Nobody expects to sustain a serious neck injury, yet neck injuries such as spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and whiplash can occur in an accident without any warning.
When a person suffers a neck injury, it can be debilitating. An accident victim may take many months to fully recover from a neck injury. Some neck injuries result in permanent disabilities.
If you suffer a temporary disability or a permanent disability as a result of your neck injury, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. An experienced neck injury lawyer at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer can get started on your claim immediately.
If you got hurt in an accident and may have a serious neck injury, contact us today for a free consultation. Find out how we can put or Kentucky Courage to work for you.
When Do You Need a Lawyer for a Neck Injury?
If you are suffering from neck pain after a car accident or recently sought emergency treatment after sustaining a disabling spinal cord injury, you should have an aggressive neck injury attorney on your side who can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve.
It is essential to have a personal injury lawyer on your side in situations such as:
- You sustained a neck injury on the job and need assistance with a workers’ compensation claim or appeal.
- You plan to file an insurance claim after sustaining a neck injury in a car crash or another accident caused by someone else’s negligence, and need assistance with the claims process.
- Your insurance claim has been denied or undervalued and you need help getting what you deserve.
- You were not able to obtain the compensation you deserve through an insurance claim and need to begin the process of filing a neck injury lawsuit against the party who is liable for your injuries.
At every stage of the process of seeking financial compensation for a neck injury, it is extremely important to have experienced lawyers on your side. From the early stages of filing an insurance claim and negotiating with the insurance company to taking your case to a jury, a personal injury lawyer will advocate tirelessly for your rights.
Common Causes of Neck Injuries
Neck injuries can happen in many types of accidents.
Some neck injuries result from certain types of repetitive activities that cause neck strains and spasms in the muscles. Neck pain can also occur as a result of an acute and traumatic injury. Acute neck injuries frequently occur in motor vehicle crashes, falls from heights, sports-related injuries, and slips and falls.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we routinely assist clients who have sustained neck injuries as a result of:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
Compensation for Neck Injury Accidents
When you file a neck injury claim after an accident, you will likely seek compensatory damages. In Kentucky, compensatory damages come in the form of a monetary award to compensate a person for his or her losses. Generally speaking, there are two different types of compensatory damages you may be eligible for: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages provide compensation for direct monetary losses. Examples include:
- Hospital bills
- Ambulance costs
- Follow-up doctor’s appointments
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Medical devices such as a neck brace
- Lost wages and future lost wages
Non-economic damages provide compensation for losses that do not have an objective dollar amount and vary depending upon the specific facts of the case.
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Types of Neck Injuries
When an accident happens, a person can sustain many different types of neck injuries that can. A few examples of common types of neck injuries include:
- Disc injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Repetitive strains
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Pinched nerves
How a Neck Injury Lawyer Can Help
A neck injury lawyer can help with each step of the neck injury claims process, including:
- Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf.
- Obtaining evidence to use in your case, from interviewing witnesses to working with an accident reconstruction expert to prove your case.
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair neck injury settlement.
- Determining whether a lawsuit may be necessary to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against one or more parties who are responsible for your neck injury.
- Negotiating with the defendant (or defendants) for a settlement before taking your case to trial.
- Representing you at trial and advocating for your right to compensation.
- Taking your case all the way to a jury verdict if necessary to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Timeline in a Neck Injury Claim
Most neck injury claims must be filed within a relatively short period of time in order for the injured person to be eligible for compensation. Under Kentucky law, most personal injury lawsuits including those for neck injuries must be filed within one year from the date of the injury.
An injured person has one year from the date of sustaining a neck injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. While you may be able to obtain compensation through an insurance claim, it is important to act quickly to preserve your right to seek damages through a lawsuit if necessary.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the statutory period, it will become time-barred under Kentucky law. In rare instances, a narrow exception may allow more time. A neck injury attorney can get started on the claims process today.
Contact a Neck Injury Attorney
Were you hurt in an accident that resulted in a neck injury? You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
One of the dedicated neck injury lawyers at our firm can discuss your options for seeking financial compensation. Contact Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer today to learn more about the services we provide to injured people and their families. The consultation is free and without obligation.