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How common are neck injuries?


Millions of people throughout the country suffer some degree of back pain and are familiar with the effect that it can have on everyday life. For example, certain back injuries and pain can make it virtually impossible for a person to work on a continuous and full-time basis. But, what about neck injuries; how common are they and what are the effects?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, neck injury is the most commonly reported injury-related insurance claim in the United States. The neck houses an intricate web of tissues and organs, and an injury to it can cause a person severe problems. Because the neck is not as well-protected as other parts of the body, however, neck injury is all too common.

Some of the serious and even fatal kinds of neck injuries are caused by blunt force trauma, severe bending of the neck and compression injury. Auto accidents, for example, can cause these types of neck injury, which can lead to a variety of conditions from minor discomfort, to paralysis or even death.

People in the Houston area who have suffered from a neck injury may find themselves unable to work in the same capacity as they did prior to the injury. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, people with neck problems may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

Disabling injuries to the neck can leave a person unable to cover their everyday living expenses. SSD benefits for an injury can help replace a portion of the injured person's lost wages. However, the Social Security Administration does not just give these benefits away to whomever applies. The SSA adheres to strict guidelines and can deny a claim for any number of reasons. Accordingly, anyone who needs help with an SSD application, or appealing a denied claim, may want to discuss their situation with an experienced attorney.

Source: healthgrades.com, "Neck Injury," Accessed on Jan. 9, 2016

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