California Neck Injury Attorneys
The California neck injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase are here to provide outstanding legal representation to accident victims who have suffered severe neck trauma.
When you have a neck injury, even the slightest movement can send pain shooting through your body. A serious neck injury can be debilitating, causing extreme suffering, and leaving victims to deal with hefty medical bills. Even minor neck pain can limit mobility and prevent a person from working.
If you or a loved one has experienced severe neck damage, our top-rated neck injury attorneys are here to help. Bisnar Chase has been in business for more than 40 years. Our hugely experienced team has a 99% success rate and has won more than $650 million for 12,000+ clients.
What is a Neck Injury?
Neck injuries can come in many different forms. They all involve damage being done to bodily components located between the bottom of the skull and the tops of the shoulders.
A variety of elements exist within the neck, each of which can be damaged in some way, causing injury. These include the spinal column, spinal discs, muscle, veins, cartilage, ligaments, and more.
Injuries to the neck can be caused by any high-impact accident which causes trauma to the neck, such as a car accident or a slip and fall.
When an accident is caused by negligence, such as careless or reckless behavior, it could result in a neck injury lawsuit.
In this article, we will talk in greater detail about how and why neck injuries occur – and when the right time to hire a neck injury lawyer is.
Different Types of Neck Injury
Neck damage can cause extreme pain and discomfort. The exact nature of your pain will depend on the type of neck injury you have suffered.
Severe and catastrophic bodily damage can include:
➤ Sprains, strains, and tears to muscles and ligaments
The spinal column in the area of the neck is surrounded by muscle, ligaments, and soft tissue. When a person suffers an impact or trauma, it can stretch, twist, or tear these components, leaving the victim with serious neck pain.
➤ Fractures to the spine or vertebrae bones
The spine runs through the back and up to the base of the skull. It features a series of vertebrae bones stacked on top of each other with cushioning discs in between. The top seven vertebrae are part of the neck. If these bones are fractured, chipped, or broken, victims can be left with life-altering injuries.
➤ Spinal cord injury or damage
When the spinal cord is damaged in an accident, it can result in paralysis. The level of paralysis will depend on the location and extent of the damage. Some neck injury victims might suffer complete paralysis, while others could retain some function and feeling.
➤ Joint damage
There are joints between your top cervical spine vertebrae. These allow you to move and twist your head in all directions. If these joints are damaged, it can cause severe pain and limit the mobility of the neck and head.
➤ Pinched nerves
Nerves run through the neck as they relay signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body. If an accident results in a damaged nerve, the victim might have muscle weakness, limited use of arms, legs, or extremities, a loss of feeling, or intense pain.
➤ Ruptured, slipped, or herniated spinal discs
Spinal discs provide the cushioning between vertebrae in the cervical spine. Discs can slip out of place, deteriorate, or rupture due to harsh impacts, causing significant long-term health issues.
Whiplash is most commonly linked to car accidents. It occurs when the neck and head are forced into a sharp and forceful back-and-forth movement. Whiplash injuries can vary in severity. They can result in major neck pain, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and more. Statistics show that 75% of whiplash victims experience symptoms for 6 months or longer.
If you have suffered from one of the conditions listed above (or another type of neck issue) you may be able to win compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. Contact the California neck injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase now for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Neck injuries
A neck injury can be caused by any accident that creates a serious or violent impact or puts too much pressure on the neck. These include:
- Car accidents
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Sports injuries
- Carrying large weights
- Improperly lifting large weights
Auto accidents account for a large number of neck injury cases. The impact of a rear-end crash will often result in whiplash, while even a minor fender bender can cause the head and neck to twist sharply.
Neck damage is also common during athletic activities, especially high-impact contact sports such as football and hockey. Even sports with less body contact can result in a neck injury if it is carried out at high intensity.
Everyday tasks, such as lifting heavy weights or even sitting at a desk, can cause a neck or back injury. If you sit with an improper posture, try to lift weights that are too heavy, or lift with your back, it can put major pressure on your neck, causing strains and ruptures.
Did you know...?
More than two million people suffer a whiplash injury every year in the U.S. It is one of the most common car accident injuries and can occur even if a collision happens at 5-10mph.
Liability for Neck Injuries
If you have suffered a neck injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit and win compensation for your ordeal. But first, you need to identify who is liable – and who can be sued for your injury.
A neck injury claim can be filed if the injury was caused, at least in part, by negligence. This means that a person or company caused the accident through careless or reckless behavior, or failed in their duty of care to the victim.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“A serious neck injury can be devastating, and even a minor injury can really affect your everyday life. At Bisnar Chase, we represent seriously injured accident victims and make sure they are fairly compensated.”
Examples of liable parties in neck injury cases include:
- A reckless vehicle driver: If a car, truck, or bus driver causes an accident that results in a neck injury for the victim, that driver would be liable. Common vehicle accident causes include speeding, driving under the influence, or distracted driving.
- Employer: An employer who fails to provide proper lifting training, safety equipment, or a safe work environment, could be liable if these conditions lead to an accident and a neck injury.
