Neck & Back Injuries Are Common Following An Auto Accident


Some of the most common injuries following an auto accident occur to a victim’s neck and/or back. Both are complex parts of the body comprised of an array of bones, ligaments, muscles and tissues.

A sudden impact to those areas can lead to serious and sometimes permanent damage.

Based on how serious the injury is, surgery, physical therapy, or other costly efforts may be needed to help return a victim to some sense of normalcy. The recovery process may require treatment for weeks, months or even years.

Some of the more common types of back and neck injuries include:

  • Spinal cord damage: The spinal cord connects your brain to the rest of your body. Injuries following an auto can accident can lead to severe orthopedic issues including paralysis. Permanent injuries can occur if the spinal cord is severed.
  • Broken vertebrae: Your spinal column is made up of sturdy bones that protect your spinal cord and help you stand upright. Bones fractures from a serious auto accident are common in this area and the resulting injuries may require bracing, surgeries, and medication.
  • Herniated discs: Your discs are shock absorbers that let your back move smoothly and comfortably. When a disc tears or deforms, its soft insides can press on the nerves in your back and neck, causing severe pain. While some herniated discs resolve on their own, many require surgery, injections, physical therapy, and chronic pain management. Bulging discs are also extremely painful and often require ongoing therapy or treatment as well.
  • Slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis): Bones that comprise your spinal column can get pushed out of place following an accident. While you may not even notice a minor slippage, a severe slipped vertebra can press on nerves and tissues, requiring surgery.
  • Pinched nerves: Herniated discs, swelling, slipped vertebrae, and other injuries can pinch the nerves that branch off your spinal cord. A pinched nerve can cause numbness, shooting pain, and weakness. Sometimes, pinched nerves require injection therapy, nerve blocks, or surgery.
  • Sprains and strains: Even an auto accident not deemed serious can cause tiny tears and swelling in the muscles and ligaments in your neck and back. These tears can cause significant pain, but they typically resolve with time, rest, and medication.
  • Whiplash: This is a type of sprain or strain that occurs when your neck jerks back and forth during an auto accident, damaging the tissues.
  • Degenerative changes: Trauma can speed up degenerative changes or arthritis in your back, which can cause pain and limit your movement.

If your back or neck injury caused by an auto accident is serious enough, you may need to see specialists, surgeons, and physical therapists. Severe injuries may require in-home assistance from a home care agency. Other ongoing medical bills may include.

  • Diagnostic studies like MRIs, CT scans, and EMGs
  • Surgeries such as fusions, discectomies, and laminectomies
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections to reduce swelling and pain
  • Back and neck braces
  • Medication and pain management services
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices

When Lawrence Kajy and the team of attorneys at Kajy Law work with a client who’s suffered neck and back injuries, they will develop a game plan to help clients get what is owed to them following an auto, truck or motorcycle accident. The goal for the team at Kajy Law is to ensure that any required medical care, including future treatment, is included in all settlement calculations.

Contact Lawrence Kajy and the team at Kajy Law if you or someone you know has recently been injured because of an auto accident. We’ll get started on your case right away!

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