Neck Injury Compensation Calculator
Use this free settlement calculator tool to learn how much your neck injury case could be worth.
You’ve had a neck injury – now what?
Neck injury is known to be the third-leading cause of mortality in the United States. Such injuries are often caused by slip-and-fall accidents or car crashes. The most common cause of injury is a herniated disc, which results to inflammation, swelling, and pain. If not appropriately treated, this can result to permanent damage to the spine and lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Neck pain frequently requires people to miss work (or work in pain, which will only worsen the injury) or go to the doctor, and is a major cause of disability worldwide.
If you’ve been injured, our neck injury calculator can help you estimate the amount of financial compensation you could be due for your injury, pain and suffering. An attorney can help you determine a more precise calculation of owed compensation, but our calculator can give a starting point for discussions with a qualified attorney.
Types of neck injuries include:
- Herniated disk
- Muscle strain
- Pinched nerves
Causes of neck injuries
Any part of your neck – muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves – can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms. Some types of neck pain are much more serious than others. Neck pain can arise from something simple, such as carrying a heavy backback or purse on one shoulder, or something traumatic, such as a car accident that causes long-term, debilitating pain.
There are different factors that come into play when the neck suffers neck injury. One of these is trauma, which may come in the form of a neck fracture, spinal cord infarction, or spondylolysis. Neck injury can also be a result of long-term stress or neck fatigue. These can affect the blood supply, metabolism, and posture of the body.
Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain.
The problem is often overuse, such as from sitting at a computer at work for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise or while working a manual labor job. Falls or accidents, including car crashes, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.
Spinal cord injuries are among the most common causes of neck injury.
This is because the cervical vertebrae is the structure that supports and protects the neck vertebrae, the lumbar vertebrae and the spinal column. The cervical vertebrae are located above and in front of the sixth lumbar vertebra. The upper portion of the spinal cord is composed of soft tissues and contains cells. On the other hand, the lower portion is made up of hard and robust cells.
Repetitive motion, long-term stress
Long-term stress is due to several factors such as working in a repetitive manner for long hours without proper breaks, which puts strain on the neck. Injuries may also result to spinal cord injury because they may cause subluxations, inflammation, and muscular weakness. People who work in industries that manufacture products that use loose materials such as compressed air may also suffer from neck injury. Such people are required to bend their head to reach certain objects while they are working. The excessive work may cause neck pain and further complications such as spinal cord injury.
Neck fractures occur when there is an injury or a fracture of one of the vertebrae of the neck. When the spinal cord becomes fractured, it results to loss of movement of muscles and sometimes the whole neck stiffness and spasms. There are times when spinal cord injuries cannot be diagnosed at an early stage and people affected by it may face several weeks of severe discomfort. This makes it important for emergency rooms to treat neck injuries as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage.
Spinal cord injuries are the most common reason for the occurrence of neck fractures. This is so because even after a person has suffered a subluxation or a fracture, the damaged cord may still press against the vertebrae. It only takes a small slip before the entire neck stiffens, making it difficult to move even with the use of crutches. The symptoms associated with neck injuries are similar to those caused by traumatic brain injury. These include but are not limited to, numbness, tingling, weakness and headaches.
Neck sprains can also result to the same problem as broken or displaced discs. This happens when the force on the spine is not gradual and is sudden, causing the ligaments to tear. Pain usually begins in the early morning and does not lessen until late in the afternoon. As the pain worsens, it can cause difficulty in moving the neck and in bending the neck forward. Other symptoms include swelling, throbbing pain and tingling in the limbs.
Neck fractures are the result of trauma, infection or a fracture of the vertebrae. A chiropractor can perform spinal decompression to relieve the pressure from the spinal cord and encourage healing. They can also perform stabilization exercises to strengthen the spine. Other treatment options involve using ice packs and pain relievers to relieve the pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is also available for patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Chiropractic treatment is considered one of the most effective treatments available for this type of injury.
Playing sports can contribute to neck injuries of varying degrees of severity, from simple strains or sprains to cervical fractures and paralysis, or even death.
Symptoms of sports neck injuries
- Localized neck pain, which may or may not be severe
- Neck stiffness
- Pain radiating from the neck down to the shoulders and/or arms
- Swelling and bruising
- Decrease in sensation in the arms, legs or body
- Muscle weakness or paralysis of the arms or legs
- Difficulty breathing
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at the University of Alabama, the top sport that contributes to spinal cord injuries is diving, followed by bicycling, all-terrain vehicles, football, snow skiing and horseback riding. One often associated the hard hits in football with spinal cord injuries, but such injuries are 10 times more frequent in diving sports, despite its lesser popularity.
