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Neck Injury Claims

Claiming compensation for a neck injury

Neck injuries can make it very difficult for you to move around – as well as being physically painful, they can leave you feeling isolated and depressed. Any injury can affect your daily life, but neck injuries can often make it impossible for you to go to work, drive, or carry on with hobbies and social activities.

While some types of neck injuries can heal quickly, in more serious cases the symptoms can last for years and may need ongoing treatment. If you’re suffering from a long-term injury, then we know how difficult it can be to live with – and you might be feeling especially frustrated if it was caused by someone else’s negligence.

If your injury happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

A specialist injury solicitor will work hard to get you the full amount of money you’re owed for your accident, with the aim of covering the expenses caused, as well as the wider impacts it’s had on your life.

Types of neck injury

Any neck injury can be very uncomfortable and restricting, at least in the short term. When making your claim, your solicitor will consider the type of injury you’ve suffered and the effects it’s had on you.

Minor and moderate neck injuries can include whiplash, or damage to the cartilage, muscles or tendons between the head and back. These usually heal relatively quickly, but symptoms can sometimes last for up to a year.

Because the neck is a part of the spine, fractures can sometimes have life-changing consequences – in severe cases, fractured vertebrae can lead to paralysis. If you, a close friend or family member has experienced this, then you may be able to make a serious injury claim.

SOURCE: Have you suffered a whiplash injury? Get more information on making a whiplash claim.

Causes of neck injuries

No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a solicitor may be able to help you make a compensation claim if:

  • It happened in the last three years
  • It was somebody else’s fault

You can read more about some of the common types of accidents an injury solicitor can help you with below, or you can speak to a trained legal adviser on 0800 234 6438 for free advice and to find out whether you could make a claim.

Accidents at work

Heavy lifting at work can often cause neck strain or pulled muscles, especially if you haven’t received the proper training or been given the equipment you need.

Your employer should carry out regular risk assessments to make sure you’re kept as safe as possible. If they’ve failed to do so, then they may be liable.

Neck injuries can also happen in the workplace as a result of:

  • Falling objects – especially in factories or warehouses, where items haven’t been stacked or secured correctly
  • Slips and trips – if packaging hasn’t been disposed of, or if spillages aren’t cleaned up quickly
  • Falls from height – particularly if you work on scaffolding and the correct safety measures haven’t been followed

Slips, trips and falls in public places

Shops, bars and restaurants have a duty to make sure spillages are cleaned up as quickly as possible, and that walkways and corridors are kept clear of obstacles. They should make sure the premises are safe for public use to avoid causing you harm.

If not, slips and trips can cause painful neck injuries. You may have jolted or jerked your neck as you fell, or if you hit your neck against something this may have caused a fracture.

Road traffic accidents

Whiplash often happens in road traffic accidents when the sudden impact of a vehicle causes the neck to stretch beyond its normal range of movement, damaging the ligaments. Although it can take some time, whiplash usually heals on its own. But in some instances, you might need physiotherapy or specialist treatment to make a full recovery.

Dangerous driving by other road users is a common causes of road accidents – whether you were a passenger (find out more about taxi accident compensation) or driver, an expert solicitor can help you make a claim against the negligent driver which will usually be paid for by their insurance.

Find out more about making motorcycle accident claims.

No win no fee

You might be worried that you’ll be left with a bill you can’t afford if your claim isn’t successful. But the financial risk is kept to a minimum; almost all injury solicitors offer a no win no fee agreement, which means they won’t charge you if you don’t receive your compensation.

There are no upfront costs or hidden charges when you claim, and your solicitor will do everything they can to get you the compensation you need.

If you’re unsure whether you could start a claim, we’d recommend getting in touch with a trained legal adviser on 0800 234 6438. They have the expertise to be able to let you know whether you can claim – if you choose to go ahead, they can get the process started.

About the Author

Nicola Laver LLB

Nicola is a dual qualified journalist and non-practising solicitor. She is a legal journalist, editor and author with more than 20 years' experience writing about the law.

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