Dealing With Back Pain After An Accident
The spine is the foundation of our entire body. It can also be the most vulnerable to injury during a car accident, especially at the base of the neck (C5-6 and C6-7) and lower back (L4-5 and L5-S1).
The back is made up of soft tissue, nerves, and the ever-important spine. The back may seem solid, but it is in no way designed or equipped to absorb the shock caused by an accident, even at low speeds. That’s right, even a low-speed collision can cause trauma to the back.
If an individual had their head turned or was sitting in an unnatural position at the time of the crash, this can further exacerbate the harm caused to the spine and the severity of the resulting injuries. Additionally, because the back includes so much soft tissue, and due to the endorphins and adrenaline present after a car accident, back injuries may not be immediately apparent. It can take 2-4 days for people to become aware of their back pain, and it can take months or even years of medical treatment and physical therapy to correct.
Signs of a Back Injury After an Accident
There are a number of signs to look out for in the aftermath of a car accident that may indicate that you have suffered a back injury. If, in the aftermath of a car accident, you experience tenderness, soreness, stiffness of the back muscles or loss of mobility, this may be a sign that you have experienced a back injury.
These injuries may be minor or major. It will not be apparent right away. As such, immediate treatment is advised to rule out a major injury. Numbness, tingling, and shooting pains are indicative of nerve damage, which may have been caused by damage or misalignment of the vertebrae during the crash. Further, if you notice an impact on your mobility, such as being unable to turn your head, bend over, or lift certain objects without pain, you should see a doctor right away, as range of motion may continue to become more limited until the cause of the problem is diagnosed and treatment is initiated. Additionally, if left untreated, back injuries tend to get progressively worse and more debilitating over time.
Compensation for Back Injuries
Back injuries can be incredibly expensive to treat. Back surgeries are among the most expensive and require a lengthy recovery time during which you will likely be unable to work. If you have suffered a back injury as a result of a car crash that was not your fault you can sue to recover your damages. Damages include compensation for all medical bills (past and future), lost wages (past and future) and pain and suffering (past and future) experienced as a result of the crash. If you are unable to return to work as a result of the injury, or are unable to return to the same position, loss of earning potential can also be compensated.
Talk to a Florida Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a serious injury due to a car crash that was not your fault, Lyons & Snyder Trial Attorneys will fight to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve. Our Plantation personal injury attorneys are ready to zealously advocate for you. There is no fee unless we win your case.