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Car Accident Back Pain Can Be a Serious Injury

Solomon, Sherman & Gabay Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be very jarring on your body. The result of having your body knocked around upon impact can result in serious injuries to your back. Car accidents may cause damage to the soft tissue around your spine or they may cause injury to the spine itself. Some injuries will heal without lasting effects and others may result in permanent disabilities.

At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, our Philadelphia car accident attorneys have handled hundreds of car accident cases involving back injuries and we know how to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Frequency of Vehicle Crashes and Injuries

 There are about 6 million car accidents in the US every year. Injuries occur in half of those accidents. And about 2 million people end up with permanent injuries. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports there is an average of 14 traffic crashes occurring every hour in the state. And each day 209 people are injured in car crashes on Pennsylvania roads. Back pain is a frequent complaint of those involved in vehicle accidents and there are several types of back injuries that can result from the crash impact. 

5 Common Back Injuries from Car Accidents

After you have been in a car accident you are going to be pretty upset and you may not immediately realize the extent of your injuries. You may feel some pain or stiffness in your back. You may feel some tingling in your limbs and have trouble walking. You should see a doctor as soon as possible to get a diagnosis. If you have injured your back it will likely be in one of the following ways:

  1. Whiplash: A common injury that occurs as the head is thrown forward and back from the force of impact straining or tearing the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck and upper back.
  2. Herniated Disc: Force or pressure can cause a disc to rupture and press on the sensitive nerve endings surrounding the spine which can cause radiating pain, numbness, and muscle weakness.
  3. Aggravation of Degenerative Disc Disease: Pre-existing degenerative disc disease can begin to progress more quickly as the result of trauma to the back.
  4. Fractures: The most common type of fracture is a compression fracture which is a crack in the bone due to pressure on the spine from the impact.
  5. Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injuries are the most dangerous type of injury to the back as they can result in permanent nerve damage or paralysis.

Recovery after a Back Injury

Recovering after a back injury can be long and difficult. You may have to significantly limit your activities while your body goes through the healing process. You may endure a lot of pain and become frustrated when your progress seems very slow. It’s important that you keep your spirits up as much as possible during your recovery. Surrounding yourself with people who are encouraging and supportive can help keep you on track when the going gets tough. 

Knowing you have a skilled legal team fighting on your behalf allows you the peace of mind to focus on your job – which is to heal. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Solomon, Sherman & Gabay are ready to go to work for you and make sure you are adequately compensated for your ongoing medical expenses, pain, and suffering. Contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-665-1100.