Back injuries are some of the most common personal injuries sustained in car accidents. Even a relatively minor car accident can leave you with a back injury that causes chronic pain months or even years later. Back injuries not only limit your quality of life, they can also interfere with your ability to work and sustain the same income. This, combined with the financial burden of physical therapy and medical bills, can quickly become too much to handle on your own.
Types of Back Injuries
There are several different types of back injuries, each with varying levels of severity. The main categories of back injury include:
- Disc injuries – The discs in your spinal column are the spongy “cushions” that protect and separate your vertebrae. Discs also give your back its flexibility. If a disc is damaged, ruptured, or herniated after a car accident, this can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the parts of your body that the nerves connect with.
- Spinal cord injury – Your spinal cord links your brain with the rest of your body, allowing your brain to control movement and sensory functions. When the spinal cord is injured, your brain’s ability to communicate with your body may become limited, resulting in paralysis.
- Compression fractures – Older adults are especially vulnerable to compression fractures during car accidents. Tiny cracks form in the bones of your spine that can eventually lead to your vertebrae deforming or collapsing. This can permanently alter the structure and shape of your spine, causing breathing difficulties and significant pain.
- Soft tissue injuries – The soft tissues in your neck and back are both vulnerable to injury, even in low-speed car accidents. The sudden jerking motion of an accident can tear or stretch delicate nerves, tendons, muscles, and other connective tissues. Over a third of people in low-speed car accidents suffer soft tissue injuries, which can lead to permanent pain and disability.
The long-term cost of dealing with a serious back injury can be extremely high. If you have suffered a debilitating back injury in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, our experienced auto accident lawyer Charles N. Rock can help you pursue the compensation you need to fully recover in all areas of your life.
If you are looking for a car accident lawyer you can trust, please contact Newburgh car accident lawyer Charles N. Rock, PLLC today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured car accident victims in New Paltz, Brooklyn, Kingston, Queens, Manhattan, and Poughkeepsie, New York.