Automobile accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, resulting in 38 percent of all spinal cord injuries since 2010. The lifetime costs of such injuries run into the tens of thousands of dollars per year, and more than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries on an annual basis. Health care and litigation costs run more than $29 billion every year.
Three types of spinal injuries are defined by the location on the spine of the injury:
Upper spine or neck injuries are a frequent result of automobile accidents, especially rear-end collisions. Because the central and lower spine are protected by the seats and seatbelts, the upper spine is more vulnerable. Symptoms in the upper part of the body, such as your shoulders, arms, and hands, are a sign of a cervical injury, potentially including a disc herniation. Herniated discs also commonly occur in the lumbar spine, or lower back. A herniated disc in the lumbar spine generally affects your lower extremities, including your legs.
Herniated discs generally result from gradual deterioration due to repetitive spine stress. While automobile accidents are a less common cause of herniated discs, an already degenerating disc can become herniated as a result of a traffic accident.
Federal studies show that, while spinal injuries constitute a small fraction of automobile accident injuries, spinal cord injuries are in general more severe and have the potential to be permanently disabling, with accompanying negative impacts on the patient’s financial situation and quality of life. Patients, therefore, should seek assistance to ensure they do not bear the potential costs alone.
Aside from injuries directly affecting the spine, car accident victims can suffer many other painful and often debilitating neck and back injuries, including:
Many neck and back injuries can require a significant amount of physical therapy, doctor visits, or even surgeries. These injuries can also keep accident victims from working for a period of time.
If your injury in a Connecticut auto accident results in a spinal injury or another type of neck or back injury, you should seek legal help to explore your compensation options. Take advantage of a free case evaluation with a car accident law firm to learn about your legal rights and options. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant can help, so please contact us at (203) 348-2465 or through our online contact form.