Back and Neck Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Accidents - Future Firm Law Tampa Attorneys

Back and Neck Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Accidents

Any sort of personal injury accident, such as a car wreck or a collision with a truck, can result in severe back and neck injuries. These injuries will often lead to not only a great deal of excruciating pain, but decades of debilitation as well. When back or neck damage is extensive, a victim’s quality of life could be taken away from them.

At Future Firm Law, we’re uniquely positioned to make sure you obtain full and fair compensation if you’ve suffered one of these kinds of injuries due to another’s negligence. One of our attorneys is a certified radiologist who can make sure you’re receiving the correct treatment. We can also verify the severity of your injuries so that we can demand the maximum compensation possible. If you would like to schedule a free review of your case, please use our online contact form or give us a call at (813) 771-6353.

The following is a brief look at some of the most common back and neck injuries that result from personal injury accidents that are typically caused by another party’s negligence.

Lumbar Sprains

A sprain in the lumbar, or lower, portion of the back can occur in just about any kind of accident. You could be on a motorcycle, for instance, and be thrown off the bike after being struck by a negligent motorist.

A lumbar strain occurs when back ligaments are torn. If it sounds painful, it is – extremely painful. This pain can shoot down into the buttocks and legs, making it almost impossible for someone to walk with their normal posture.

Lumbar Spine Injuries

These typically involve dislocations and fractures of the bones that make up the lower region of the spine. These bones, known as vertebrae, connect the lower portion of the spine to the mid-back, or thoracic spine. If you were in a boating accident, a car accident or some other collision, the force of the accident could have led to you suffering a severe impact to your back. That could very well have led to a lumbar spine injury that may require extensive treatment.

Thoracic Spine Injuries

Suppose you were walking down a grocery store aisle and suddenly slipped because the store failed to clean up a spill, or notify you that the aisle was wet. Your feet came completely out from under you, and you landed squarely on your back. There’s a chance you could have injured the thoracic portion of your spine. This is located at about the same height as your lungs.

As you may have already found out the hard way, thoracic spine injuries can result in an incredible amount of pain. They can also lead to permanent nerve damage.

Spinal Stenosis

Most people assume spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal column, only develops over time as people age. However, an accident can also cause this condition by altering the structure of the spine, leading to a great deal of pressure on the surrounding nerves. Not only do victims experience pain, they can also suffer from numbness – or possibly even paralysis.

Disc Herniation

A herniated disc is also often called a slipped disc. By any name, it’s a very painful condition that can develop when an accident occurs. One of the most common causes is a rear-end collision that results in the discs being pushed out of place. The discs in your back provide cushioning between the vertebrae in your spine, so it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see how painful and troublesome this kind of injury can be.

Whiplash

Whiplash - Back and Neck Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Accidents - Future Firm Law Tampa Attorneys

Whiplash occurs when the neck violently whips back and forth. This is another injury that typically results from a rear-end crash. The whipping motion leads to soft tissue damage in the neck, and can also affect the soft tissues in the upper back as well.

Facet Joint Injuries

For each pair of vertebrae in the spinal column – and there are 24 of them – there are two facet joints. These joints slide, helping the spine move properly. They also help support each vertebra as well. If you didn’t have facet joints, your spine would bend so far that it would be at a major risk of breaking.

When an accident leads to a severe back impact, one, or all, of the facet joints can be severely damaged. This can cause excruciating pain, and can also result in immobility as well.

Symptoms of Back and Neck Injuries Caused by Personal Injury Incidents

Every kind of back or neck injury can cause almost unbearable symptoms. While different injuries affect victims in different ways, these are a few of the symptoms people tend to experience.

  • Stiffness of the neck
  • Severe pain that can radiate to other parts of the body
  • Numbness and weakness
  • Tingling in the hands and arms
  • Loss of mobility

Compensation for Back or Neck Injury Through a Personal Injury Claim

Treating a severe back injury can require extensive surgery – in some instances, multiple surgeries might be needed. Of course, the cost of treatment can get extremely steep extremely fast.

Even if you have PIP (personal injury protection) as part of your insurance coverage, it won’t pay all of your accident-related expenses. There’s a very high likelihood that the cost of your treatment will exceed the limits of your policy. When it comes to obtaining full compensation, your only recourse may be to take legal action against those responsible for your being hurt.

How Can Future Firm Law Help You?

That’s why one of the most important steps to take after an accident will be to speak with an attorney. A legal representative with Future Firm Law is standing by to help. We can investigate the accident, and find out exactly why it happened, and who is to blame. Our legal team will then work to make sure you get every penny you have coming to you.

Please get in touch with our firm to learn more about how we may be able to help. You can contact us online or call (813) 771-6353 for a free consultation.

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