Neck Injury Lawyers in San Diego, CA | Jabro Law Group
The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. It contains seven vertebrae and eight pairs of cervical nerves responsible for controlling the neck, arms, and upper body. The vertebrae are bony and stiff with no ability to bend and the main joint between two vertebrae is made up of a large spongy mass known as the disc. The discs can absorb downward forces placed on the vertebrae from the weight and movement of the head. These discs are made up of an outer portion known as the annulus and a soft gel center known as the nucleus and they keep the nucleus contained. When trauma or degeneration causes the nucleus to be ejected through the annulus, it is referred to as a disc herniation. If the disc herniates in the direction of the spinal cord or nerve root, it may cause neurologic compromise. Disc herniation in the cervical spine can be very serious and can, in some instances, cause paralysis. In most cases, patients complain of neck pain which radiates into one arm. The C5-C6 level represents 90% of cervical disc lesions.
National Neck Injury Statistics
In addition to disc herniation, neck injuries also take the form of vertebral dislocation, vertebral fracture, complete severance of the spinal cord, or compression of the spinal cord from a hematoma. Each year in America, approximately 12,000 significant spinal cord injuries occur. Approximately 6,500 people die of their injuries and 500 new quadriplegic and paraplegic patients are diagnosed. In the United States, motor vehicle accidents account for approximately 37% of neck injuries with violent crime accounting for 26%, slip and fall-related injury accounting for 24% and the remaining 7% related to sports. Approximately 50% of vertebral fractures are to the cervical spine.
Our Neck Injury Attorneys in San Diego will assist you or your loved ones
Whether an injury causes only mild whiplash symptoms to the neck, a disc herniation, or injury to the spinal cord, it is important that the appropriate work-up and treatment regime be initiated and followed right away, and it is just as important to consult with an experienced neck injury Attorney for representation. Call the lawyers at Jabro Law Group today for a Free Consultation; 1-619-559-8228.