The back and the neck are the two parts of the body that are most commonly injured in car accidents. Unfortunately, damage to these areas can result in severe trauma to the spinal cord, sometimes leaving the victim with long-lasting health problems. According to an article from Chirotrust, between 40-70% of whiplash victims continue experiencing symptoms of trauma even a decade after the accident.
When the head and the trunk of your body move forcefully in opposite directions, this sometimes results in whiplash. It is extremely common in rear-end car accidents when the body is unexpectedly jolted forward but the head snaps back. The neck, caught between these two oppositely moving parts, experiences extreme stress and is subject to injury. Additionally, when your head is jolted like this, your brain might collide with your skull, causing contusions or a TBI.
When ligaments are torn from their attachments in the lower back, this results in lumbar sprains. Lumbar sprains and strains are the most common cause of chronic back pain because the lower back aids in moving, bending, stretching, and twisting, and often occur because of overuse. But when the lower back is impacted during a car accident, a lumbar sprain can occur instantaneously, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. A doctor may prescribe pain medication and physical therapy to treat the sprain.
Discs are like soft cushions between the bones that form the spinal cord. They act as shock absorbers for your back and are encased in a hardened outer layer called the annulus. When the inner disc pushes out of its hardened outside and into the spinal canal, this is considered a herniated disc. Herniated discs can cause severe pain because they press on spinal nerves and can be caused by a single severe strain on the back.
Contact a New York car accident lawyer
If you suffered neck or back injuries following a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to stand up for you and help you get the justice you’re owed. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.
One of the most common injuries following car or workplace accidents is a back injury. Back injuries often don’t manifest pain until days or weeks after the accident, so it can be hard to know whether you will need to file a claim immediately after an accident. Because of this, it is essential to keep a record of all the parties involved in your accident in case you need to build a case later.
Some common causes of back injuries:
- Construction accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
Back injuries aren’t always severe or life-threatening, but they can be substantial enough to file a claim if someone else’s negligence caused them. Some of the most common back injuries that people suffer are sprains, bulging or herniated discs, fractures, and damage to the spinal cord.
According to the Shepherd Center, 38% of spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents, while falls account for another 30% of them. Fractures to the spinal cord are the most dangerous of these injuries and require immediate medical attention. Nearly half of all spinal cord injuries are “complete,” according to the Shepherd Center, meaning they cause a complete loss of motor function and sensory feeling below the point of injury. So if a spinal cord injury goes unattended, it may result in paralysis.
Other long term effects of spinal cord injuries could include:
- Numbness and loss of sensation
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Loss of bladder control
- Reduced sexual functioning
- Muscle Spasms
- Breathing Problems
Contacting a personal injury attorney is the first step to claim damages to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and emotional distress. The expert attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have the experience and the determination to fight for fair compensation. Our track record includes $3,525,000 in compensation for a construction supervisor who fell off a ladder and injured his back. We also secured $2,200,000 for a man who suffered a back injury following a car accident.
If you or someone you love has suffered a back injury because of the negligence of another person or entity, contact our team today by calling (212) 779-0057.
Gates, NY (July 3, 2019) – At least minor injuries were reported to have occurred following a motor vehicle collision that took place on Highway 31 in the town of Gates. The accident happened on Wednesday morning, July 3rd, at 11:07 a.m. for reasons that are under investigation.
Potter, NY (February 18, 2019) – A man from Yates County has been hospitalized after a tree fell him while working on Saturday, February 16, according to authorities. Sheriff’s deputies reported that 54-year-old Darryl Lemay, of Naples, had been working to cut down trees on Northrup Hill Road when one of the trees fell and pinned him beneath it.
For individuals suffering from chronic back and leg pain, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator could be one way to find relief. These devices, implanted in the lower back, issue small electrical impulses that can help keep the brain from detecting pain in the legs and back. Learn more about these devices by clicking here.
Very often we have clients who injure their back in an accident. When they are sent for a diagnostic test such as an MRI, the radiologist who reads the films states that the person has a condition such as degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. These are conditions that develop over the course of time.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN OUR CLIENT DID NOT INJURE THEIR BACK IN THE ACCIDENT IN QUESTION!!!
