Whiplash & Neck Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents are a frequent cause of neck injuries. When a vehicle is hit, passengers feel the impact. Even with head rests, seat belts, and airbags they can be thrown about in the compartment or jolted back and forth and injured. The head and neck are especially vulnerable when this occurs.

Many doctors use the term “whiplash” to describe the movement of the head and neck at the moment of impact. This sudden, violent, and often unexpected movement causes injury to the neck.

This can result in many types of injury, including:
  • Sprains or tears of the muscles that support the neck.
  • Stretched, torn ligaments that connect and support the vertebrae of the neck.
  • Bulged or herniated discs that provide a cushion or “shock absorber” between vertebrae, resulting in pinched nerves.
  • Damaged facet joints, causing headaches and pain.
  • Broken bones.
  • Other conditions that may require surgery.

Treatment for neck injuries varies. Many people find that physical therapy, chiropractic care, or therapeutic massage is sufficient to alleviate their neck pain. Often, however, neck injuries require MRI scans and other diagnostic tests, or treatment by a neurologist, pain management specialist, or spine surgeon. Injections, steroids, medication, and other forms of treatment might be recommended. Surgery may be the only treatment that will ease the pain.
The lawyers and staff at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm are well versed in the physiology of neck injuries and can guide you through the various types of treatments recommended by your doctors. We can help you understand the nature of your injury and what to expect by interpreting your medical records and doctors’ opinions. The personal injury attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd will work to make sure your bills are paid and your insurance benefits are secured, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

Contact us today if you have experienced this type of injury because of an accident.

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