A highly experienced Fort Worth back injury lawyer will help you get the medical care and compensation you need if you are experiencing neck and back pain due to another driver’s negligence,
Rear-end, T-bone, and high-speed, and almost every collision cause forceful unexpected jolts to your body. Standing, sitting, walking and even getting out of bed will now be difficult.
Worse, you will not have any idea when your pain and limited range of motion will end.
We understand. We only handle car, truck, 18-wheeler, and motorcycle collisions.
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The Most Common Back Injuries That Result From Auto Accidents
According to the National Institutes of Health, motor vehicle collisions are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States.
How does this happen?
The back has bones (vertebrae) that help us stand erect and protect the spinal cord. The bones are protected by intervertebral discs. They are rubbery shock absorbers that serve as cushions so the bones protecting the spinal cord do not rub against each other.
Fortunately, most injured people do not suffer major injuries to their backs. Hopefully, you have just suffered a strain/sprain (commonly referred to as whiplash), but if your pain persists, you may have one of these more serious disorders in your neck and back.
Whiplash, or the strain/sprain of muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, fascia, and connective tissue, is the most common injury among car and truck accident victims.
Symptoms include mild to severe pain, headaches, decreased range of motion, spasms, and other complications.
The physical impact of a car accident can cause the outer part of these discs to bulge and create pressure on surrounding nerves.
The size of the bulge, protrusion, or extrusion needs to be measured in a sophisticated test like a magnetic resonance image (MRI). Large bulges that are 3 mm or bigger can be major problems.
Bulging discs lead to symptoms including
Neck, back, and jaw pain
When the outer layer of a disc cracks or tears, the inner gel-like substance, known as the nucleus pulposus, can burst and leak into the spinal canal. This is known as a herniated disc. The herniation can irritate nearby nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Again, the size of the herniation must be diagnosed by orthopedic or neurosurgical specialists.
A spinal fracture is among the most serious back injuries. This involves a break in one or more of the lumbar spine vertebrae. Symptoms include
Severe back pain
Numbness in legs
Treatment options for spinal fractures include non-surgical interventions like bracing as well as surgeries aimed at stabilizing the spine and preventing further injury.
Extensive physical therapy is also usually a necessary part of spinal fracture rehabilitation.
Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition where one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. This can occur due to a sudden trauma.
It can lead to pain, stiffness, muscle tightness, weakness, and nerve compression.
Our Fort Worth Back Injury Lawyer Will Fight for Your Rights
Spinal injuries can have serious consequences, so large compensation amounts are often necessary in these types of cases.
Neck and back injuries sometimes require ongoing treatment for years and may be permanent.
In addition to your medical expenses, you may also be entitled to receive your lost earnings, pain and suffering, disability, and other losses you suffered.
Remember, time is of the essence if you’re thinking of pursuing a Texas auto accident claim.
There is generally a two-year statute of limitations. If you miss that deadline or a shorter one, your chance to recover damages will be gone.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Injuries
Back injuries can be difficult to spot. It is crucial to note that back injuries may not make themselves obvious immediately after your accident due to shock and adrenalin. But they quickly wear off.
That is why promptly seeking medical attention after a collision is so important.
If you should visit an emergency room after a collision, you’ll usually only undergo an x-ray, which just shows broken bones. Sometimes x-rays are not even taken, especially for patients without private health insurance.
In order to accurately identify your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment, specialists may have to run MRI tests, CT scans, and other medical exams.
In terms of treatment, minor injuries like sprains and strains may respond well to light interventions like rest, physical therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers. More severe neck and back injuries typically require more intense treatment including
Prescription-strength anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants
Epidural steroid injections and other prescription treatments for the management of pain and inflammation
Surgery to relieve spinal compression and other issues
Physical and occupational therapy to support long-term rehabilitation
Every case is different. The only way to know for certain what your diagnosis and treatment protocol will be is to visit a top spinal injury orthopedic or neurosurgeon.
Of course, you’ve likely never had to even think about visiting a specialist like this before, so you probably won’t have any idea where to start.
If you contact us for a consultation, we can analyze your case and point you in the right direction. Our firm has good relationships with good doctors in North Texas. In many cases, these first-class medical experts will agree to work with our clients on a delayed payment schedule.
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Contact Berenson Injury Law today to speak with a Texas back injury lawyer who has been successfully representing Fort Worth car accident victims for 42 years.
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