Back pain is one of the most common and chronic afflictions experienced in the U.S. Recovery can be a long and difficult process given the complex nature of the back and its various structures. Every year, car accident victims suffer back injuries and are left wondering what to do next. How can you obtain the care you need and the time required to heal from this serious injury while still remaining financially stable? For injury victims and their families, a personal injury legal claim can provide the care and compensation to help them move forward as successfully as possible.
Common Car Accident-Related Back Injuries
Car accidents, even at lower speeds, exert a great amount of force on the body. They commonly cause a variety of back injuries, which can range in severity. These injuries include:
- Herniated disks. Between the stacked bones that comprise the vertebrae lie disks. These disks can be damaged or torn, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
- Spinal cord injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, car crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. These injuries are among the most serious as they often result in permanent changes to a person’s strength, sensitivity, and body function.
- Fracture. The bones in the back can break like any other bone in the body. However, the treatment of these fractures can be difficult given the complex nature of the back and the number of structures that work together in close proximity.
- Sprains and strains. The structures in the back can also be stretched, torn, or otherwise damaged, which can result in significant pain and require both treatment and rest.
Symptoms of Accident-Related Back Injuries
If you experience these or any other symptoms, visit a care provider. Back injuries can manifest in many ways. While some are clearly apparent, it may be harder to recognize other symptoms as back-related injuries. Some common symptoms include:
- Loss of sensation or movement
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Loss of bladder control
- Difficulty with balance
- Changes in sexual function
This is not a complete list of symptoms, and it is important to seek medical care if you’ve been involved in an accident. Only a doctor can interpret your symptoms and determine the extent of injury.
Treatment and Prognosis for Back Injury Accident Victims
Addressing a back injury is not always straightforward. While many injuries will heal over time, some severe injuries may not. Back injury victims may find themselves facing a difficult road to as full a recovery as possible, which could include treatments such as:
- Physical therapy
According to the Mayo Clinic, recovery can begin anywhere from a week to six months after an accident, and the full process may take years.
How an Experienced Injury Attorney Can Help
Recovering from a back injury after an accident can be a long and arduous process. The last thing victims and their families should have to worry about is how they will get the care they need and how they will support their family during recovery. An experienced injury attorney can help victims obtain that care, as well as compensation to aid with the income lost when you are forced to miss work. An injury claim can provide an award to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket costs
If you or someone you love has suffered a back injury in an accident, it’s important to seek the help you need right away. See a doctor as soon as you experience symptoms to best protect your health, and speak with an attorney who can help you fully understand your legal rights. For back injury victims, the road to recovery can be especially challenging, so don’t wait to take action. In Alaska, attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many accident victims just like you ensure they are offered all the resources available to them to make as complete a recovery as possible. Call Ben in his Anchorage office or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. You’ll reach Ben directly and find the answers you need to move forward most effectively.