After you’ve been involved in an auto accident, don’t ignore the minor aches and pains. You may think you’re not seriously injured or it may seem like too much trouble or that you’ll gain very little by taking action. If you are having back pain after a car accident it may take weeks and even months for the true injury to surface. Here are a few examples of serious back injuries.
- Herniated and bulging discs. The 23 discs in your vertebrae sit between 24 vertebrae. Trauma can cause one or more of these to bulge or be herniated and it can take some time to be noticeable depending on the severity of impact.
- Dislocation fractures. This is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident. When one or more vertebrae fracture, the soft tissues move into the damaged area.
- Soft tissue bruising and tearing. During a car accident, a number of muscles, tissue ligaments, and tendons can suddenly break or stretch. This type of back injury can cause excruciating pain, affecting thousands of nerve endings.
- Axial bursts. If you were in an accident that caused a big impact, multiple vertebrae in your lumbar and cervical regions might have disintegrated.
- Compression fractures. A trauma can compress the front part of your spine and vertebrae.
Those are just some of the back injuries you can suffer in a vehicle accident. There are at least four reasons you should see a doctor immediately after an accident, especially if you have some back pain or have suffered other injuries:
- A doctor can begin to treat your injuries immediately, if he sees you. Don’t avoid treatment. Any conditions or injuries will worsen.
- If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence, you need to prove the car accident caused your injuries. You should especially consider this if you have pre-existing conditions.
- If you are considering legal action, an experienced attorney will be better able to focus on helping you get your life back, if you have been to the doctor.
- If you wait a long time after the accident before seeing a doctor, you may greatly lessen the amount of damages you can recover from the driver who was at fault.
A competent, skilled attorney can help you decide your rights under Massachusetts law. The statute of limitations law gives three years to file a suit after an accident. An experienced attorney will explain the comparative fault law, which is a factor in the amount of damages you can receive after an accident, depending on whether you might have any blame in the accident.
If you’ve been injured in auto accident call us to discuss your case and damages.