Back and neck injuries are amongst the two most common types of motor vehicle collision injuries. Typically seen in head on and rear-end collisions, physical damages such as whiplash create health concerns for both the neck and back of the accident victim.
In the event that an auto accident takes place, back and neck injuries can either appear immediately following the collision or they may also develop slowly, through the wear and tear on particular muscles and joints within the body.
In North Carolina, a large majority of residents have reported some sort of spinal related pain throughout their lifetime, with a pronounced number having experienced an auto accident of some nature.
If you or someone that you love has suffered back discomfort after being involved in an auto or other type of accident that was not their fault, there may be grounds to file a lawsuit for injury compensation.
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Common Sources Of Spinal Injuries
While the severity of injuries due to motor vehicle collisions ranges, any back or neck injury can be incredibly painful – even debilitating at times.
The following are some of the most common causes of spinal injuries:
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- On-the-job injury
- Lifting heavy objects
- A sudden blow to the back or head
In many cases, these types of injuries are caused by the simple carelessness or negligence of another. When this occurs, the team here at Lewis & Keller strongly believe that these negligent individuals or companies must be held liable for the damages in which they cause to innocent accident victims.
With decades of experience handling personal injury litigation, we have the knowledge and determination to seek justice for your injuries, and will fight to obtain the MAXIMUM amount of compensation for any damages that you may have sustained.
Specific Types of Injuries
Generally speaking, back or neck damage is either an acute injury or an overuse injury. Due to the complexities of the human body, injuries in these areas can be agonizing, as the muscles, bones, and tissues run from the neck all the way down to the tailbone (coccyx).
When damage exists amongst any of these regions, there is a possibility that it will affect a number of the functional abilities that the victim was able to perform prior to being hurt.
Some of the most common back ailments can include:
- Acute or Sudden Injuries – Acute injuries refer to an accident that happens abruptly, causing intense pain for the accident victim. Typically, some kind of bruising or swelling will appear near the injury location. The most common examples of acute injuries include: strains, sprains, ruptured discs, and fractures.
- Strains and Sprains – When the tendons and muscles located in the back are injured, a strain is usually the medical issue, which is often caused when the tendon or muscle is twisted or pulled. On the other hand, a sprain refers to the tearing or stretching of the muscle or tendon in the back.
Ruptured Discs – When the material inside of a disc ruptures or bulges out of position, pressure is put on the neck and causes an immense amount of pain for the accident victim. The spine and vertebrae depend on the discs to act as cushions between one another. When damage causes these cushions to rupture, medical attention must be sought immediately.
- Dislocations or Spinal Fractures – Categorized as a fracture, dislocation, or fracture-dislocation, these bodily damages tend to be severely excruciating. When an accident’s impact places more pressure on the bones than they can withstand, a fracture occurs. When a dislocation occurs, the ligaments and discs which join two vertebrae are stretched or torn. A fracture-dislocation refers to both a torn ligament and broken bone.
- Overuse Damages – When medical issues such as muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain begin to occur in a centralized location, an overuse injury is likely developing. Activities such as incorrectly sitting, standing, walking, or lifting may cause this kind of damage. For instance, a trucker who operates an 18 wheeler for 10 hours a day may slowly develop back issues from sitting for lengthy periods of time. Constant wear and tear on the body will also create an overuse injury.
It’s important to note that determining the category in which your particular injury falls into can be quite difficult, and with that in mind, that decision will typically relate back to the treatment plan that a medical professional has suggested at the start of your rehabilitation program.
Common Treatment Options
When an accident victim visits a health care center to treat the source of their pain, the physician will generally administer an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. In doing so, the doctor will be able to determine exactly where the damages are and the extent to which the injury will effect daily function of the body.
After assessing the diagnosis, the medical professional will usually prescribe the following treatment:
- Prescription medication
- Physical Therapy
- Over The Counter Medication
Understandably, the type of treatment can vary greatly – depending on the nature and extent of the injury. With this in mind, it’s also important to note that many of these treatments will incur substantial medical and pharmaceutical bills.
At our firm, we believe that crash victims should never be responsible for these costs. With an established history of standing up for the individual – not large firms and insurance companies – we will fight for your maximum injury compensation.
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North Carolina is a thriving state with a growing population. The roads and highways throughout NC are often congested, making motorists susceptible to potential accidents.
At Lewis & Keller, we understand the hardships that accident victims face and make it our priority to put you and your case first. With our attention placed on all of the legal matters involved in your personal injury claim, you can rest assured in the knowledge that your best interests are being represented at all times.
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