When two vehicles collide, the drivers and passengers can all sustain serious injuries as well as property damage. The problem is that the stress that the accident puts on the bodies of the occupants can drive up adrenaline and put victims into shock, which masks any pain they might be feeling from injuries.
This can keep crash victims from seeking medical attention because they don’t think they’ve been hurt. When they finally do feel pain from the wreck, they might avoid getting treatment because they don’t realize it’s related to their accident, or they don’t think getting help would improve anything now. But really, the opposite is true.
After a motor vehicle wreck that causes injuries and property damage, you might need the help of a car accident lawyer to recover compensation for what you’ve suffered. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we will fully investigate your claim and use the police report, medical bills, and other documents to determine fault and how much you’re owed for your damages.
Seek Medical Treatment
Whether your back hurts immediately after a car accident, or if you’re feeling it days, weeks, or months later, the best thing for you to do is to seek medical treatment. Ideally, you should be evaluated immediately after the accident, whether you feel pain or not, but if you’ve waited until you feel pain, you should still seek treatment. Even though you might think it’s too long after the accident to get evaluated, you should still be evaluated by a doctor as soon as you feel pain.
With back pain especially, it’s important to get treated because your back is an important part of your body that houses a critical body part—your spine. If you have a back or spinal injury, any damage could cause a permanent change in your life. Spinal cord injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability.
On top of immediate medical care being able to identify any injuries you might have sustained in your crash so that you can begin treatment and healing promptly, evaluation from medical professionals will also create a record that can be used later. If you need to prove that the accident directly caused you injury, medical treatment will provide you with documentation that you sought treatment and give a record of what you were treated for.
Common Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
If you’re feeling pain in your back after a collision, you might want to know what kind of injury you could be facing. Here are some of the most common back injuries that occur in a car accident:
- Whiplash. Even though this is more of a neck injury, it still affects the spine and can affect the back as well if it is left untreated or is a more severe injury. Whiplash happens when the head is whipped from one side to the other and can cause damage to muscles and ligaments within the neck and back.
- Degenerative disc disease. A car accident can cause damage between the vertebrae of the spine, which is where discs are. Any pinched nerves, bulging discs, or other damage to the spine can jump start degenerative disc disease, which causes many other issues with the spine.
- Sprains and strains. The muscles in the back can become sprained and strained, depending on the impact and different ways a body is contorted in a car accident. These can make it hard to move or lift anything, which could also impede a person’s ability to work and live.
- Spinal cord injuries. As mentioned above, spinal cord injuries can have a serious impact on a person’s life and can result in permanent disability and paralysis. Depending on the location and severity of the injury on the cord, a person could be paralyzed from the waist or neck down and could have trouble caring for themselves for months or the rest of their lives.
Our Lawyers Can Help You
Back injuries are nothing to mess with. Even the least severe back injury can make your life more difficult for weeks and prevent you from being able to work. As if your medical bills and damage repair costs weren’t enough from a car accident, lost wages can pile on top of those and make it impossible to provide for yourself and family.
With the help of one of our car accident lawyers from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, you’ll be able to recover what you’re owed financially. Once you get full and fair compensation, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today so we can get started on your claim as soon as possible.