Suffering from a broken back injury is a very painful and uncomfortable situation that is most often caused by some sort of trauma that triggers an individual vertebra in the spinal column to become fractured or dislocated.
A broken back usually only refers to vertebrae injuries but if these issues are not treated properly it can also result in spinal cord injuries and nerve damage.
There are three different types of injuries that can cause a broken back:
- Fractures occur when too much pressure is put on the bones causing them to break.
- Dislocations happen when the ligaments or discs connecting two vertebrae are stretched or torn which can lead them to come out of alignment.
- Fractured dislocations. A combination of the two, this type of injury is the most incapacitating type of back injury.
If you or anyone you know has suffered from a broken back or back injury, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
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What Causes a Broken Back?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 182,270 back injuries recorded in the workplace in 2011. A broken back is often caused by two common types of trauma:
Slip and fall
Most commonly persons working in the following industries are more susceptible to experiencing slip and falls:
- Nursing – Orderlies, Aides, and Nurses
- Sanitation – Janitors and Cleaners
- Truck Drivers – Tractor-trailer and heavy truck drivers
The elderly are more likely to have falls that results in juries due to a loss of balance, impaired vision, and environmental factors.
In North Carolina more than 106,000 people were injured as a result of a car accident in 2011. The back-and-forth action in an accident can cause the vertebrae to compress and break. Car accidents are also known to cause spinal cord injuries.
Symptoms of a Broken Back
Many people experience day-to-day back pain and tend to take over-the-counter medication, but if you have been involved in a car accident you could be suffering from a broken back if you did not seek immediate medical assistance.
Some common symptoms of a broken back include:
- Sudden severe pain
- Pain that worsens when walking or standing
- Deformity of the spine
- Back tenderness
- Hip pain
- Breathing problems
- Digestive problems
The type of pain you’re experiencing can vary by how critical the injury is and pain that radiates to the lower extremities could signal a herniated disc injury or nerve damage.
How to Treat a Broken Back
Doctors will evaluate your injuries either using a magnetic resonance image (MRI) or computed tomography scan (CT scan). Most broken backs are fixed through surgery and the fractured vertebrae will be fused together. Bone chips and fragments may be removed during the surgery or at another time.
Back surgery recovery takes some time and it is likely the victim will have to wear a cast to immobilize the back. Physical therapy is usually the next step in the recovery process. In some extreme cases the healing of a broken back can take up to year and some people may never recover.
Contact a Winston-Salem Accident Lawyer Today
If you or anyone you know has been involved in an accident that resulted in a broken back and are seeking legal counsel, our lawyers are ready to help you. With more than more than 150 years of combined legal experience our team of lawyers are dedicated to guiding you through the entire personal injury litigation process.
Our main offices of Lewis & Keller are located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina. We are also committed to helping clients in neighboring cities such as:
- Fisher Park
- Sunset Hills
- Buena Vista
- …and many more.
At our firm we understand how difficult it can be to deal with injuries after an accident and we believe you should get the justice you deserve. Contact our office at 1-866-299-1769 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers that can help with your specific case.
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