A neck injury can be incapacitating, forcing the victim to take time away from work and miss out on favorite activities. Neck injuries are rather common in Georgia. They can happen in numerous personal injury accidents, including rear-end collisions and slip and fall accidents. If you suffered a neck injury and believe someone else’s negligence is the cause, contact the Georgia neck injury attorneys at Dermer Appel Ruder for a free case evaluation. You could qualify for a settlement or judgment award to pay for your accident-related damages.
The neck is an important and vulnerable area of the body. It can suffer many different types of injuries, depending on the accident. Our personal injury attorneys have helped clients with neck injuries ranging from whiplash to spinal cord injuries. One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash. This is a soft tissue injury that often occurs in car accidents – especially rear-end collisions. Other neck injury types include:
All neck injuries are painful and at least temporarily disabling. The inability to move the head and neck without pain or discomfort can interfere with work, driving, and daily activities. Until the wound heals, victims may have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If someone else’s negligence caused these damages, the victim has the right to pursue compensation through the civil justice system with the help of an experienced Georgia neck injury lawyer.
An external force whipping the head and neck around or exerting undue pressure on the muscles and ligaments can cause a neck injury. The most common circumstances in which these risk factors are present include auto accidents, workplace repetitive motion tasks (such as heavy lifting), slip-and-fall accidents, and other sudden movements in the neck or spine. Physical conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis can increase the risk of neck injuries.
If you suffered your neck injury because of a task at work, you might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. You will not have to prove your employer’s fault to recover damages through workers’ comp. A personal injury lawsuit could garner better results, however, if an employer or someone else is liable for your injuries. For example, if you slipped and fell on a greasy warehouse floor and hurt your neck, this might be grounds for a lawsuit if the employer could have maintained a safer workplace.
One of the first steps in recovering financial compensation for a neck injury in Georgia is identifying the liable party. “Liability” refers to legal culpability for someone else’s personal injuries or property damages. Another person or company might be liable for your neck injury if it reasonably should have done more to prevent the incident. Potential liable parties include:
The liable party will depend upon the factors leading up to your accident. If you suffered a neck injury in an auto accident, the driver at fault for the wreck will be liable. In these cases, you will file an auto insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. From there, you will negotiate a settlement or go to trial in pursuit of damage recovery.
Dermer Appel Ruder encourages everyone in Peachtree Corners to discuss their neck injuries with our Georgia neck injury attorneys as soon as possible after an accident. If a negligent or careless person or entity caused the injury, the victim will most likely be eligible for monetary damages. A free case evaluation with one of our lead attorneys can help you identify and pursue your legal options for compensation. Call (404) 892-8884 for a consult today.
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