The most common types of injuries suffered in car accidents are neck and back injuries.
Neck and back injuries are often painful and involve long recovery periods. Neck and back injuries may also cause nerve damage that can lead to permanent disability.
Whiplash is a common injury suffered by car accident victims. The impact of the crash can cause the victim’s head to snap back and forth, causing the muscles and ligaments in the neck to extend beyond its normal range of motion. A person who suffers whiplash may not immediately experience pain, but may start experiencing symptoms over the next few days. Common symptoms include:
- stiffness and soreness in the neck
- feeling tired
- blurry vision
If a car accident victim experiences any of these symptoms after a car crash, he or she should seek immediate medical treatment. Any delay in treatment can make an injury worse and make it harder for the victim to pursue a claim for compensation. A delay in treatment can give the insurance company an opportunity to contend that the injury is not accident related.
Herniated disc is a back injury, which is also known as a slipped disc, bulging disc, pinched nerve, or ruptured disc. A vertebral disc is a cushion that separates the vertebrae in the spine. They have a hard outer shell and a gel-like center. The purpose of the discs is to act as a shock absorber and to give flexibility to the spine. If the exterior becomes cracked and the gelatinous material from the center leaks out, the condition is known as herniated disc. Common symptoms include:
- numbness or tingling
- arm or leg pain
- weakness in the muscles served by the nerves affected by the herniated disc
Spinal Cord Damage
A car crash can cause traumatic spinal cord injuries. These injuries are characterized by damage to the ligaments, discs, vertebrae, or to the spinal cord. The vertebrae can be crushed, dislocated, or broken. In severe cases, the spinal cord can become severed. Symptoms of spinal cord damage include:
- loss of sensation
- loss of control over bladder or bowel functions
- inability to move all or part of the body below site of injury
- difficulty breathing or coughing
- pain, tingling, or numbness
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains of the neck and back are among the most common types of injuries caused by car crashes. A sprain is caused when ligaments are torn or stretched and a strain is caused when the tendons or muscles are torn or stretched. Both these conditions are painful and restrict a person’s range of motion.
Chicago Automobile Accident Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a neck or back injury in a car crash caused by another person’s fault, contact a Chicago car accident attorney to make a claim for compensation. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.