Car Accidents and Back Injuries
Car accidents can cause many different types of injuries to virtually any part of the body, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crash and the severity of the impact. Back injuries can cause long lasting, debilitating pain and limit mobility, and sometimes do not show up for several days or weeks after a car accident.
Lower Back Injuries
The lower back is the most common site for back injuries, including:
- Sprains, the stretching or tearing of a ligament
- Strains, an injury to a muscle or tendon that supports the spine
- Herniated discs, also known as slipped or ruptured discs, that are broken or deformed and lose their ability to protect the vertebrae from one another and give the spine flexibility
- Fractured vertebrae, when the individual bones of the spine become compressed because of trauma
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord links the brain to the rest of the body and, when healthy, carries messages that facilitate motor control and sensory function. A spinal cord injury occurs when the impact of a car accident causes injury to the spine and damages the bundle of nerves within it.
A spinal cord injury can impair the brain’s ability to communicate with the body and result in paralysis, either complete (total numbness and paralysis in the affected part of the body), or incomplete, meaning that some sensation or movement remains.
Contact Our Back Injury Law Firm Today
If you sustained some type of back injury in a car accident, contact the experienced Charlotte, North Carolina, personal injury attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to set up your free initial case evaluation today.