Back Injuries from Car Accidents
Car accidents place enormous strains on the body. The sudden force and deceleration from a car accident may compress or damage the back. The complicated bones and discs that form the spine can be seriously damaged. Car accidents may cause herniated (slipped) discs, ruptured discs or compressed discs.
What is Herniated Disc?
The spine consists of a column of 33 bones (vertebrae) that extend from the skull to the pelvis. Between each of these bones is a band of cartilage (a spinal intervertebral disk) that acts as a shock absorber between the bones. These vertebrae are grouped into three sections according to location: cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (middle back), and lumbar spine (lower back).
A herniated disc (called a slipped disc) is a fragment of the disc nucleus which is pushed out of the outer disc margin, into the spinal canal through a tear or “rupture” in the case of a disc rupture (ruptured disc). In the herniated disc’s new position, it is a bulging disc and presses on spinal nerves, producing pain down the accompanying leg. This produces a sharp, severe pain down the entire leg and into the foot. The spinal canal has limited space which is inadequate for the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment.
Recovering for Pain and Suffering
These injuries may have severe consequence for work and everyday life. If you have suffered from from a severe injury, you may require years of therapy and treatment. You may not be able to do certain everyday activities.
Claims for Compensation
If you have a severe injury from a car accident, you may be able to qualify for insurance compensation. Certain factors may depend on how the accident occurred and the laws in your state.
Case Assessment: find help for your injury
If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious injury, we may conduct an inquiry to find out if insurance policies and liable parties may have to provide you compensation for your injuries. If you believe some product, circumstance or individual may have been responsible for your accident, describe the details below.
The attorneys in our network will typically take cases at no upfront fee.