It takes just one negligent or distracted driver to cause an accident that changes your life forever. While all types of injuries can occur in a Florida car accident, some of the most common include neck and back injuries.
Experiencing neck or back pain after being involved in a car accident in Daytona Beach isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, it can cause all types of issues in your life. It may impact your ability to move well and enjoy activities you once did, making it impossible to work.
If the accident that caused your neck and back pain was someone else’s fault, you have the right to recover compensation. Our team at Zimmet and Zimmet is here to help each step of the way.
Causes of Neck and Back Injuries in a Car Accident
The force of a car accident can cause serious damage to your back and neck. These accidents are the primary cause of neck injuries that may cause long-term pain and suffering and extensive costs to you (the victim) and their families.
If a car collides with something or something hits your vehicle, the inertia of the force will result in everything inside the car – including you and other passengers – moving in that direction. In this case, there’s only so much room to move. The dashboard, car door, seat belt, or another object will stop the forward momentum. Sometimes, the force can result in a lot of pressure on the back and neck.
The jerking motion that occurs is like the action of a whip. Because of this, it’s called whiplash. Whiplash can cause several injuries to your spine. It can also cause pain in the lower back and neck after an accident.
Not only are whiplash injuries common, but they can also be debilitating. In fact, they can make it impossible to work, limit your mobility, can cause other issues.
Discogenic pain is a term used to describe spinal discs. These are round pieces of cartilage that serve as a type of cushion between the bones in your spine. They provide stability and movement. If one or several spinal discs are damaged, the pain you experience is often significant.
The pain begins as the spinal discs start to deteriorate over time or because of acute trauma, which is common in car accidents. If the pain occurs because of a car accident, it will likely be in the lower back region.
Some of the most common types of injuries that will result in lower back pain include:
- Degenerative spinal disorders
- Lumbar sprains
- Disc herniation
- Spinal stenosis
Degenerative Spinal Disorders
This term describes several symptoms and injuries that relate to the spine or parts of the spine breaking down as you age. It can include many different types of pain, conditions, or injuries.
This type of injury can occur if excessive force is placed on the back, resulting in a motor vehicle accident. This type of trauma will cause your back’s tendons, muscles, and ligaments to over-stretch.
A common injury to the cushion-style discs that separate your vertebrae is called a disc herniation. It will occur if the inside filling of the disc starts to protrude out of the outer casing. Pain is felt if the protruding material contacts the nearby nerves.
Stenosis in the medical community refers to when a body channel narrows. With spinal stenosis, it means the bone channel that holds your spinal cord and nerves has narrowed. It can occur naturally as you age and by trauma in a car accident.
In this situation, a bone fragment or ruptured disc invades your spinal canal space and puts pressure on the cord or nerves, which causes pain.
Having Your Car Accident Caused Back and Neck Pain Diagnosed
After being involved in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical care right away. There are a few reasons for this. First, a doctor can run tests to determine what type of injuries you sustained. Remember, back, and neck pain may not be evident right after you are in an accident, so being evaluated by a doctor is recommended.
Also, when you go to a doctor, they provide documentation of the injury and when you had it treated, which can be beneficial if you seek an accident claim down the road.
Contact Our Legal Team for Help with Your Car Accident
Do you need help with your car accident claim? If so, our team is here to help. Get in touch with our Daytona Beach car accident lawyers and schedule a free consultation. You can feel confident that our team will fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.