If you are involved in a car accident, one of the most important steps you need to take immediately thereafter is to seek medical attention. This is crucial whether you intend to file a lawsuit against the liable party or not.
One of the most serious injuries you can sustain during the crash is injury to the neck. Depending on the severity, neck injuries can be devastating. But how do these injuries happen?
Understanding the causes of neck injuries during the crash
When an accident happens (head-on or rear-end collision), your neck will violently jerk forward and backward. And with your body strapped to the car seat, your neck will likely take the brunt of the force. Consequently, you may injure the musculoskeletal system that supports your neck and skull.
Depending on the nature and severity of the impact, you can sustain the following injuries to your neck:
Slipped or herniated discs
The intervertebral discs along your neck and spine are filled with a jelly-like material that protects the vertebrae. When you are involved in a violent car crash, these discs may slip, herniate or rupture. Disc compressions can cause serious pain to the neck and spine.
Slipped and herniated discs are characterized by numbness or severe pain in the neck and arms.
Neck fracture or compression
A broken neck or a fractured cervical spine is not uncommon, especially during high-speed rear-end collisions. Basically, a neck fracture means that you might have broken or more neck bones during impact. These injuries can lead to paralysis or even death.
Safeguarding your rights
Neck injuries can range from minor to life-altering. Learning more about Maryland car accident laws can help you safeguard your legal rights while pursuing damages following your neck injuries.