If someone says they broke their arm or leg, you can easily envision how that injury looks. But, not all injuries are so cut and dried. There are several ways people can get hurt that are not visible to the naked eye, and there are also some types of injuries with differing levels of pain within one category. Neck and back injuries are one of these types of injuries, and if you have been in a car or truck accident it is vital to identify which type of neck or back injury you have suffered. The way your case is viewed by the insurance company, Judge or jury, and even what type of medical care you receive depend on the classification of neck or back injury sustained.
Five types of neck and back injury include:
- Whiplash: the sudden motion forward and then backward that is often experienced when you are hit by another car is referred to as whiplash. Whiplash can lead to other injuries, and as such should not be dismissed as non-existent or minor.
- Stiff neck: whiplash can cause the neck muscles to stiffen, and this can make it hard to turn your head from side to side. Left untreated, a victim of stiff neck can experience difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or enjoying their daily activities.
- Herniated disc: when the soft tissue that is in between the discs that make up your spinal column are pushed outward, the disc is said to be herniated. This can happen when sudden stress is placed on your joints, and can be an injury suffered in a car accident.
- Nerve damage: this can be a byproduct of whiplash, and is caused when the head and neck are sent in an opposition direction of the shoulders and back, at the same time. This can happen in a car accident when the car you are in strikes another car, and then lurches in a different direction. The sudden change in which way your body is being thrown creates the whiplash that can lead to damage to your nerves.
- Fractures: fractures are breaks in the bones that make up your spinal cord, which runs from your neck to your lower back. Sudden jolts, head on collisions and sharp impacts with other objects commonly result in neck and back fractures.
This list is not all inclusive, as there are many other ways in which you can experience a neck or back injury. If you have been in an accident caused by the negligent of another person, you are entitled to recover for your damages and injuries. We can help.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.