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Injuries to the neck and back are very common in collisions.

Severe lacerations to the spinal cord can result in painful injury and even permanent damage.

What Is It?

The spine is not designed to withstand the violent impact of a motor vehicle accident. Even at low speeds, the vertebrae and spinal column can be injured, leaving victims with lingering pain. Neck and back injuries from a car crash can range from moderate to devastating.

Collisions often result in soft-tissue injuries like whiplash, bruising, back pain, and shoulder pain. These can take a while to appear, and can occur even after a minor accident, but usually have a reasonable recovery time.

Serious spinal injuries can take much longer to heal, and sometimes lead to lifelong discomfort. Herniated discs occur when the cushiony substance between vertebrae slips out of place; compression fractures are caused by a vertebrae crushing into itself. Both of these injuries can be very painful and can require surgery, extensive physiotherapy, or medication.

Severe spinal cord injuries are catastrophic injuries that can leave victims with lifelong, debilitating medical issues, or even paralysis.

What Causes It?

Speed and force are the most relevant factors in a motor vehicle collision. While the spine is usually reasonably protected by the seat and seatbelt, the direction and velocity of the impact can cause dramatically abnormal movement. When the body isn’t prepared to turn or flex, or when its momentum is suddenly stopped by a hard object (like a dashboard), it experiences injury.

What Is The Prognosis?

Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery from a spinal injury can take a few weeks or many years. In the worst cases, the damage is permanent. Rehabilitation can be costly, affecting your ability to work and to go about your daily life. The experts at Recovery Law Corporation can help you get the compensation you need to deal with the aftereffects of a spinal injury.

Return to Injuries

If you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of an accident, it’s important to have someone on your side who can ensure you have been appropriately compensated. The experts at Recovery Law Corporation are ready to help you. Contact us to set up an appointment, and we can get you on the road to recovery.

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