Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries are two common forms of injuries from accidents, particularly those caused by negligence. If you are seeking treatment for these issues or are suffering from the symptoms due to someone else’s negligence, please contact us for a free consultation.
The neck is both one of the most important parts of our bodies and one of the most easily injured. The muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the neck can each be traumatized. Pain can spread from our neck to our jaw, back and arms. Here are some typical neck injuries caused by trauma:
Soft Tissue Injuries
The soft tissue that surrounds our spines is often injured or bruised in accidents. They are not built to withstand, for example, the sudden shock and recoil of being rear ended. If they are struck in a fall, the neck’s soft tissue can be hurt. Bruising or injury to these tissues can affect thousands of nerve endings, resulting in numbness, chronic pain and/or severe pain.
Pinched or Damaged Nerves
Our nervous system connects our bodies. Injuries to nerves can take many different forms. Nerve damage can cause numbness or a lack of feeling in parts of the body. We may also lose the ability to control our muscles in parts of our bodies after an injury. Pinched nerves can be very painful and can require quite a bit of treatment and therapy, while nerve damage is extremely serious and can be permanent and life changing.
Whiplash is also referred to as a neck sprain or a neck strain. It is caused when the muscles and ligaments in our neck are suddenly twisted or jarred. The classic example of whiplash is a driver being rear ended. The neck flies forward and over extends the muscles on the back of our necks. Then, the head flies back after the impact and hyper extends our muscles a second time. This violent motion can have long lasting consequences that require a significant amount of treatment.
Even a minor accident or fall can result in a back injury. Symptoms can be from mildly to extremely painful and these injuries can cause temporary, chronic or permanent discomfort. Common back injuries include:
Herniated and Bulging Discs
Discs sit between our vertebrae and provide cushion and protection for our spines. When a disc is herniated, it is essentially out of place. This results in pressure on our vertebrae. That typically comes with real pain and sometimes numbness, particularly in the legs. These are serious injuries. Recovery requires time, treatment and sometimes surgery.
Spinal Cord Injuries
These are the most serious types of back injuries. When the spine is bruised or injured, people can experience numbness or paralysis. The ability to move is impaired. These are major injuries that can cause permanent issues for the accident victim.
Neck and Back Accident Trauma
The most important rule about any neck or back injury is to get checked by a professional. One should never assume that ‘it’s not that bad’ or ‘I’ll feel better tomorrow’. Accidents are tricky things; we become so filled with adrenaline in an accident we are not the best judges of how we are doing. Additionally, some symptoms take hours or days to show up. Make sure you get checked.
If you or someone you care about have suffered a neck or back injury as a result of negligence, please contact us today. Hale Injury Law understands the nature of these injuries, the time and expense of recovery and the way they can impact people’s lives. We help our clients recover and to receive fair compensation for injuries.