The force of a car accident carries the potential to leave victims with major back injuries. These can run the gamut from short-term whiplash to more severe things like spinal cord damage.
You may not realize at the scene of the accident that you’ve suffered a devastating spinal injury. It is extremely important to get medical attention to be evaluated for the full scope of your injuries, even if you do not experience pain at that moment. If you do continue to experience severe pain, you need to report to your doctor or the emergency room immediately. Ruling things out can help you get peace of mind and put you on the path to recovery.
A range of spinal injuries can compromise your ability to recover and go back to work or live your life normally again. Victims can sustain injuries to many parts of their body in an accident, but the spine is especially dangerous. Spinal injuries can be very complex and require significant treatment. Many people may never fully recover from the most serious of spinal injuries.
Here are five of the most common spinal injuries that may affect a car crash victim:
- Ruptured disc and herniated disc injuries.
- Whiplash injuries, which are some of the most common and affect the head, shoulder and neck and may persist for weeks at a time.
- Spinal cord injuries, which may require substantial or lifelong treatment.
- Facet joint injuries.
- Spinal fractures.
A firm diagnosis from an experienced physician will help you to determine what your life will look like after a spinal injury. You may need to rely on filing a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve.