Crash-related injuries may present themselves differently for some people. You may feel perfectly fine after being in a crash. In fact, you may even go about your business as usual after. For most people who are able to walk away from a car accident, the last thing on their mind is seeing a doctor. Many people are more concerned with getting their cars repaired and finding temporary transportation.
Even if you feel fine, you likely still sustained an injury. Injuries to the back and spine often have delayed symptoms. That's why it's important that you see a doctor as soon as possible to get a medical evaluation and diagnosis. Your doctor may find an abnormality in your back or spine through an MRI or CT scan. A physical examination may identify a source of pain or limited mobility.
What are the most common causes of back pain?
Back pain after a car accident is usually the result of:
- Whiplash. This is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck that commonly happens during rear-end collisions. The head rapidly jerks back-and-forth from the impact of a rear-end collision and causes the soft tissue in the neck to get overstretched. People who sustain whiplash may experience pain in the neck, upper back, shoulders and arms days later. Whiplash can also cause dizziness, fatigue and loss of mobility.
- Disc herniation. The discs offer cushioning and mobility to the spine. They are nestled between the vertebrae and are comprised of gel-like fluid. When a disc herniation occurs, the fluid protrudes through the disc wall and comes in contact with the nerves in the spinal cord. This causes serious back pain, muscle weakness, pain in the lower extremities and loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Broken vertebrae. During a crash, the small bones that make up the spine (vertebrae) can become fractured or broken. Broken vertebrae can cause pinching or compression of the nerves in the spinal cord, resulting in excruciating pain.
- Spinal stenosis. This condition is spinal narrowing that can be linked to trauma to the spine. Bone spurs often develop in the spine and place pressure on the nerves. The symptoms of this condition are similar to that of a vertebrae fracture or herniated disc.
- Trauma to soft tissue in the back. A crash can cause the muscles and ligaments in the back to overstretch, bruise or become torn. Trauma to the soft tissue in the back can result in serious pain and inflammation. Even as this type of injury begins to heal crash victims may still experience muscle spasms and limited mobility.
Contact an experienced car accident attorney if you sustained back pain in a crash
Whether you received an early diagnosis from your doctor or began experiencing back pain days after your crash, it's critical that you speak to an experienced Ohio attorney. You may be entitled to compensation through a car accident claim, but not without the right legal representation.
Insurance companies are often difficult to deal with. If you take the risk of speaking to them, anything you say can be leveraged against your claim. If you accept a lowball settlement offer from an insurance company, you won't be able to recover all damages accrued from your crash.
Your only focus should be on your recovery. Let an experienced Columbus car accident attorney at Mike Christensen Law Offices LLC handle the rest. We can investigate your crash and gather evidence that negligence led to your injury. We can also deal with the insurance companies for you and fight to maximize your compensation. Contact us online today to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.