Because the back accounts for such a large portion of the body and because it is made up of so many different parts, the back can be injured in a wide variety of ways. Because the back is key to mobility, an injury to the back can be devastating.
If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury in a car crash, the Texas car accident attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are here to help. Our personal injury attorneys assist people in Tyler, Longview, all of East Texas and across the nation in car accident lawsuits involving back injuries.
If you have suffered a back injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you need the experienced personal injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts on your side. Contact us now at 903-597-6000 or fill out our online form. The call costs you nothing… It could mean everything.
Common Types of Back Injuries from Car Crashes
Many different types of back injuries can occur as a result of an auto accident. When you are involved in a crash, the energy from the impact is transferred from the car to your body. The force of the impact can cause damage to your back, and your back can also be hurt by being twisted or pushed into unnatural positions. In many cases, car accident victims may also be thrown forward or even thrown from the vehicle, also causing or exacerbating back injuries.
The severity of a back injury generally depends on what type of crash you were in, how quickly the vehicles were going, whether you were wearing a seatbelt, how large the other vehicle was and how much protection your vehicle provided. Certain back injuries are common in car accident cases. These include:
- Soft tissue injuries -- “Soft tissue” refers to the ligaments, muscles and joints in the back. When these tissues are stretched or suffer a forceful impact, damage can occur. The most well-known soft tissue injury is whiplash, which affects the neck, but the soft tissues of the back can be harmed in a car crash as well. This often results in significant pain that can be chronic.
- Lumbar strains -- A lumbar strain occurs when the muscles or the tendons of the back are stretched beyond what is natural. Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect the bones and muscles. When the tendons or muscles are overly stretched, significant pain and impaired mobility can result. Lumbar strains are sometimes grouped with soft tissue injuries.
- Lumbar sprains -- A lumbar or back sprain occurs when the ligaments in the back stretch beyond what is natural. Ligaments are fibrous tissues connecting the bones to each other or to the joints. Like strains, sprains are a form of soft tissue injury. Commonly, strains and sprains occur together.
- Compression fractures -- Compression fractures are tiny cracks that develop in the bones of the spine. Eventually, these tiny cracks can cause the vertebrae to become deformed or collapsed. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing and significant pain, and approximately two-thirds of such fractures are not properly diagnosed.
- Lumbar vertebral fractures -- The lumbar spine is the lower back and the lumbar vertebrae are the bones found within the lower back. A car accident can break these bones in a variety of different ways. Compression fractures in the lumbar vertebrae are one type of fracture, but you may also experience a flexicon fracture, an extension fracture or a rotation fracture. An extension fracture occurs when the vertebrae are pulled apart, which is common in a head-on crash. A flexicon fracture, on the other hand, involves the front of the vertebrae breaking and losing height, but the back part staying stable. Finally, a rotation fracture is rare and usually results from excessive bending
- Thoracic vertebral fractures -- Thoracic fractures are fractures that occur in the mid-back. Like lumbar fractures, there are different types including flexicon, compression, extension and rotation fractures.
- Herniated discs -- In the back, small and spongy discs cushion the bones of the vertebrae (the bones that make up the spine). A herniated disc occurs when a disc bulges or breaks. Herniated discs are also called slipped discs, ruptured discs or bulging discs. When a herniated disc puts pressure on the roots of the nerve, you may experience pain, numbness or weakness. Herniated discs can occur anywhere along the back.
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The treatment of back injuries vary, but could involve physical therapy, surgery, pain medications, muscle relaxants, chiropractic care, the use of adaptive devices, hospital stays and a whole host of other medical interventions. A back injury could require you to rest for a lengthy recovery period, causing you to miss work or limit your duties. In some cases, a back injury may make it impossible for you to go back to the job you had prior to the accident.
The back injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts can help you get the compensation you deserve for your back injury if someone else was to blame for the accident. Most of the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law or civil trial law. That means you will have a legal specialist at your side providing help with your back injury claim.