The neck is a very complex and delicate part of the body and is crucial to the overall movement and functioning. The neck contains the spinal cord, which sends information to other parts of the body from the brain. Any damage to the spinal cord can, therefore, be extremely serious and can lead to complete paralysis of the body. Because of the critical function, it has on our day-to-day lives, personal injury compensation awarded to those suffering from neck injuries can be substantial - particularly for severe cases.
If you have suffered a neck injury following an accident that wasn't your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To find out how Cute Injury can help, get in touch now...
Probably the most common cause of a neck injury is whiplash caused by road traffic accidents. Whiplash is caused by the stretching or tearing of muscles and ligaments in the neck. Minor whiplash usually clears up within three months and severe whiplash within 12 months. If you were not responsible for the accident, even if you were a passenger in the car whose driver caused the accident you may be eligible for compensation through a neck injury claim.
Any sport that involves driving has a risk of neck injury as does any sport where there is speed of contact involved. It is possible to receive a neck injury where there is no negligence involved but in some cases, the neck injury sustained is either a result of negligence or a malicious act. By malicious act we mean someone committing a deliberate foul which results in a neck injury. In the case of either negligence or a malicious act, there may be a claim for neck injury compensation.
An employer has a statutory duty of care to the employees and visitors to their premises. A neck injury at work can be caused by several possible occurrences. Such as if you are working at heights and due to faulty or inadequate safety equipment you fall and injure your neck. Or if for some reason you receive a sharp blow to the head which causes a sudden movement that can also result in a neck injury.
If a neck injury occurs due to negligence by either the employer not ensuring that the workplace is safe or through enabling an employee to act in a negligent way then that employer may be liable to pay compensation as the result of a neck injury claim. A professional advisor will be able to offer definitive advice relating to your case. Find out more about making an accident at work claim.
A neck injury can be defined as an injury that occurs to any part of the top of the spine and the bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage between the back and the head. Neck injuries can be extremely painful and distressing, and depending on the severity of the injury it can have an enormous effect on the sufferer's day-to-day life. As well as the pain and physical effects, neck injuries can also lead to certain psychological issues like depression and anxiety. The different levels of severity of neck injuries are...
With a relatively minor neck injury, the symptoms might include some pain and numbness which leads to the sufferer taking some time off work. In such cases, the damage to soft tissue, muscle, ligaments and or tendons usually heals quite quickly, although there can be some lasting pain that takes up to 12 months to ease.
Moderate neck injuries include prolapsed discs, cervical spondylosis and permanent or recurrent pain and are eligible for a higher compensation payout. These more serious neck and whiplash injuries tend to be defined as those that take more than a year to heal.
With the neck essentially forming part of the spine, any serious damage can lead to long-lasting and life-changing complications like paralysis (quadriplegia or paraplegia) or permanent spastic quadriparesis. Due to this, compensation payouts are the highest for severe neck injuries.
Compensation payout amounts for neck injuries depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on your day-to-day life and ability to carry on working. Compensation payouts are split into two categories, General Damages & Special Damages.
General Damages compensate the victim for the pain and distress of the injury, whereas the Special Damages reimburse the victim for any expenses they have incurred as a result of the injury - e.g. loss of earnings, rehabilitation and medical costs etc... As such, it is difficult to provide an accurate estimate of how much compensation you could be awarded for a neck injury. However, there are some example amounts for General Damages that you can use as a 'ballpark figure':
Minor Neck Injury:
Moderate Neck Injury:
Severe Neck Injury:
If you think you may be eligible to make a claim, contact us today...
*Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. Please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.