Neck And Back Pain After Car Accident

Neck And Back Pain After Car Accident

Neck or back pain can greatly limit the quality of your life. Many people start experiencing such symptoms after serious accidents. The pain sometimes goes away but there are people that have to live with permanent neck or back pain. There are different types of neck and back injuries that can occur in car accidents. Your car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for any type of neck pain that is related to an accident caused by a negligent party.

Whiplash Injuries Caused By Car Accidents

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries and it normally occurs in rear-end collisions. The reason for this is that rear-end collisions normally cause violent and rapid back and forth movement of the neck. This kind of movement is unnatural and can cause tendons and ligaments in your neck to stretch abnormally and tear. 

woman with injured neck from car accidentHow Long Does Whiplash Last?

People tend to start experiencing neck pain and other pain 24 hours or even several days after an accident probably because of adrenaline rush. This is one of the reasons why you should seek treatment after a car accident even if you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Your doctor can find the damage in your neck and recommend immediate treatment to help you avoid serious complications later.  Some common symptoms of whiplash injuries include the following:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Throat pain
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the neck or shoulder
  • Headaches that seem to emanate from the base of your skull
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in your ears

Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents

The most common type of back injury caused by car accidents is a slipped or herniated disc injury. A herniated disc injury occurs when the soft tissue between the bones in your spine slips out. It is extremely painful because the slipped tissue adds pressure on nerves. In most cases, a slipped disc may resolve itself within six weeks with the help of therapy and over the counter pain medication. However, some people have to undergo surgery to ease pain caused by a slipped disc. Some symptoms of a slipped disc include:

  • Pain that gets worse at night or after you make certain movements
  • Unexplained muscle weakness
  • Numbness and pain mostly on one side of the body
  • Pain in your arms and legs
  • Aching, burning, or tingling sensation  the area where the disc slipped

People experience pain caused by herniated discs differently, which means that you have to see a doctor to determine whether you have a herniated disc injury.

Compensation For A Slipped Disc Injury

If you experienced a slipped disc because of an accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation. Your lawyer will help you calculate the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident can provide evidence that can help you obtain a sizeable settlement amount that can cover damages related to your accident.