Neck and back injuries are some of the most common and painful injuries one can suffer as a result of trauma. They can cause immediate, significant pain and suffering, as well as consistent and chronic pain over a lifetime in the case of herniated discs and spinal fractures. If you have suffered a back and neck injury caused by another person’s negligence, begin treating your injuries immediately and speak to an attorney soon thereafter to start documenting your accident and neck and back injuries.
The types of neck and back injuries that a person may suffer in an accident range all the way from herniated discs to torn tissue injuries, to cervical or spinal fractures. The nature and extent of the injury depend on the severity and direction of the forces and impact on the body as well as other factors related to the trauma. In a motor vehicle collision for example, the damage done to the vehicle is sometimes indicative of how the injuries were caused. It is important to realize, however, that the lack of damage to the vehicle is also sometimes misleading because a person’s body may still suffer significant trauma and severe injury to the muscles around the spine. In the very common rear end accident, a person’s upper torso is thrown ahead with significant force, while the head and neck snap backward. That motion lasts for just a fraction of a second, but can cause serious damage to the muscles and tissues of the neck. Such impacts can even result in herniated discs, which can cause a person significant pain, fatigue, weakness in the arms and legs, and other symptoms, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
A person who suffers from a neck or back injury can suffer from chronic or consistent pain. There may be symptoms of tingling or numbness that never go away. He or she may lose sensation in the legs and may experience a lack of stability and strength in the back. When a person continues to suffer chronic pain over the course of time, they may also experience depression, anxiety and other mental problems as a direct result. If you have suffered a back or neck injury in an accident, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation that can help you recover damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and disability.