- Building owner: When a neck injury victim is hurt due to a trip or slip and fall accident, the location owner or manager could be liable. For example, if a fall is caused by a broken step that should have been fixed, this would be negligence.
An experienced California neck injury attorney will be able to work with you to review the details of your claim and build a case against the liable party. Contact Bisnar Chase for expert support now.
The Impact of Neck Injuries
Neck Injuries can be devastating to victims. As with all injuries, they can range in severity.
Even a mild neck strain can leave a person in serious pain and discomfort, and prevent them from being able to work or function as normal. This can be extremely disruptive, but is a short-term issue and will heal.
In more serious neck injury cases, a victim could develop chronic pain or even permanent paralysis, changing their life forever. A severe injury can be physically crippling and emotionally draining.
Our California neck injury lawyers are here to fight for the rights of victims. We are passionate about securing justice and want to ensure that all people suffering harm get the compensation they deserve.
We have won countless cases, ranging from mild whiplash symptoms to catastrophic neck injuries. Even if your injury has healed, we can help you pursue legal action and win an injury settlement.
Neck Injury Lawsuit FAQs
We know that hiring a lawyer and filing an injury lawsuit can be daunting. Please refer to our frequently asked questions below for more information on how to handle a neck injury lawsuit.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions that have not been answered.
If you have been in an accident and feel pain in your neck, it is important that you receive proper medical treatment. Visit an emergency room or make an appointment with a doctor. You should then contact an attorney, before approaching your insurance company.
Neck pain will not always be instantaneous. It can sometimes develop several hours or days after an accident takes place. Even if you do not feel immediate pain, it is worth consulting with a medical professional and a lawyer.
There is no set dollar amount for a neck injury lawsuit. Compensation depends on the symptoms and impact of the injury, among other factors. Contact Bisnar Chase now to find out how much your case could be worth.
Yes, it is worth filing a lawsuit. Even a minor neck injury can leave a victim in extreme pain, can impact a person’s ability to work, and leave them with hefty medical bills. If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you should not have to pay out of pocket.
When you first contact Bisnar Chase, your initial consultation is free, with no obligation to sign with us. If you decide to sign, our no win no fee agreement ensures that all costs are advanced, leaving clients with no out-of-pocket case expenses. We only get paid if we win your case.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Neck Injuries
If you have been involved in an accident and are experiencing neck pain, you must seek medical attention. This is vital, both for your health, and to later provide proof of your injury during legal proceedings.
When you consult with a doctor, a variety of tests can be used to check for and diagnose a neck injury. These include:
- MRI: Checks for damage to bones, nerves, and soft tissue damage.
- CT Scan: Creates a detailed view of the components within the neck.
- X-ray: Reveals bone damage and deterioration.
- EMG: Tests nerve conduction to check for pinched nerves.
When it comes to treating a neck injury, the course recommended by your doctor will depend on the type of injury sustained.
The following are standard neck injury treatments:
- Rest and painkillers. Many minor neck injuries need time to heal. Medication can be prescribed to make the pain more managable while the injury heals.
- Immobilization. This might include wearing a soft and supportive collar that takes the strain off the neck and prevents movement, allowing the injury to heal.
- Traction and ongoing physical therapy. This can involve stretching and strengthening the neck muscles while reducing swelling and compression.
- Steroid injection. Some cases might be improved by steroid injections into targeted parts of the neck. This can improve the condition of damaged nerves and spinal joints.
- Surgery. This is only an option in catastrophic neck injury cases. Examples of neck injury surgeries include an anterior cervical discectomy, targeting herniated discs that are causing neck pain.
Knowing the Value of Your Case
Compensation for a neck injury will vary from case to case. No two claims are the same, and a lawsuit will account for the full scope and impact an injury has had on the victim.
This means that your attorney will be able to win more compensation for those who have suffered more. Compensation awards will be influenced by:
- The victim’s medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages if the victim cannot work through recovery
- Loss of ability to work in a chosen profession
- Ongoing rehabilitation, treatments, and care
- Required equipment in the case of disability
- Lost quality of life
If your world has been turned upside down by a neck injury, you can trust Bisnar Chase to secure the maximum possible compensation for you.
Why Choose Bisnar Chase?
It pays to do your research before hiring a personal injury lawyer. Some law firms have a greater record of success, providing superior representation when compared with other accident attorneys.
At Bisnar Chase, we are very proud of the level of service we provide. We know that we are meeting you at the toughest time possible. Our dedicated team is here to ease the burden on your shoulders and help you through it.
Bisnar Chase has been in business for more than 40 years, helping over 12,000 accident and injury victims in that time. We have a 99% success rate and have won more than $650 million for clients.
Based in Southern California, we provide outstanding service to people throughout the state. Some of the areas we cover include (but are not limited to):
|Los Angeles||Anaheim||Long Beach||Fresno|
|San Diego||Santa Ana||Riverside||Irvine|
|San Bernardino||Fontana||Moreno Valley||Glendale|
|Huntington Beach||Santa Monica||Pomona||Garden Grove|
|Fullerton||Costa Mesa||Fountain Valley||Orange|
No matter where you are from, our legal team will fight to make sure you get the settlement or verdict that you deserve for your personal injury case.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St., #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660