NECK AND BACK INJURIES IN A CAR ACCIDENT
Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 12:30 am
When you hear about serious injuries in a car accident that are costly and significantly impact a person’s life, the injuries usually involve amputations, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, or damage to internal organs. However, injuries that may not appear at first to be serious can often result in permanent life changes and financial stress.
Back Injuries That Can Change Your Life
Injury to any part of the back can result in serious medical conditions. The impact from a car crash can injury any part of the back including the tendons, muscles, shoulder blades, ligaments, and spinal column. Any back injury can result in chronic pain that limits you range of motion and ability to perform tasks. Many back injuries in car accidents heal with time and medical attention; however, some back injuries result in permanent disabilities that cause the victim to lose the ability to work, enjoy sports, and recreational activities. In extreme cases, the person is unable to take care of their personal needs. Furthermore, long-term medical treatment and personal care can be very costly.
Even with back injuries that are not as severe, the time and cost involved in treating a back injury can be substantial. Countless imaging tests, visits with specialists, surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and chiropractic care quickly add into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Common types of back injuries sustained in car accidents include:
- Dislocated discs
- Compression fractures
- Spinal cord damage
- Flexion distraction fracture
- Soft tissue damage
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Lumbar fractures
- Axial bursts
- Thoracic fractures
If you injure your back in a car accident, your best step is to seek immediate medical attention, regardless of your belief as to the seriousness of your injury. After seeking medical treatment, consult with a Sacramento car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Neck Injuries Sustained In Car Accidents
One of the most common injuries in a car accident, especially a rear-end collision, is whiplash. Whiplash has received a bad reputation as an injury that many victims over-exaggerate to recovery more compensation. However, whiplash can cause severe and chronic pain that limits your ability to perform tasks. In some cases, whiplash can result in permanent damage to the neck that results in disability. Symptoms of whiplash include headaches, stiffness, neck pain, and reduction in range of motion. Furthermore, some whiplash victims also experience TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) symptoms.
In addition to whiplash, other common neck injuries sustained in a car accident include:
- Pinched nerves
- Disc injuries
- Strains and sprains
After a car accident, see your doctor if you do not require emergency medical attention. It is always a good idea to get a thorough medical examination after any accident. If you are injured, contacting an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney is also a wise step after an accident.
Call For A Free Consultation With A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
The Sacramento personal injury lawyers of the Tiemann Law Firm are highly experienced trial attorneys and negotiators. We have extensive experience handling car accident cases. Never assume your injuries are not severe enough to discuss your legal rights to recover compensation from a person who caused an accident. Our attorneys offer free case evaluations and legal consultations so you can learn your rights regarding medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Call our office at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website now to get more information or schedule an appointment.