Research shows roughly 3 million people suffer serious injuries in automobile
accidents every year, and more than 90 people are killed in automobile
crashes every day. While car accidents can lead to a wide range of mild,
moderate, and severe injuries, some of the most common varieties are
Back injuries come in many forms, including spinal cord injuries,
herniated discs, and lumbar spine injuries. In most cases, spinal cord injuries are the
most serious type of back injury and often result in full or partial paralysis.
A spinal cord injury occurs when the nerves along the spinal column are
bruised or damaged.
In many cases, victims of severe spinal cord injuries are at risk of secondary
medical conditions, such as:
- Blood Clots
- Internal Bleeding
- Spinal Fluid Leaks
- Infections from Surgery
Herniated disc injuries happen when the rubbery substance between the bones
in the back pinch a nerve or slip out of place. Pain, muscle weakness,
and numbness in the hands and feet indicate a herniated disc injury. In
many cases, the damaged disc presses against the surrounding nerves of
the spinal cord, causing additional discomfort and potential complications.
The “lumbar spine” is a section of vertebrae primarily responsible
for stabilizing the back and spinal cord. While lumbar spine injuries
are not usually permanent, they can lead to pain and influence your ability
to work and perform basic tasks while you recover.
Identifying a lumbar spine injury:
- Excessive pain or pressure in the neck, back, or head
- Numbness or paralysis (can affect any part of the body)
- Loss of sensation (ability to feel cold / heat)
- Breathing difficulty (including coughing attacks)
If You Injured Your Back, Now is the Time to See a Doctor
If you suspect your car accident led to a back injury, speak to a doctor
now. In some cases, serious back injuries are not immediately apparent.
Numbness, for example, may occur gradually if internal bleeding is a factor.
Even if you feel “fine” after an accident, speak with a medical
professional to make sure you haven’t suffered undiscovered injuries.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Detroit
The sooner you
call Goodman Acker P.C., the sooner we can help you seek compensation for your injury. If someone
else’s negligence or carelessness caused your accident, speak with
a member of our legal team today. We provide
free case reviews, so call us at (248) 793-2010 to schedule yours.