Claiming compensation for a neck injury

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Friday 27 April 2018

Anatomy of pain in neck top of spine

Claiming compensation for a neck injury

Neck Injuries are amongst the most common musculoskeletal disorders and affects women almost twice as much as men. Claiming compensation for a neck injury can help.

Neck injury

The neck is a vital part of our spinal column and anatomy that supports our head, but the neck also comprises of several bodily structures that are of major importance to overall functioning.

These structures include important glands like the Thyroid, and our larynx and trachea. Without these, we would be unable to regulate our hormones, speak or swallow food.

The average human head weighs a mighty 11 pounds, which in theory should (and often does) put phenomenal pressure on the neck. The neck is cleverly and intricately designed with an impressive architecture that can support the weight of the head and allow us a wide range of movement.

Clever design and invisible functions in the neck are something we all take for granted – and something we probably won’t appreciate until an injury to the neck dramatically reduces its functionality.

Common symptoms and causes of a neck injury

There is a wide range of causes for a neck injury and as we are all individuals, we all experience the pain and affects in a different way. But most commonly, people suffering from neck pain experience;

  • Reduction in the range of movement
  • Constant dull ache
  • Sharp firing pain upon movement
  • Headaches
  • Problems relating to eyesight
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

The causes can be attributed to many things but most notably neck injuries are caused by; slips, trips, and falls, falling from height, direct trauma, assault, car accidents, poor lifting techniques, cramped working conditions, being provided with inadequate equipment.

It’s not hard to imagine that neck injuries are common in the workplace and an estimated 8.9 million working days are lost to injuries like neck and back pain in the UK between 2016 and 2017 (source HSE).

Severe Neck Injuries

Sometimes, neck pain can be indicative of something more serious like cancer or other diseases. In such cases, if you think there is a likelihood that you developed an illness because of someone else’s negligence – such as exposure to harmful substances at work – then you are within your rights to claim for compensation.

Other more serious neck injuries may be caused by high impact trauma such as a car accident causing whiplash, fractures and ligament damage. Even if you were partially to blame for the car accident, you are still able to claim with something called split liability – this will allow you to partially claim for compensation.

How much compensation for a neck injury

The judicial college currently offers guideline amounts on cash pay-outs for people claiming compensation for a neck injury. A court will take into account whether you were owed a duty of care and whether someone broke that duty of care and acted negligently against you to cause your injuries. They will then establish how much of a negative impact your injuries have on your day to day life and on your future. This is usually broken down into minor, moderate and severe and the amounts are as follows;

Severity Compensation
Full recovery within 3 months:Up to £1,950
Full recovery takes place between 3 months - 1 year:£1,950 to £3,470
Full recovery takes place within 1-2 years:£3,470 to £6,290
Minor:£1,950 to £6,250
Accelerated/exacerbated injury less than 5 years:£6,290 to £10,960
Soft tissue/wrenching type injury/exacerbation of over 5 years:£10,960 to £19,920
Fractures/dislocations:£19,920 to £30,690
Moderate:£6,290 to £30,690
Fractures/dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues that lead to chronic conditions:£36,240 to £44,630
Serious fractures or damage to disks with disabilities of considerable severity:£52,390 to £104,370
Little/no movement in the neck and severe headaches:In the region of £118,240
Severe:£36,240 to £118,240

Using the right personal injury lawyer

If you think that your injury was caused unfairly then your next step will be to speak to a solicitor about making a claim for compensation. Accident Line Direct offers a free consultation relating to your injury and you are under no obligation to initiate a claim with us. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice to all our prospective and existing clients and understand how to listen to what people have to say about their injuries, accidents, and experiences. The aim of personal injury law is to try to restore the person, as much as possible, to the state they were in before the accident or injury occurred. We appreciate this is not always 100% possible with the nature of injury but we believe that financial compensation can go a long way in helping you achieve this.

We work on a No Win No Fee basis for our clients where possible – because there should be no financial risk to the claimant (you) and justice should be accessible to all, not just those who can afford it.

If you would like to discuss an accident that happened to you or an injury you have sustained that wasn’t your fault then we are ready to listen to you today. Call Accident Line Direct for more information.

0808 1454275

Accident Line Direct can help you begin your potential claim, get in touch today!