6 Common Neck & Back Injuries
Injuries to the neck and back can be serious. They often go unnoticed until days, weeks, or even months after an accident. Spinal trauma typically results in the loss of function or feeling in parts of the body that you may think are unrelated to your back injury. If you have been in an incident in which you were affected by another person or company’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a cash settlement.
Here are several types of injuries to the neck and back that can seriously affect your quality of life:
Whiplash – An injury that affects the soft tissues of the neck and back. It is usually the result of the rapid back and forth motion of the head that victims of car accidents experience.
Herniated Disc – The discs of the spine are made up of a soft, jelly substance within a tougher, fibrous exterior. If that soft gel leaks or bulges through the exterior, contact with the surrounding nerves can result in pain, weakness, and numbness in the legs, arms, and neck.
Cervical Dislocation – The result of one of the vertebrae of the neck moving out of its intended place. This creates an instability within the spine that results in pain. A dislocation can be the result of a fracture, and can damage the spinal cord itself.
Facet Injuries – Facet joints allow the spine to twist and turn while keeping the range of motion within normal human standards. An injury to these joints can force the back out of alignment and affect the nerves and muscles that surround it. This can lead to pain, muscles spasms, and joint freezing.
Brown-Sequard syndrome – This is an injury to one side of the spinal cord or the other. The uneven damage can cause symptoms to be different on different sides of the body. As a result, these types of injuries can come in wildly different levels of severity.
Tetraplegia – Also referred to as quadriplegia. The paralysis occurs in different body parts below the injury, and can lead to problems with functions as crucial as bladder and bowel control, and even the ability to breathe.
A thorough diagnosis is imperative in establishing the best possible case; visiting a doctor so that he or she can evaluate your symptoms, movement & blood to see what part of your body has sustained noticeable injury can have a big effect on your settlement.
We specialize in helping clients obtain compensation for these and countless other damages they have suffered at the hands of another’s negligence. Our firm has experience with all types of personal injury cases. Call 702.384.9800 for a free consultation, today.