Motorists can suffer life-changing back and neck injuries in many ways after a car accident. Whether a drowsy truck driver or someone who chose to send a text rather than watch the road hit your vehicle, the results of your injury could be devastating. You’ll want to hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the compensation you deserve.
Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh attorneys deeply understand all facets of personal injury law, and we also know how to deliver results on behalf of our clients. We’ll tell you what to expect throughout your case and call in expert witnesses to make that case even stronger if needed.
Types of Car Accidents that Cause Back and Neck Injuries
Several types of car accidents can cause back and neck injuries. Here are a few common examples:
- Multi-vehicle accidents: Accidents involving multiple vehicles can be particularly chaotic and result in severe back and neck injuries for those involved.
- Rear-end collisions: When one car collides with the back of another, it can cause whiplash and other neck injuries.
- Side-impact collisions: Also known as T-bone accidents, these types of collisions can cause nerve damage to the spine and neck.
Symptoms of a Back or Neck Injury
Back or neck injuries can cause various symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. The severity of symptoms depends on the type and extent of the injury. Common symptoms include:
- Aching or sharp pain in the back or neck
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Limited range of motion
- Weakness in the arms or legs
It’s essential to seek medical attention if you suspect a back or neck injury, as some injuries can cause long-term damage if left untreated.
Types of Back and Neck Injuries Commonly Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents
The following is a brief look at just a few back and neck injuries that often result from car accidents.
A herniated disc refers to a condition in which the soft inner material of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer, applying pressure to surrounding nerves. Herniated discs can cause pain, numbness, weakness in the affected area, and difficulties with coordination and balance.
Neck Sprain or Fracture
A neck sprain or fracture is a common injury that occurs when there’s damage to the neck’s ligaments or bones. A sudden impact, such as a car accident, can cause it. Symptoms include pain, swelling, difficulty moving the neck, and a popping or grinding sensation. In severe cases, a neck fracture can cause nerve damage and affect a person’s ability to walk or use their arms.
A pinched nerve occurs when there’s pressure on a nerve from surrounding tissue or bones. This can cause pain, tingling, and weakness in the affected area. Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body but most commonly affect the neck, back, and arms. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be temporary or long-lasting.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue damage refers to an injury to the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries can range from mild strains to more severe sprains or tears, which can take longer to heal.
Facet Joint Injury
A facet joint injury refers to damage to the small joints located in the spinal column that help control movement and provide stability. Symptoms of a facet joint injury include back pain, limited mobility, stiffness, and a grinding or popping sensation. The location and severity of the pain can vary depending on which joint is affected.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury refers to damage to the spinal cord, which is the main pathway for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. This type of injury can result in partial or complete loss of movement and sensation below the level of the injury.
How are Back and Neck Injuries Treated?
Back and neck injuries can be treated in various ways, depending on the severity and specific type of injury. In some cases, rest, ice, and pain medication can help alleviate symptoms. In other cases, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or massage therapy may help improve mobility and reduce pain. With severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair a herniated disc or spinal cord injury.
The Cost of a Back or Neck Injury
The cost of a back or neck injury can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type and severity of the injury, the required medical treatment, and the length of recovery. In some cases, the cost of medical care, rehabilitation, and lost wages can add up quickly and become a significant financial burden.
In addition to the direct costs of medical treatment, individuals with a back or neck injury may also face indirect costs such as increased transportation expenses and decreased quality of life. Considering all of these factors is essential when estimating the cost of a back or neck injury. In some cases, it may be possible to recover compensation for these costs through a personal injury claim. An attorney will help you understand your options and protect your rights.
How to Recover Full and Fair Compensation for Your Damages
Here are some steps you can take to recover full and fair compensation for your car accident damages:
- Seek medical attention promptly and keep detailed records of all medical expenses and treatments.
- Gather evidence, such as photos of the accident scene, witness statements, and police reports.
- Keep a record of any lost wages or income if you can’t work due to your injuries.
- Hire an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the value of your case and represent your interests in negotiations or court.
- Be cautious about giving statements to insurance companies and avoid accepting a settlement before discussing it with your attorney.
- Be persistent, and don’t give up if you’re unsatisfied with the initial settlement offer. Your attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
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