It’s quite common to hurt your back in an accident. Unfortunately, unless they experience a back injury that requires hospitalization, too many people ignore their back injury and assume that it will get better over time. They subsequently discover, often too late, that their injury is more serious than they thought and will require extensive medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.
Common Causes of Back Injuries
Back injuries can be caused in many different ways and sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover compensation from back injuries caused by the following accidents:
- Motor vehicle accidents. This one probably comes as no surprise due to the speed and forces at work in a car accident. The violent impact in a motor vehicle accident can cause serious injury to your back. Motorcyclists who are involved in an accident are especially in danger of suffering a serious back injury.
- Slip and fall accidents. Slipping and falling can also result in a back injury, especially if you fall on the stairs or fall from any significant height.
- Construction accidents. Construction workers face numerous hazards every day. Falling equipment, missing or faulty safety equipment, falls, and malfunctioning heavy equipment can all cause a serious accident that can result in a back injury.
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents. When a cyclist or a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, they will almost certainly suffer a serious back injury.
These are just some of the most common causes of back injuries that we’ve seen. If you’ve suffered a back injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss whether you are entitled to compensation.
Types of Back Injuries
Back injuries can range from mild annoyances to severe, life-changing disabilities. These are some of the back injuries that our clients have suffered as a result of their accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries. This is when the spinal cord is damaged or completely severed, resulting in paralysis (quadriplegia and paraplegia). This is the most serious back injury you can suffer.
- Fractures. Severe accidents can result in a broken back, caused by fracturing one or more of your vertebrae.
- Nerve damage. Almost any type of accident can cause nerve damage in your back depending on the force of the impact. The pain typically radiates out from your spine into your arms and legs. You may experience partial or total numbness or tingling in your hands and feet.
- Herniated discs. Some accidents can result in the spinal discs bulging or slipping out of place. This is an extremely painful injury, as the disc presses on the surrounding nerves.
If your back is hurting, the most important thing is to get medical treatment as soon as possible. It’s also important to be aware that some back injuries may not manifest themselves until days or even weeks following your accident. As a result, don’t hesitate to schedule another appointment with your doctor even if you’ve already been treated.
Consequences of Back Injuries
Back injuries can consequences in your day-to-day life, whether mild or severe. You may be facing permanent disability or just chronic pain. A back injury can make it difficult to work or simply unable to live your life like you normally would. Here are some of the consequences that you may be facing as a result of your back injury:
- Loss of sleep
- Loss of mobility and flexibility
- Loss of sensation
- Nerve pain
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Today to Schedule a Free ConsultationThe attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have been helping people get compensation for their back injuries since 1992. If you’ve injured your back in an accident caused by someone else, our attorneys can help you understand your options. Call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to set up a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.