Neck Injury After Bicycle Accident
If Your Neck Was Injured in a California Bicycle Accident, Our Agoura Hills Bike Accident Lawyers Are Here to Fight for You
If you’ve sustained a neck or spine injury in a bike accident in Southern California, the bike accident and neck injury lawyers at the Halpern Law Firm are here to help. We’ve dedicated more than forty combined years to helping injury victims get the medical care they need and the compensation they are owed.
The Halpern Law Firm is especially dedicated to helping cyclists recover compensation. Founding attorney Derryl Stephen Halpern is an avid biker and even earned himself a bronze medal at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival in North Carolina. We care about the rights of cyclists, and we understand cycling injuries. If you believe you suffered a neck injury in a bike accident, we’re ready to fight for you.
Cycling is a Major Cause of Cervical Fractures
Injury to the neck region, a.k.a. the cervical region of the spine, is extremely dangerous, debilitating, and painful. Unfortunately, it’s also very common among cyclists. According to a report presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), sport-related cervical fractures increased by 35 percent from 2000 to 2015, attributed primarily to an increase in cycling. In fact, the single biggest cause of cervical fractures in men is cycling-related injuries. (Among women, the biggest cause of cervical fractures is horseback riding.)
The results are consistent with the known risks of bike accidents. Rear-end collisions with a vehicle often lead to whiplash in cyclists as well as passenger car occupants. Whiplash puts extreme strain on the neck by whipping the head back and forth, leading to strains and sprains. Bike accidents also send cyclists flying from their bicycles, often landing on the ground at unnatural angles. Significant impact and/or contortions of the body can lead to neck sprains, strains, spinal fractures, or cervical spine breaks.
If you were involved in a bike accident, especially if you were hit by a car or truck, you should see a doctor immediately to determine if you have any neck injuries. If you were hurt, talk to a seasoned bike accident injury lawyer about how to get compensated for your medical costs and other damages.
Neck Injury Risks
Injury to the neck or cervical spine is a common result of bicycle accidents. The neck can suffer soft tissue damage to the muscles, tendons, discs, or nerves, as well as bone fractures or breaks.
A strain is caused by damage to the muscles or tendons, which can lead to sharp pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. A cervical sprain is even more serious, involving damage to the ligaments and structures that connect the cervical vertebrae. The symptoms are similar to a neck strain, and sprains and strains are often experienced in the same incident, although recovery may take longer.
Cycling accidents can lead to more severe, long-lasting injuries as well. Bike accident victims might suffer herniated or displaced discs, which are the jelly-like cartilage structures located between each cervical vertebrae. A herniated disc typically requires surgery and a prosthetic implant for any hope of full recovery. Bicyclists are also at high risk of cervical spine fractures due to the impact, twisting, and other factors involved in a bike accident. A spinal fracture can lead to permanent loss of functionality as well as chronic pain and weakness.
If you suffered any type of injury to your spine in a bike accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation from the negligent party. A seasoned traffic accident injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you are owed for your neck or spine bike accident injury.
Call Our California Neck Injury Legal Team Today for Zealous Representation After a Bike Accident Neck Injury in California
If you or someone you love has suffered a neck injury caused by someone else’s negligence in Southern California, the skilled and compassionate bike accident neck injury law team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.