Head and neck injuries are often quite serious. They may result in long-lasting or even permanent injuries that can be particularly challenging due to various types of complications, many of which are difficult to anticipate. These types of injuries can be caused by car, motorcycle, truck, or ATV accidents, but may also be caused by a wide variety of other kinds of accidents, such as boat or wave runner accidents, bicycling accidents, swimming accidents, pedestrian accidents, slips and fall accidents, workplace and construction accidents, and accidents caused by dangerous property conditions.
Commonly, these types of accidents are the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions. Further compounding the problem is that head and neck injuries may not reveal themselves for days, weeks, or even months, making the accident-injury relationship tricky to identify. That said, you must seek experienced legal counsel, such as the Fort Myers personal injury lawyers at the Spivey Law Firm, as soon as possible after an accident.
Common Types of Head Injuries
Head injuries, in particular, are very common and can be substantially damaging. Some of the more common types of head injuries include:
- Fractures and Linear Fractures. Fractures are breaks in the bone of the skull and may be present even if there is little or no visible damage. Linear fractures are breaks in the skull that cause small breakage lines but do not splinter the bone.
- Depressed Fractures. Depressed fractures happen when the skull bone is pushed inward toward the brain.
- Compound Fractures. Compound fractures are typically quite severe and can cause brain damage as the skull splinters.
- Basilar Skull Fractures. Basilar skull fractures are breaks of the bone at the base of the skull. These types of fractures can cause ear leakage and may even result in partial or total paralysis.
- Brain Hemorrhages. Brain hemorrhages are a type of stroke that may occur when the head injury causes an artery to burst, leading to bleeding inside the brain.
- Concussions. Concussions are typically caused by a blow to the head and, depending on the force of the impact, can come with headaches, loss of consciousness, and cognitive impairment.
Common Types of Neck Injuries
Neck injuries can also be exasperating for individuals, as these types of injuries often require extensive medical care. Some of the more common types of neck injuries include:
- Fractured Cervical Spine. This refers to a fractured cervical spine or broken neck and is a serious and painful condition requiring immediate medical attention.
- Neck Sprains/Strains. Sprains occur when ligaments in the neck are torn, and strains refer to torn tendons or muscles.
- Herniated Discs. Herniated discs may occur when a disc in your spine is torn and the soft interior leaks, or bulges, out of the disc.
- Stiff Muscles/Tendons. Neck stiffness may be caused by moving your head awkwardly or keeping your neck in the same position for too long.
- Pinched Nerves. Tissue, tendons, and bones may push up against the surrounding nerves, causing significant pain.
Let a Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney Help You With Your Head or Neck Injury
Head and neck injuries need immediate medical attention, even if the symptoms do not show until well after an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered from these types of injuries, seek immediate medical care first and then contact Attorney Randall Spivey at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. online or by phone at 888-477-4839. We will handle your claim and fight for every dollar of compensation to which you are entitled.