Pulled Neck Muscle and Other Common Neck Injuries

Welcome to Willumsen Law Firm’s blog, where we’re dedicated to providing valuable insights into personal injury law and helping individuals navigate the complexities of their cases. In this post, we delve into a topic that affects countless individuals each year: neck injuries. Neck injuries can result from various accidents and incidents, potentially causing significant pain, discomfort, and long-term consequences for victims. Understanding the common types of neck injuries  from a pulled neck muscle to whiplash  is essential for anyone who may be at risk or seeking compensation for their injuries.

At Willumsen Law Firm, we’re committed to helping injured individuals seek justice and recover the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has sustained a neck injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team for personalized legal guidance and support. Let’s work together to pursue the justice and compensation you deserve for your neck injury.

Common Neck Injuries

The neck is a crucial part of the body  but one also susceptible to injury. Some common injuries seen in lawsuits include:

Cervical Strain (Pulled Neck Muscle)

A cervical strain, also known as a pulled neck muscle, happens when the muscles and tendons in the neck are stretched or torn beyond their normal limits. This injury often occurs due to sudden or excessive movements of the neck, like twisting, turning, or lifting heavy objects.

There are various causes for cervical strains, including poor posture, repetitive motions, sports injuries, or sudden impacts like those from car accidents or falls. Symptoms can include pain, stiffness, tenderness in the neck area, limited range of motion, muscle spasms, and discomfort when moving the neck or head.

Treatment typically involves rest, applying ice, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort and swelling. Gentle stretching exercises and physical therapy can aid in healing and restoring mobility. In severe cases, medical interventions like corticosteroid injections or muscle relaxants might be necessary.

Whiplash is another type of neck injury caused by sudden jerking motions that force the head backward and then forward, leading to rapid hyperextension and flexion of the neck. This can strain the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues in the neck, causing pain and stiffness.

Most often associated with rear-end car accidents, whiplash can also result from contact sports, physical assaults, or falls. Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or memory issues.

Treatment for whiplash usually involves rest, applying ice, and managing pain. Physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments can improve neck mobility and strength. In severe cases, cervical collars or supportive devices may be used to stabilize the neck and aid healing.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft inner part of a spinal disc protrudes through a tear in its outer layer. This condition can result in the compression or irritation of nearby nerves, leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, and weakness in the neck and arms.

The causes of herniated discs in the neck can vary, including age-related degeneration, repetitive stress from certain activities, or traumatic injuries such as those experienced in car accidents or falls.

Symptoms associated with a herniated disc can differ based on the location and severity of the injury. Common symptoms include neck pain, arm pain that radiates, numbness or tingling sensations in the arms or hands, and muscle weakness.

Treatment options for a herniated disc typically involve a combination of rest, physical therapy, and pain medications to manage symptoms and aid in the healing process. In more severe cases, doctors may recommend epidural steroid injections or surgical procedures to alleviate pressure on the affected nerves and restore stability to the spine.

Broken Neck

A broken neck occurs when one or more of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck sustain a fracture or break. These fractures range from minor hairline cracks to more severe breaks that can lead to spinal cord damage or paralysis.

There are various causes of broken neck injuries, including motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violent acts.

Symptoms of a broken neck can vary based on the location and severity of the fracture. They may include intense neck pain, especially during movement, stiffness or immobility of the neck, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs, difficulty breathing or swallowing, loss of bladder or bowel control, and paralysis or loss of sensation in the limbs.

Treatment for a broken neck depends on several factors such as the type and severity of the fracture and whether there is any accompanying spinal cord injury.


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Essential Elements of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

In order to file a personal injury lawsuit successfully, several key elements must be established. Firstly, it must be shown that the defendant had a duty of care towards the plaintiff. This duty is based on the circumstances surrounding the case and generally requires individuals to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to others.

Following the duty of care, it must then be proven that the defendant breached this duty through negligent or wrongful actions. This could involve failing to exercise reasonable care or violating safety regulations, ultimately resulting in harm to the plaintiff.

Moreover, it’s crucial to establish a direct causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the injuries or damages suffered by the plaintiff. This often requires presenting medical evidence, expert testimony, and other forms of proof to demonstrate how the defendant’s actions or omissions directly led to the plaintiff’s injuries.

The plaintiff must quantify the damages or losses incurred due to the defendant’s negligence or misconduct. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, property damage, and other economic and non-economic losses that resulted from the injury.

Winning a personal injury lawsuit necessitates meticulous documentation, persuasive argumentation, and strong evidence that supports each of these essential elements.

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Damages Awarded in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

When someone wins a personal injury lawsuit, they often get money called damages as a way to make up for what they’ve been through because of someone else’s carelessness. These damages can cover a bunch of things:

First up, medical expenses. This includes what they’ve already paid for treatment and what they might need in the future, like hospital bills, surgeries, medicine, rehab, therapy, and any special equipment they might need.

Then there are lost wages and income. If their injuries stop them from working or earning money, they can get compensated for what they would’ve made, like their salary, bonuses, commissions, and any other financial losses.

There’s also pain and suffering. This is money to help with the physical pain, discomfort, and emotional distress caused by their injuries. The amount they get can depend on how bad their pain is and how long it lasts.

Emotional distress is another thing they might get money for. This covers things like trauma, anxiety, or depression caused by the accident and their injuries.

If their injuries affect their relationship with their spouse or family, they might get compensated for that too. It’s called loss of consortium, and it includes things like the loss of companionship, support, affection, and intimacy.

In really serious cases where the person who caused the accident was super reckless or did something really bad on purpose, they might have to pay punitive damages. This is like a punishment to teach them a lesson and hopefully stop them from doing it again.

Fred Willumsen

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Helping Injury Victims for Over 25 Years

My focus is to give a voice to families who have suffered a wrongful death or a serious injury to a family member caused by an 18-Wheeler, commercial truck, or a drunk driver. 

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Fred Willumsen

Managing Attorney 

Helping Injury Victims for Over 25 Years

My focus is to give a voice to families who have suffered a wrongful death or a serious injury to a family member caused by an 18-Wheeler, commercial truck, or a drunk driver. 

Contact us today, we can help you.

Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve

Neck injuries such as a pulled neck muscle, whiplash, and other related conditions can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life — potentially causing pain, discomfort, and limitations in mobility. Whether these injuries result from car accidents, slip and fall incidents, workplace accidents, or other causes, it’s important for individuals to understand their rights and seek legal guidance.

At Willumsen Law Firm, we’re dedicated to helping individuals who have suffered neck injuries due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and know-how to assess the circumstances of your case, determine liability, and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

If you’re suffering from a neck injury and unsure of your legal options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. We’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide personalized guidance on how to protect your rights and pursue justice. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re here to advocate for you every step of the way.

Contact Willumsen Law Firm today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards securing the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.

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