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Cervical radiculopathy, also known as pinched nerve, injuries can cause pain that spreads into and throughout a victim’s neck, arms and shoulders. This type of injury can produce neurological and painful symptoms caused by an irritation to a nerve in the cervical spine.
Cervical radiculopathy pain typically spreads down the arm and is often described as “sharp.” Some victims describe this type of pain as “pins and needles” and others feel a numbness that makes everyday activities difficult. Cervical radiculopathy pain may stem from damage to nerve roots caused by another’s accident, negligence, or careless action. In younger individuals, cervical radiculopathy tends to be rare without physical trauma.
Treating cervical radiculopathy injuries may require physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicine, steroid injections, pain medication, soft collars, and cervical fusion surgery. Severe cases may have to be treated with powerful drugs such as morphine or codeine. Diagnosing this injury may incur health care expenses such as imaging tests, doctor visits, and other medical services.
Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy or Pinched Nerve
Common symptoms include:
- Pain that radiates in the arm, chest, neck, shoulders, and upper back areas
- Muscular weakness
- Unexplained coordination problems
- Numb feeling
- Hot and cold sensation in injured area
- Poor upper arm reflexes
- Multilevel disc bulging
- Tingling feeling
Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy
When nerves are pinched, irritated, or traumatized, nerves often do not work as well as they did before the injury. Nerve injuries can happen in car accidents, construction site accidents, or any time the neck or back is bent, twisted, or pressured. A common example is a car accident victim’s head being thrown forward into a windshield. An injury may also happen when a motorcycle rider is thrown of a bike in an accident. These nerve injuries are more common for older individuals. Other common incidents that may cause cervical radiculopathy injuries include slip and fall accidents, physical recreation and sports accidents, and pedestrians hit by vehicles.
Compensation May be Available for Cervical Radiculopathy
Individuals who suffer even minor back or spinal injuries may have their ability to earn a living impaired if their job involves physical labor. Severe injuries that cause cervical radiculopathy can cause substantial wage losses or even loss of employment.
In an injury lawsuit, medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses may be sought from the careless individual or company that caused the injury or from its insurer. Cervical radiculopathy pain may make it difficult for the victim to do any strenuous activity and may hurt the individual’s ability to perform house work, employment functions, or play sports.
Contact a DC Cervical Radiculopathy/Pinched Nerve Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a cervical radiculopathy or pinched nerve injury caused by another’s wrongdoing, the experienced injury lawyers with The Cochran Firm DC can help. The Cochran Firm DC’s seasoned lawyers know how to take a case to a successful conclusion and have built a strong track record of success by tirelessly fighting for injured victims. The Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland personal injury and accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm hold transgressors responsible for the negligent actions they perpetrate against everyday citizens.
Contact the experienced cervical radiculopathy lawyers at The Cochran Firm DC today to schedule a no-obligation, free initial consultation and case evaluation.