How Much is Workers’ Compensation Neck Injury Worth?

Neck pain is a common workplace complaint. Serious neck pain can limit your ability to move your head and can limit your ability to do your job.

Neck injuries in the workplace can result from a single accident or may be caused by performing the same task over and over again, such as working at a computer, answering a phone, or hunching over your workbench.  For office workers, drivers, and other professionals who sit for much of their work day, common workplace conditions such as poorly designed workstations, poor neck posture and lack of motion throughout the day may also place them at a greater risk for neck injuries.

Between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, neck injuries were among the top 10 most common workplace injury in Maryland, according to the Comp Pinkbook, and amounted to over $14.1 million paid out to Maryland workers with neck injuries. The average permanent partial disability (“PPD”) award for a neck injury in Maryland was $18,220. The average Final Compromise and Settlement or Compromise Order (“CO”) settlement award was $42,811.

The following table provides data on Maryland workers’ compensation neck injury awards from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012:





Neck only


722 awards


Neck + Lower Back


718 awards

8.28% (neck)

3.51% (lower back)

Neck + Shoulder


451 awards

11.56% (neck)

6.04% (shoulder)

Neck + Lower Back + Shoulder


278 awards

11.08% (neck)

2.30% (lower back)

3.13% (shoulder)

Neck + Head + Lower Back


168 awards

2.08% (neck)

8.34% (head)

2.30% (lower back)

Neck + Head


162 awards

2.64% (neck)

9.60% (head)

Neck + Spinal Cord


98 awards

6.13% (neck)

4.58% (spinal cord)

Neck + Lower Back + Knee(s)


72 awards

9.59% (neck)

2.33% (lower back)

2.91% (knee(s))

Neck + Shoulder + Arm(s)


66 awards

13.40% (neck)

1.58% (shoulder)

5.00% (arm(s))

Neck + Head + Shoulder


57 awards

11.38% (neck)

1.42% (head)

1.61% (shoulder)

Neck + Head + Lower Back + Shoulder


56 awards

2.00% (neck)

10.16% (head)

1.68% (lower back)

2.84% (shoulder)


Numerous factors go into determining the value of a neck injury case. You can estimate of the value of your neck injury workers’ compensation claim with our Maryland Workers’ Compensation Calculator. Be sure to select “neck injury” so you know the compensation is as accurate as possible. Remember that this calculator provides only a rough estimate. No two workers’ comp cases are the same, just as no two neck injuries are the same. A workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to more accurately evaluate your individual workers’ comp claim and will be advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive all of the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled.

Just as workers’ compensation cases vary widely, so does the quality of Maryland workers’ compensation lawyers for neck injuries. If you are seeking a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you obtain the highest recovery for your comp neck injury, look no further than Warnken, LLC, handling workers’ compensation for the State Police, other law enforcement, and all kinds of industries, from heavy equipment and construction to office professionals.


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