A back injury resulting from a Chicago car accidents can have serious and long term consequences for victims.
The human back is a complex and delicate structure of muscles, bones, nerves, and other tissues. An injury to the back can have serious and long term consequences for the victim. Back injuries may result from a variety of causes, and the most common among them are the car accidents.
Types of back injuries resulting from Chicago car accidents:
Your spinal cord acts as a link between the brain and rest of the body by carrying messages to and from the brain, facilitating sensory and motor control. The impact of a car crash can cause damage to the delicate bundle of nerves in the spine.
An injury to the nerves impairs their ability to carry signal, and the brain is unable to communicate with the body parts served by the affected nerves. It may cause paralysis and loss of sensation in part or all of the body. A spinal cord injury may lead to total numbness or paralysis in the affected body part, or may be partial and cause some loss of movement and sensation in the affected area.
Herniated disc is also known as ruptured or slipped disc and a type of back injury that is common among victims of car accidents. Discs are spongy cushions in the spinal cord that separate vertebrae and give flexibility to the spine. The impact of the crash can cause one of the discs to deform or break. This destroys its ability to cushion the bones.
The damaged disc may put pressure on the nearby nerves causing weakness, numbness, and pain in the part of the body that the nerve serves. Low back disc injuries can lead to sciatica, which causes sharp pain, and numbness and tingling in buttocks and/or legs on one side.
These are tiny cracks that develop in the bones of spine, and can cause the vertebrae to collapse and get damaged. It may alter the shape and structure of the spine permanently. Symptoms include pain, difficulty breathing, and change in posture. These injuries are more common in older adults. They often ignore the symptoms as signs of normal aging, and due to this, many compression fractures go undiagnosed.
Low Speed Car Accidents
Even low speed or low-impact accidents can lead to serious injuries. The soft tissues in neck and back are especially vulnerable to injury in case of a low speed collision, which may cause sudden jerking motion leads to stretching or tearing of the muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues. About a third of people who get involved in low impact car crashes suffer soft tissue injuries. Common symptoms of these injuries include muscle stiffness or soreness, numbness, tingling, and bruising.
Compensation for Car Accident Related Back Injuries
Back injuries may require long term medical treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation and care. The overall costs can quickly escalate leaving the victim with a huge financial burden. So, it is important to get the party at fault to pay the damages that cover all costs resulting from the accident. To ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to under Illinois law, speak with a Chicago car accident lawyer at Willens Law Offices as soon as possible after an accident. Call (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.