Salisbury Back and Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
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Your back is one of the most pivotal areas of your body. Your spine is not only integral to your body’s ability to move freely, but it’s also responsible for protecting one of the single most important parts of your body: your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is a large collection of nerves that run from the base of your brain out to every part of your body. Nerves act as the communication pathway between your brain and that part of your body, enabling everything from movement to normal function.
Oftentimes, a car accident, fall, or another type of incident could contribute to serious back and spine injuries. Car accidents are the leading cause of spine injuries, causing more than 40% of all spinal injuries each year. Back injuries from car accidents can be expensive, with some reaching $100,000 or more in order to treat. Car accidents end up costing a total of $277 billion every year, which translates to about $897 for each person currently living in the U.S.
Long-Term Consequences of a Back Injury
A back injury can put someone out of commission for a long time. Back injuries are horrendously painful, making everyday activities significantly more difficult. A herniated disk or a deteriorated lumbar disk can keep a person in so much pain that he or she cannot return to work, let alone do simple activities like walk correctly or even get up out of a chair. Doctors may first try to treat a back injury with mandated rest and relaxation, painkiller medications, physical therapy and alternative health care methods. However, in some instances, this simply isn’t enough.
Back injuries are particularly bad because in some cases they simply never heal all the way. While you may be able to reduce the pain you’re in temporarily, the passage of time or significant use can cause the pain to return, putting you out of commission again for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. It may even require repeated treatment to eliminate the pain again.
Here are some common injuries resulting from car accidents:
- Whiplash: This occurs when the force of a car accident jolts your head backward and then forward, significantly straining the muscles in your neck. If you have whiplash, you will probably notice symptoms like stiffness and pain in the neck, headaches at the base of the skull, blurry vision, dizziness, and fatigue within 24 hours of the accident occurring.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: An accident may cause the soft tissue around the vertebra, including tendons, ligaments, and muscles, to bruise, stretch, or tear. This affects nerve endings in the body and can result in mild, moderate, or severe pain.
- Fractures: A fractures in the spine can occur when the force of a car accident throws your upper body forward while the lower body remains in place because of a seatbelt. This causes your vertebrae to break apart, resulting in a spinal fracture.
- Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis is a condition where the spine places pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal, resulting in numbness, weakness in the leg or buttock, and difficulty walking. Extreme cases of spondylolisthesis may lead to loss of bowel or bladder control, or it may cause no symptoms whatsoever or delayed symptoms that only manifest years later.
- Herniated Disc: This is when the soft center of the disc irritates the nerves around it by pushing through a crack in the exterior of the disc. A herniated disc may occur with no symptoms, or it may bring leg or arm pain, tingling and numbness, and weakness.
A spinal cord injury in the neck or back may leave someone paralyzed forcing them to adapt to disability for a lifetime. Hearne & Bailey, P.A. works with life-care planners, economists, vocational specialists, and other experts to help bring claims for compensation of clients who now live as paraplegics and quadriplegics because of car accidents and other accidental injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury to your back or spinal cord as a result of a car accident or other type of incident, Hearne & Bailey, P.A. may be able to help! Discuss your options with our Salisbury back and spinal cord injury attorneys by calling us at (410) 618-0903 today.