Being severely injured in a car accident can be devastating, if not deadly. You may be asking yourself what you should do next following your accident.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But, it’s important to first understand the common types of back injuries caused by an accident and how calling an Advocate can help you in your recovery process.
Common Types of Car Accident Back Injuries
Back injuries are not only one of the most common types of injuries in the United States, but, according to the Federal Highway Administration, back and neck pain are the most prevalent types of injuries caused by car collisions. Here are commonly seen back injuries that often result from car accidents:
Despite being the most commonly known injury caused by car accidents, whiplash is often one of the most forgotten types of car crash injuries. While seatbelts do a thorough job of keeping you in your vehicle during an accident, they typically offer little protection to keep your neck and head in place. When another vehicle strikes your car, seatbelts more than likely do not stop the vehicle’s violent force from whipping your head and neck around. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, some of the most common symptoms of whiplash are headaches, dizziness, disorientation, and neck and back strains. But keep in mind, not all injuries, especially whiplash, appear right away. See your doctor if you’ve recently been injured in a car crash.
While spinal stenosis may directly be caused by accidents, a collision can cause a person with a narrowing spinal canal to experience accelerated symptoms of the condition. Oftentimes, people who have spinal stenosis, which is the compression of your nerve roots and spinal cord, are either born with the condition or eventually develop symptoms due to degenerative changes in your spine. But, your risks of being diagnosed with spinal stenosis significantly increase if you experience trauma from being in a car accident. Some of the most common symptoms of spinal stenosis are frequent leg pains and tightness in the lower back. If you experience any of these symptoms after being in a car accident or have a history of spinal stenosis, you should speak to a spinal cord specialist to determine if your accident directly caused these symptoms.
Another part of the back that can often suffer a great deal of pain from being in a car accident are the discs located in your spine. These discs that cushion your vertebrae can easily be shifted or completely thrown out of place, especially after being in a violent accident. The sudden force from a car crash can cause the nerves to compress, which typically feels like a severe pinching pain and numbness in your spine. It’s in your best interest, if you’re suffering from severe back pain, to seek physical therapy treatment for your back injuries, especially if the pain continues.
Many different types of trauma, including being injured in a serious car accident, can cause Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes an accident or trauma victim to suffer musculoskeletal pain throughout the entire body. It’s said that car accident victims who suffer severe neck and back injuries from a car accident have a higher risk of later developing fibromyalgia. In reality, the condition can be difficult to diagnose because, oftentimes, it can take a few months or even several years for symptoms to develop. Speak to a medical doctor about your accident right away.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Out of all of the injuries you can obtain from being in a car crash, spinal cord injuries are by far the worst. What makes them so dangerous is that even the slightest fender-bender tap can damage your spinal cord. Not to mention that all of your nerves are located in your spinal cord. You want to avoid this type of injury at all costs. If your spinal cord is bruised or severed as a result from your crash, it’s in your best interest to seek medical attention right away. Of course, you may not know your spinal cord was damaged at first, so speaking with a doctor or chiropractor right after your accident can potentially save you from suffering long-term injuries, such as paralysis or a disability, later on down the road.
But, just as no two thumb prints are the same, neither are back injuries. If you recently suffered a back injury due to another person’s negligence, one of our personal injury attorneys at The Idaho Advocates may be able to help you recover loss wages and compensation for your medical bills.
Diagnosing Back Injuries After a Car Accident
Regardless of whether you see a chiropractor or massage therapist for your back injuries, there are some things you should expect when you go for your visit. Your doctor will most likely ask you the following questions:
-What symptoms or aches are you experiencing in your back?
-What part of your back is hurting?
-How long have you had this pain for?
-When did you first notice the pain?
-What caused your back pain, an injury or accident?
-Have you used any home remedies or treatment?
-Are you experiencing any other symptoms?
When you do speak with a doctor about your injuries, keep these questions in mind ahead of time.
Obtaining Compensation For Back Injuries After an Accident
Nearly 1.4 million Americans reported a loss of time at work due to back pain and injuries, according to a 2003 study. Not only do back injuries cause a tremendous amount of pain and often require extensive medical care, they disrupt work and daily life activities as well.
If you were recently injured in a collision, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses by making a personal injury claim. An accident attorney will review your case with you and help you determine what your best options are for obtaining a fair compensation for your injuries and suffering.
Contact an Accident Attorney from The Idaho Advocates!
If you were recently hurt in a car accident, it’s in your best interest to have an Advocate on your side. We not only offer an initial Free Consultation and review your case with you, we ultimately put your needs above all else.
Your recovery is the Advocates’ number one priority. You can either call us at (208) 995-2444 or contact us on our homepage. Don’t wait. You deserve an Advocate!
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