Of all the types of injuries that can occur in a car accident, few are as devastating or debilitating as back injuries. There are various types of back and spinal injuries that have a wide range of implications, and it is important to seek medical advice if you are in any pain following a crash.
If you were in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to recover medical expenses, as well as other damages, from the liable party. Doug Churdar of the Churdar Law Firm can investigate the crash and guide you through the claims process. If you would like to speak with a Greenville personal-injury lawyer about your potential case, call 864-233-0203.
In the meantime, read on to learn about two of the most common back and spinal injuries that occur in collisions:
1. Herniated or Slipped Disc
Herniated or slipped discs are common back injuries during collisions. According to Healthline, there are 26 bones in the spinal column with disks between each bone that absorb shocks during daily activities like walking and running.
The impact of a severe car accident can damage one or more of these discs in the spine. This will limit the disc’s ability to cushion the bones, placing added pressure on nearby nerves.
A herniated or slipped disc can cause severe pain and numbness, and the pain does not necessarily stay near the location of the slipped disc. It can travel to any region that the nerves and their synapses in the affected area do.
2. Compression Fracture
Compression fractures in the back are common – particularly in older car crash victims. According to WebMD, compression fractures are small cracks in the bones of the spine. They can eventually cause the vertebrae to deform or collapse.
Even a small compression fracture can cause serious side effects. It may impact the shape and structure of the spine, and it can permanently alter how the spine functions.
The main symptoms of a compression fracture are breathing difficulties and mild to severe pain. Many people are not aware that they have sustained a compression fracture, and they may chalk up the pain and breathing difficulties to old age.
The symptoms of a compression fracture are similar to those experienced by people who are suffering from arthritis, and as a result, many people do not seek medical attention. The impact of doing so can lead to a continuously worsening situation, as well as increased pain and suffering. Research suggests that more than 60 percent of compression fractures go undiagnosed.
If you were in a car accident and you are suffering from back or neck pain, then you may have a serious injury and should seek medical attention immediately. If the crash was not your fault, contact the Churdar Law Firm for advice.
Greenville accident attorney Doug Churdar can evaluate your claim and guide you through the legal system. Call us today at 864-233-0203 to schedule an initial consultation.