The Second Part of Our Discussion about Neck and Back Injuries
This is the conclusion of our two-installment blog post discussing neck and back injuries suffered in Georgia car accidents. While the first installment of this blog post focused on whiplash and neck or back sprain injuries, this post discusses some of the factors that determine recovery time from these debilitating types of injuries. We also discuss the more severe consequences of suffering a spinal disc injury in this blog post. If you have other questions about your legal rights and remedies for neck and back injuries suffered in an auto accident, you are welcome to contact us to schedule your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick & Associates.
The time involved in recovery from a neck or back injury depends on a number of factors that include the following:
- The seriousness of the injury and severity of the harm suffered by the victim;
- The intensity of the impact and type of motion experienced by the victim during the accident;
- Seatbelt use – although seatbelts often limit the injuries suffered by vehicle occupants in a car crash, there are injuries that may be worsened by a seatbelt;
- Any pre-existing injuries that the person had experienced;
- The height and position of any head rests – an improperly positioned head rest can significantly increase the severity of the injuries that are suffered;
- The length of time between the accident and seeking medical attention;
- The strength and size of the accident victim's cervical musculature;
- The mass, weight, and velocity of the vehicles involved in the crash and the resulting forces generated by the collision – a crash involving a commercial truck may lead to far greater impact forces;
- Ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy and the individual's commitment to the necessary activities; and
- The age, health, and physical condition of the accident victim.
A sprain or strain of the back occurs when the ligaments are stretched so that they exceed their maximum range of motion and can result in a tear. These injuries of the back often result in excruciating pain and debilitating spasms. The experienced Atlanta Neck and Back Injury Attorneys at Montlick & Associates work hard to help shield clients from insurance companies that are simply trying to save money and deny injury victims the compensation that they deserve for neck and back sprain injuries.
Herniated Disc Injuries – Atlanta Motor Vehicle Collisions
Much more serious and debilitating back injuries involve herniated disc injuries, which are common in serious automobile accidents, especially when one vehicle rear-ends another or there is a chain reaction collision. The stress of the impact on an auto accident victim's spinal column often results in an injury to a segment of the spine that separates the back bones or vertebrae, which commonly are referred to as discs. This type of injury causes the disc to shift out of alignment or involves a rupture of the surface of the disk, resulting in pressure being placed on nerves surrounding the rupture or bulge. Spinal injuries that involve damage to the discs sometimes are called ruptured or slipped discs. The intrusion of the discs into the spinal channel lead to pressure on the spinal nerves, which may cause severe back, neck, and leg pain, as well as other medical conditions that may require a specialist to diagnose the connection between the accident and the subsequent harm. If you experience sharp pain in any of these parts of your body after an automobile accident, it is important to seek immediate medical care.
Back injuries caused by slipped discs can have severe permanent effects and result in a lifetime of pain, as well as limitations on employment and daily activities, including time spent with family and friends. The promptness of medical treatment can have a significant impact on the seriousness of one's injuries and impact the time required for recovery. A doctor may use an array of diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, or CT scans that can provide critical evidence of the severity and nature of the injuries suffered in an auto accident. These diagnostic tests often can be employed to counter common allegations by an insurance company that an injury victim is malingering or exaggerating injuries.
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