What to do if you have a neck injury
It’s important to visit a doctor if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, even if the injury isn’t very severe. Because neck sprains and strains are often related to physical exertion, it’s important to be checked out right away. The sooner a doctor determines a problem, the faster the patient can start enjoying the benefits of treatment. Sometimes the doctor will recommend rest, ice, heat, or anti-inflammatory medication. If these methods don’t reduce the pain, patients may need to see a doctor for an evaluation and possible surgery.
Common procedures used by doctors to diagnose and treat neck injuries:
- X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans, which show a visual image of the injury
- Stress tests, which involves sitting on a stability ball or other type of stability chair and holding your breath.
- Non-invasive tests like nerve pressure tests or an MRI to check for fractures scan.
- If there is nerve damage, the doctor will use a procedure called arthroscopy.
Evaluating possible compensation for a neck injury
In addition to the pain and suffering factor, you will want to take into consideration any disability that resulted from the injury. These include lost wages, vocational and speech therapy, and physical therapy. You may also be entitled to compensation for your loss of enjoyment of life. These are just a few of the items that a skilled injury attorney will be able to help you with.
Many people are unfamiliar with the concept of calculating a neck injury compensation case value. This process simply involves figuring out how much a person is worth to insurance companies. There are a number of factors that go into the equation. Some of those factors are longevity and the severity of the injury. This type of case value can be complicated, so you will want to hire a qualified injury lawyer to handle the proceedings. Make sure that you are working with a reputable firm.
Injuries to the neck can result in a wide range of future financial issues. These issues can include medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, future economic losses and pain and suffering. These will vary depending on the nature of the injury. For example, someone who has suffered a broken neck in a car accident may receive lifetime medical care. However, someone who has been involved in a minor sports accident will likely need to take part in physical therapy.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Worker’s Compensation.
The first step is to identify whether your employer is a federal, state or private employer, one of several specific groups covered by federal worker’s compensation laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers disability compensation programs which provides help to federal workers (or their dependents) and other specific groups who are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease.
Individuals injured on the job while employed by private companies or state and local government agencies should contact their state workers’ compensation board.
A qualified attorney can be essential in helping you navigate a worker’s compensation claim.
How much can I expect from a neck injury settlement?
The wide range of potential neck injuries makes it difficult to give a specific amount, but like all injuries, there are common factors in the compensation you may be owed.
Neck injuries are common in personal injury cases that arise from car accidents or slip-and-fall cases. The settlement amount can only be determined on a case-by-case basis, but in general, injury claims are based on a person’s economic and non-economic losses.
Pain and suffering can mean a substantially higher amount of compensation. If you have suffered whiplash injury from an auto accident, your pain and suffering might be worth several hundred to several thousand dollars. If you have permanent disabilities as a result of the injury, it can be worth even more. Other injuries such as a fractured ankle could lead to additional medical expenses and pain and suffering damages.
Economic damages are the actual financial losses stemming from an injury. Some examples of economic damages are:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
These damages, sometimes called general damages, cover losses that aren’t easy to estimate with a dollar figure. These include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
These non-economic damages can come with a damage multiplier (for example, between 1.5 and 5) based on the seriousness of the injury.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be assessed in particularly egregious personal injury cases, where the incident arises from more than just negligence.
Two factors that can reduce your injury compensation are contributory negligence, where you share some of the blame for the injury, and failure to mitigate damages, which means you are required to take reasonable steps after your injury (such as taking your prescribed medication as the doctor orders, or resting or wearing a brace for the appropriate length of time.)
What is my next step in seeking neck injury financial compensation?
Your injury can be a debilitating experience, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your hopes and dreams. A qualified attorney can make sure you are appropriately compensated for your injury.
Don’t forget that even if you are able to move around now, with all your pain and suffering behind you, there is still a chance that your accident could contribute to further injuries to the affected area in the future. This is why it is important to see what our injury compensation calculator can do for you today.
Using the neck injury calculator
It is important to remember that the results of this calculator do not take into consideration any current or previous medical treatments you may have received. The neck injury compensation calculator is a useful aid, but it cannot provide legal or financial advice. It is not intended to replace the services of a qualified attorney. Before proceeding with making a claim, it is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer who can advise you on your options. With their help and advice, you can successfully make a claim for a neck injury compensation.