It can be difficult to know when you have a viable back injury lawsuit after car crash. While the success of your suit will ultimately depend on the facts of your case, compensable injuries are generally those that require expensive treatment, cause you to miss work, result in your inability to do your job—or any other job—and cause a permanent change in bodily function or quality of life.
Understanding the Severity of Your Back Injury
The first step in your case is to assess the severity of your back injury. If your injury costs were covered by your medical insurance and you have no further complications, you may not need to file a lawsuit. However, if you are considering surgery or are permanently altered as a result of the crash, you will likely need additional funds for ongoing medical costs.
Here are a few common back injuries that may require surgery after a Missouri car accident:
- Spinal fractures – Just like any other bones in the body, the vertebrae may be broken in a car crash. In many cases, victims will suffer compression fractures: Tiny cracks in the bones of the spine that may not be detected after the accident, but will cause the vertebrae to collapse and degrade over time. Victims may suffer pain, breathing problems, and permanent curvature of the spine.
- Herniated discs – The bones of the vertebrae are separated by soft cushions called discs. These discs may slip out of alignment, or herniate, in the force of a car accident, placing pressure on the spinal cord. A herniated disc can cause intense pain, nerve damage, and numbness in the lower extremities.
- Spinal cord injury – The most serious category of back injury is trauma to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can result in loss of feeling in the extremities, but can also cause total paralysis and the inability to control breathing and regulate body temperature. It is not uncommon for spinal cord injury victims to suffer secondary medical conditions, such as infections, blood clots, pneumonia, and premature death.
You should remember that every back injury is different, and that each patient will heal at his own rate. As you take further steps in your recovery, you may want to visit our case results page to find out how we have been able to help back injury victims in the past, or download our free e-book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.