Auto accidents put our bodies in states of sudden motion that can easily lead to injuries ranging from minor to severe. One of the most common injuries resulting from car and other motor accidents is back pain. The pain may come on suddenly directly following the accident or it can show up or worsen in the days to weeks after an accident has occurred.
Either way, back pain from a collision should not be ignored or underestimated. It can be debilitating, not to mention costly. If you were a victim in a car accident that left you with back pain, you’re likely entitled to financial recovery for your pain. A back injury lawyer can help you.
What causes back pain after an auto accident?
When you’re in an auto accident, risks of back injuries are high—especially involving the neck and lower back. These areas of sensitive to the intense force and sudden movement you experience during a car accident.
When your vehicle crashes into something, or another car crashes into yours, the force causes your body and everything in the vehicle to move in that direction. However, you then eventually hit something in the vehicle like your seat belt, dashboard, or car door that stops the movement. When this happens, it can puts large amounts of pressure on your back and neck—leading to different degrees of back pain and injury.
Whiplash is the most frequent injury resulting from this forceful motion, and it can easily result in injuries to the spine and back. Often it leads to discogenic pain caused by damage to the spinal discs—the pieces of cartilage that cushion the area between each bone in the spine. Common back injuries related to this that cause pain include:
- Spinal stenosis: A bone fragment or ruptured disc resulting from an auto accident can get into the spinal canal and put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
- Lumbar sprains: Trauma to the back caused by excessive force from an auto accident or other activity can stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back and cause a sprain. Since these types of injuries aren’t viewable with imaging tests, you’ll need to see a doctor who can diagnose you.
- Degenerative spinal disorders: These disorders can go by many names and all result from the spine or areas of the spine breaking down. Usually, this happens as the body ages, but an accident can lead to these injuries as well.
- Herniated discs: An accident can cause the inner filling of a spinal disc to rupture through the outer casing and touch surrounding nerves, resulting in pain.
What should I do if I have back pain from being in an accident?
Back pain from an auto accident can be painful, frustrating, and debilitating. If you suspect any back pain was caused by an accident, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Back injuries, or at least the extent of their severity, are not always immediately obvious. Get checked out right away so you can get the medical attention you need. Your doctor might need to perform imaging tests to determine your injuries and prescribe a treatment plan. This will also create a medical record of your injury when you see the doctor.
Also, be sure to document any visible injuries after the accident. Keep track of:
- doctor visits
- medical bills
- time taken off of work for your injuries and treatment
- and any other expenses related to the accident.
Also, take pictures and write down any changes in your pain levels. The more about your injury you have on record, the more evidence you’ll have of your damages when pursuing financial recovery for the injuries—especially if the other party was at fault for the accident. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
We also recommend speaking with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. They can help you compile evidence to fight for damages you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. They’ll also advocate for you when faced with insurance companies who will more than likely try to offer you much less than you need and deserve to cover your expenses.
If you’ve been injured and are suffering back pain as the result of an injury, our attorneys at John Foy & Associates can help. For over 20 years, we’ve been assisting car accident victims with injuries get what they need to recover and move on from unfortunate accidents. And we’ll offer you a FREE consultation to speak with us about what happened to you and how we can help. Call us today at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right for your FREE consultation.