Neck Injury Lawyers with Offices in Merrillville & Valparaiso, Indiana

Are You Suffering From Neck Pain After An Accident? You May Be Entitled To Receive Compensation For Your Injury

Neck injuries can range in severity from relatively minor sprains that heal in a matter of weeks or months to catastrophic injuries which could cause lifelong paralysis.

In most cases, these injuries occur without warning and are the result of someone else’s negligence.

The neck injury attorneys at Sarkisian Law have the legal expertise and medical knowledge necessary to prove liability for your accident and pursue compensation for any damages you have suffered.

Call us today for a Free consultation:

Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998

If we take on your case, it will be on a contingency basis, meaning there is no charge to you unless there is a recovery in your case.

We represent neck injury victims in a wide variety of accidents, including:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Automobile accidents
  • Trucking accidents           personal injury lawyers for neck injury cases
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Plane accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Factory accidents
  • Steel mill accidents
  • Defective products
  • Defective machinery
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice

We Strive To Help You Recover Maximum Compensation For Your Losses:

  • past, current and future medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • rehabilitation
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of employment potential

Soft Tissue Neck Injuries

A soft tissue injury includes damage to muscles, tendons or ligaments throughout the body. These injuries can be difficult to visibly detect on an X-ray or scan, but the pain can be substantial and take time to subside. Even if you believe your neck injury is minor, additional damage can sometimes develop weeks or months after an accident.

Whiplash

The most common type of neck injury is whiplash, also categorized as a neck sprain or strain. This usually occurs during a  rear-end auto collision causing your head to suddenly move either backward, forward, or sideways (like the cracking of a whip) with great force. This sudden movement causes the tendons and ligaments in your neck to stretch and tear.

The symptoms of whiplash usually show up within 24 hours of an accident. Some may develop over the next few days and last several weeks.

Common symptoms include:    
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  • neck pain and stiffness
  • headaches (specifically at the base of the skull)
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • constant weariness

Long-term symptoms of whiplash may include:

  • problems with concentration and memory
  • ringing in the ears
  • inability to sleep well
  • irritability
  • chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, shoulder blades or head

Contact your physician immediately if you have:

  • painful to move your head
  • severe neck pain
  • pain, numbness, or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or legs
  • any issues with your bladder or bowels
  • localized weakness in an arm or leg

Diagnosing Whiplash

Your doctor will do a physical examination to check your range of motion and look for areas of tenderness. He/she may also order an X-ray to ensure your pain isn’t connected to any other type of injury or degenerative disease, like arthritis.

Other tests may be ordered including computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) to assess any damage or inflammation in the soft tissues, spinal cord or nerves.

Pinched Nerve (compressed nerve)

Nerves consists of bundles of millions of nerve fibers that carry vital information from our brains to our bodies. A pinched nerve is a damaged or injured nerve. This damage can occur when the nerve gets compressed, constricted or overstretched. It’s possible that you may be experiencing a pinched nerve resulting from a herniated cervical disc which can put pressure on the nerves in your neck.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve in your neck can extend down into your arms and all the way to your hands and fingers and include:

  • Pain that radiates from your neck
  • Numbness, burning, or a prickling sensation
  • Problems with sensation
  • Weakness

Hard Tissue Neck Injury

Hard tissue injuries involve damage done to bone tissue, such as fractures. An example of a serious hard tissue neck injury is a Accident lawyer for neck injury lawsuitscervical fracture or “broken neck.” This refers to a break in one or more of the cervical bones (vertebrae in the neck).

A cervical fracture can occur with a sudden, severe twist of the neck or severe blow to the head or neck area. This type of injury most often occurs in vehicle collisions and falls.

Any injury to the vertebrae has the potential to have serious consequences because the spinal cord runs through the center of the vertebrae. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis or death. When an injury to the spinal cord occurs at the level of the cervical spine, it can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis of the entire body from the neck down.

How Much Is My Neck Claim Worth?

There is no quick and easy formula to calculate the value of a neck injury claim. No two cases are alike with differing variables that could impact the settlement.

Severity of Your Injury & Liability Affects Compensation

The two main factors in valuing your neck injury claim include:

a.) proving negligence of at-fault party

b.) severity of your injuries

The more severe and long-lasting your injury is, the greater compensation you stand to collect.”Hard” injuries, like a cervical fracture, tend to result in larger settlements than soft tissue injuries like whiplash or a pinched nerve.

Additional Factors That Can Result In A Higher Reward

  • providing evidence via an X-ray or other test that displays the injury   How to get compensated for neck injury accident
  • an injury requiring physical repair or intrusive examination by a doctor, from stitching a wound to setting a bone to arthroscopic examination of a joint, can increase the value of your case
  • describe neck or back injuries in specific medical terms rather than simply saying “strained”
  • the nature and cost of the medical treatment your injury requires; a neck injury requiring spinal fusion or another type of surgery can lead to a larger settlement payment compared to a strained neck requiring only a brace as treatment

The back neck injury attorneys at Sarkisian Law have the legal expertise and medical knowledge necessary to prove liability for your accident and pursue compensation for any damages you have suffered. Contact a Merrillville injury attorney today for more information. 

Call us today for a Free consultation:

Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998