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Indianapolis Neck Injury Attorney

We Help People Who Have Sustained Neck Injuries in Preventable Accidents

Have you suffered a neck injury after an accident or fall? Do you experience pain in your neck and shoulders that does not seem to go away? If so, you might be able to obtain compensation for your accident-related losses. Neck injuries can range from mild to debilitating, but you should treat all injuries seriously.

At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, we help clients with neck injuries get the compensation to which they are entitled under Indiana law. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to and inform you as to whether we believe you will be able to recover compensation. Should you choose to have us represent you, you will not owe us anything for legal representation unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us online or call our office today.

Common Neck Injuries

A painful neck injury can restrict your range of movement and can also leave you with debilitating pain. Here are some of the most common neck injuries that regularly affect people hurt in accidents:

Neck & Back Injury. While it is not a medical diagnosis itself, the term “Neck & Back Injury” broadly refers to injuries to the soft tissues of the neck, including the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It often occurs as a result of a vehicle accident or a slip and fall where the head is violently thrown frontwards, backwards, or side-to-side. This sudden movement overextends the neck and stretches or tears the tissues of the neck. This whip-like motion can also damage soft tissue in the shoulders and upper back.

Typically, Neck & Back Injury symptoms show up within 24 hours after the accident. Some of the most common include the following

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Weariness

Contact a doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms. Treatment for Neck & Back Injury can range from simple pain management to invasive surgery, and the treatment you receive will be based on the severity of your injuries and your symptoms. Some people who sustain Neck & Back Injury develop long-term complications, which may include the following:

  • Memory problems
  • Decreased concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Chronic pain

Pinched nerves. Individuals suffer a pinched nerve injury when nerves get stretched, compressed, or constricted. Sometimes, a herniated disc in your neck puts pressure on the nerves in your neck, causing pain that way. If you suffer from a pinched nerve, you might experience pain in your neck that radiates to your arms and hands. Mane people who sustain pinched nerves report feeling prickling, numbness, or burning sensations as a result of the nerve injury, and frequently are too weak to hold objects or pick things up.

Cervical fractures. Multiple vertebrae in the neck surround the spinal cord as it exits the base of your skull and travels down the rest of your body. Any violent force can fracture one of these bones, causing extreme pain and potentially causing additional complications. If you have a “broken neck,” then you are suffering from a cervical fracture.

Depending on the specific of the fracture, you might also suffer injury to your spinal cord. An injury to the spinal cord can potentially compromise your ability to move or feel sensation in the rest of your body below the point of injury. In extreme cases, a cervical fracture can lead to paralysis or death.

Causes of Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common include:

What You Need to Prove

In most cases, you will need to show that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. A negligence claim has four parts:

  • Duty. You need to show someone owed you a duty of reasonable care. Often, this is easy. For example, a driver owes the other people on the road a duty to operate their vehicle in a careful manner.
  • Breach. You must show that the defendant’s actions fell below the required standard of care. In the traffic accident situation, you can show that the driver broke a traffic safety law or was driving aggressively.
  • Injury. You must suffer a physical injury, like those listed above.
  • Causation. The defendant’s conduct must have caused the injury directly.

These elements are required for a successful case. If you are missing one, then you have not made out a legal claim for negligence. The defendant can ask the judge to dismiss your case from court, meaning you will not receive compensation from the defendant.

To build the strongest case possible, our team investigates accidents thoroughly. We look for proof that the defendant’s carelessness caused the accident so that we can establish the fact that you are legally entitled to compensation.

How Much Is Your Neck Injury Case Worth?

Many people that have sustained neck injuries in an accident are anxious to find out how much compensation they will be able to receive. While it is impossible to determine the exact value of a case until it settles or a judgment is awarded, there are certain factors that may play a role in determining how much you will ultimately receive. These include:

  • The severity of your neck injury
  • Whether your neck injury is preventing you from working
  • Your income
  • Whether you were partially at fault for the accident in which you sustained your neck injury
  • Your medical expenses

As a victim, you should keep in mind that insurance companies routinely make unreasonable low settlement offers hoping that injured people will simply accept them to get the process over with. For this reason, discuss your case with a lawyer before entering into any settlement agreement.

Speak With a Neck Injury Lawyer in Indianapolis

If you have suffered a neck injury, you might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to start the process. The Law Office of William W. Hurst has the medical and legal skills necessary to maximize the financial recovery our clients receive for injuries sustained through no fault of their own. Call us for a free consultation at (317) 636-0808 or complete this contact sheet.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney