Back Injuries from Auto Accidents

Back Injury from Car Wreck

There are many injuries that can occur during an automobile accident. They range from minor to serious and they can have an impact on you for the rest of your life.

The most common injury after an accident is a back injury. Back problems are not always obvious and can take years to heal if not treated properly. The spine is not one solid bone but many bones held together with tissue. This leaves a lot of potential problem areas. If just one area is damaged in an accident, it affects everything; the way you walk, sit, stand and lay. If left untreated, Injuries to your back or neck may never heal completely.

The Spine. Its Complicated.

The bones that make up the spine or vertebrae protect your spinal cord. The spinal cord runs the length of your back starting at the bottom of your brain and continues all the way to your tail bone. The spinal cord transmits nerve signals from your brain to help your arms, lungs, legs and feet move and feel things. Damage to your spinal cord can result in losing the ability to walk, to feel sensations, lose muscle strength and move parts of your body or even breathe on your own!

If you are hurt in a car accident with damage to your spinal cord you will be negatively affected. Depending on the area of the spine that is damaged determines the extent, if any, you will be affected. Severe damage to a spinal cord is most times not repairable. If the damage occurs around your waist, you are at a high risk of paralysis of the legs. If your spinal cord is damaged around your neck you could become a quadriplegic, meaning unable to feel or move your arms and legs. Sadly, you would be completely dependent on someone else to feed you, dress you and assist you in daily body functions and hiring an attorney then becomes absolutely essential to make sure the injured person’s future care needs are addressed and provided for.

Discs And Their Purpose

There are spongy discs between each of the vertebrae that protect your spinal cord. The discs cushion each vertebra and allow your spine to bend and flex. A common type of back injury in an auto accident is a ruptured or herniated disc. This happens when there is trauma that damages the disc and the fluid that fills each disc leaks out. When there is nothing cushioning those vertebrae, they put pressure on the nerves from your spinal cord. The pressure on your nerves causes numbness, tingling, pain, extreme sensations of hot or cold. These symptoms can be felt in the extremities or buttocks. The pain can be constant or “shooting”. Your doctor may be able to put an injection in your back for temporary relief but surgery is often the only way to fix your injury and can take months to recover.

Compression fractures are the least severe back injury in the short term from an accident. This does not mean you will not have problems in the future. A compression fracture is a tiny break in your vertebrae of your spine, which leaves your spine weakened. Over time, without proper medical care those bones will continue to shift, crack or break and cause problems. Back pain is the most common complaint when there are compression fractures of the spine. You may also have trouble breathing and notice changes in the way you sit. Even if you do not feel anything out of the ordinary after your accident, it is extremely important to get medical attention. It is possible to have a broken neck or back and not even know it.

Spinal injuries are often tough to deal with from a legal standpoint. Hiring a lawyer immediately after an accident is the best way to insure you get the treatment you need and the compensation you need; now and in the future. If you have been injured in an accident, don’t wait-call Richard Mather right away and speak with a lawyer today.