a lot of questions they want to be answered. One common question involves exactly what their attorney is allowed to reveal regarding privacy. If you talk to your attorney, what does your attorney have to keep private, and what can he or she reveal to others?

All of these questions hinge on the idea of attorney-client confidentiality. This idea is one of the most basic concepts running throughout the modern legal system and is something that everyone should know about before talking to a lawyer.confidentiality - personal injury lawyers

Attorney-Client Confidentiality

The basic idea of attorney–client confidentiality is this; when someone talks to an attorney for legal advice, the attorney cannot reveal the statements that person makes to the attorney without that person’s permission. Not even a court can order an attorney to reveal this information, and by withholding it, the attorney does not violate the law. In fact, because attorneys must be licensed by the state to practice law, they have a legal obligation to keep client information confidential.

Confidentiality Requirements

In order for someone to have confidential conversations with an attorney, several factors must be present. First, the person you talk to has to be a licensed lawyer. Second, the communication can only be between yourself and your attorney, not other people. Third, confidentiality only exists if you are actually a client of the attorney, or spoke to the attorney in an attempt to become a client. Fourth, you can only engage in confidential discussions if you are seeking legal advice, and not if you are trying to commit a criminal act. Finally, if you and your attorney engage in confidential discussions, only you have the ability to decide if your lawyer is allowed to reveal the confidential information.

Practical Confidentiality

In practical terms, attorney-client confidentiality simply means that your lawyer has a legal obligation to keep private what you discuss in private. If you decide to go to court or sue someone, much of what you say will likely become open to discovery. This means that the other side will likely be able to find out exactly what the facts are in the case. In practical terms, this means that almost everything that happens in a personal injury case will become public knowledge, or at least become known to each side in the lawsuit process.

Further, it’s important to realize that not every conversation you have with your lawyer will be confidential. For example, if you and your attorney have a discussion in a public place where others can overhear you, that discussion is not confidential.

Getting Confidential Advice

If you ever have a question about attorney–client privilege and the issue of confidential discussions, you should bring those questions up to your lawyer. You always need to be confident that your personal injury attorney is doing everything he or she can to help you. Maintaining privileged conversations is part of that relationship.

If you or someone you know is the victim of a personal injury and are seeking the advice of an attorney, be sure to contact a reputable personal injury attorney in your area immediately.