People who defend lawsuits or the insurance companies that evaluate them will then defend the case by stating that the injured person has an injury that predated the accident. This is not the case.
People who have degenerative condtions in their spine are often injured more seriously when they are subjected to trauma. Often, people can have no symptoms but a degenerative condition that becomes symptomatic after a trauma. If you have had this type of problem, don’t hesitate to call the lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057. We have a long history of achieving significant results for people with degenerative conditions in their spine, so do not hesitate to contact us today.
By far, the most common injuries suffered by our clients are back injuries. In fact, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that lower back pain affects as much as 70% of the population of the United States, making this a highly relevant topic. As personal injury attorneys, it is vitally important for us to recognize and to fully understand the nature of various injuries, including of course, those to the spine. Injuries to the spine, generally referred to as ‘back injuries,’ encompass an enormous variety of conditions and ailments, including injuries to the neck, middle back, and lower back.
In a nutshell, the spine is divided into three parts: 1) ‘Cervical’, commonly referred to as the neck; 2) ‘Thoracic,’ which refers to the middle of your spine; and 3) ‘Lumbar,’ which refers to the lower portion of your spine ending at your coccyx, or tailbone. Within these three areas of the spine, the areas are divided further and referred to by numbers associated with specific vertebra (Cervical C1, C2; Thoracic T1, T2; Lumbar L1, L2, etc.). Because the spine is required to constantly move and bend in all directions, it cannot be one single, immobile piece of bone. Instead, the spine is comprised of individual bones similar in size and general shape to a tiny can of cat food. Between these bones (vertebra) are ‘discs,’ which I like to explain as being similar to a small balloon partially filled with fluid and surrounded by nerves. Now that you have a general picture of how the spine is constructed, it is easier to explain common forms of injuries associated with the spine.
What happens when the liquid filled ‘balloon-like’ disc is punctured? The rupturing of a disc is called a ‘herniation.’ Herniated discs are a common form of injury and can lead to a variety of immediate and future medical problems. Often, herniations are caused by a sudden trauma, or rapidly applied specific pressure to the discs or the vertebra immediately above and below that specific disc. It is important to note that when a trauma to the spine occurs, the pain is not always immediately felt. In fact, it is well-documented that pain from herniated discs may not be felt for days, weeks, and even months after the initial trauma.
Lets say, for example, that you were involved in a motor vehicle accident or a fall on a construction site and you herniated a lumbar disk. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and cannot believe your luck; you feel a little shaken, but not too bad. In the weeks following your accident, you begin to feel progressively worsening pain in your lower back. You may even feel numbness or tingling in your leg or legs (often described as the sensation of your leg ‘falling asleep’). The mechanics behind your progressively worsening condition is that once your disc is ruptured, it takes time for the fluid to leak out of your disc. Because your disc acts as a cushion between two bones (your vertebra), coupled with the fact that the disc is surrounded by nerve endings, as the fluid is depleted from your disc you will feel the bones rubbing or ‘impinging’ upon the nerves. This impingement of the nerves is what causes pain and often necessitates treatment.
An attorney who has a strong grasp of the medical issues involved with a back injury is a key to success for our clients. We have obtained a 3.5 million dollar settlement for a construction worker who was injured and had a spinal cord stimulator implanted in his spine, 1.45 million dollars for a woman who slipped and fell and required a surgical procedure known as a balloon kyphoplasty, 3.525 million dollars for a person who underwent a lumbar fusion, 3.475 million dollars for another client who had lumbar surgery, and a jury verdict of 2.1 million dollars for a person who aggravated a preexisting back injury as a result of an automobile accident.
The importance of not only understanding the current effects of your injury, but even more, understanding how that injury will affect you in the future, is a point that cannot be stressed enough. If you are represented by an attorney who does not understand the medical aspects of your injury and ensures only that you are compensated for your current condition as opposed to its long-term effects, you are not being adequately represented. It is crucial for your attorney to understand the impact and foreseeable consequences you will endure after your lawsuit is concluded.
If you or someone you love has suffered a back injury because of the negligence of another person or entity, contact the experienced attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.