Common Types Of Back Injuries From Car Accidents
A back injury is one of the most common – and dangerous – types of injury suffered by victims of car accidents. If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, it’s important to understand the most common types of back injuries so that you can get the treatment and care you need.
If you suffered a back injury in a car accident or any other traumatic event caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, our Las Vegas back injury lawyer at Cameron Law can help. Our lawyer can help you file an insurance claim or pursue legal action against the at-fault party to make sure that you get compensation for all your damages and losses, including medical bills and therapy/rehabilitation costs.
6 Common Types of Back Injuries from Car Accidents
Below are some of the most common types of back injuries sustained by victims of car accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious types of back injuries. They can be caused by a direct blow or jolt to the spine, or by an object penetrating through the spinal cord itself. These injuries can cause loss of sensation or movement in certain areas of the body, and depending on their severity, they may even result in paralysis. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries (over 38%).
- Soft-tissue bruising/tearing. Soft tissue bruising and tearing occur when muscles, ligaments, and tendons become damaged due to a traumatic force such as an impact from a car accident. This type of injury is often accompanied by swelling, stiffness, and pain that can significantly limit mobility.
- Compression fractures. Compression fractures occur when vertebrae become compressed due to a sudden force or impact—such as one experienced during a car accident. These fractures can cause significant pain and discomfort and may even require surgery if they are severe enough.
- Dislocation fracture. A dislocation fracture is when two or more bones become separated due to extreme force or trauma—like that experienced during an automobile crash. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention because it can cause severe pain and difficulty moving certain parts of your body if not treated properly.
- Herniated/bulging discs. Herniated discs occur when discs located between vertebrae become displaced due to extreme forces experienced by vehicle occupants during a crash. The resulting pressure on nerve roots can cause severe pain throughout your body along with numbness in certain areas.
- Spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips out of place over another one—usually due to weakened ligaments that no longer keep them secure in their position within your spine. This type of injury typically causes chronic lower back pain and muscle spasms in addition to weakness in your legs.
If you experience any discomfort, pain, numbness, or limited range of motion in your back or other parts of your body following a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your symptoms could indicate one of the back injuries mentioned above.
Speak with a Back Injury Lawyer at Cameron Law
If you sustained a back injury due to someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct, our lawyer at Cameron Law can help you hold the at-fault party accountable and ensure that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Call 702-745-4545 to receive a free case review with attorney Daven P. Cameron.