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Car accident back injuries can change everything

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents leave their mark in myriad ways. While some injuries are readily visible, others lurk beneath the surface, with their impact unfolding over time.

Among these hidden dangers are back injuries. These can have devastating and potentially permanent consequences.

The intricacy of the spine

The spine is the central pillar of the body — an architecture of vertebrae, discs and muscles that enables movement, supports our weight and protects the spinal cord. However, this intricate network can be vulnerable to the sudden forces unleashed in a car accident.

A spectrum of possible injuries

The type and severity of car accident back injuries can vary depending on the nature of the collision. Some common culprits include the following:

  • Whiplash: When the head moves back and forth rapidly in an accident, it can strain muscles, ligaments and discs in the neck and upper back, leading to chronic pain and stiffness.
  • Herniated discs: A forceful impact can cause the discs between vertebrae to bulge or rupture, potentially compressing nerves and causing pain, numbness and weakness.
  • Spinal fractures: Broken vertebrae are severe injuries that often require surgery and rehabilitation, with the potential for long-term pain and mobility limitations.

The most severe consequence, a spinal cord injury, can result in partial or complete paralysis, depending on the location and extent of the damage. The costs associated with spinal cord injuries can soar into the millions of dollars.

The shadow of permanent disability

While some back injuries heal with time and treatment, others can leave a lasting legacy of pain, financial hardship and functional limitations. In severe cases, permanent disability occurs, impacting the ability to work, engage in daily activities and enjoy life to the fullest.

Do not discount the possible severity of back injuries. Speak with your doctors about possible long-term consequences you may experience. When you prepare to file your accident claim, having experienced legal guidance is crucial as you seek maximum compensation.