Introduction to Back Injury Cases Related to Auto Accidents
Due to their dramatic nature, car accidents often make the news and headlines across Illinois and the country. However, their frequency now nearly rivals their theatrics because they are occurring in greater and greater numbers.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has handled many Illinois car accidents with a variety of injury and damages types-property, bodily, economic, and others. Yet, one consistent injury that victims of automobile accidents suffer is back pain. Therefore, we assembled these pages to give you some perspective on typical back pain injuries as well as what you can do following one- how to obtain maximum recovery and what recovery is possible!
Back Injuries and Car Accidents
With respect to car accidents, back injuries tend to involve either a herniated disc or a spinal cord injury. This section of the Illinois Car Accident Center focuses on spinal cord injuries. For herniated disk injuries, click here.
The spinal cord is the highway for the human body, providing motor and sensory-nerve functions. Its core structure is composed of bones but it is also comprised of tissues, ligaments, nerves, and other critical components. Three layers of meninges surround and buffer the internal canal: dura matter, arachnoid matter, and pia matter.
The space between all of these layers holds blood vessels, tissue, or fluids. The skeletal system of the spinal cord has 3 main segments. The uppermost portion (7 vertebrae) are the Cervical vertebrae; the middle portion (12 vertebrae) are the Thoracic vertebrae; and the lower portion (5 vertebrae) are the Lumbar vertebrae. The cord also contains the Sacrum and Coccyx sections beneath the Lumbar region. The following diagram displays the arrangement of the human spinal cord.
Injuries to the spinal cord in car accident typically occur after trauma at high velocities cause either a sprain, strain, or compression fracture. Generally, damage to the Thoracic region of the spine is the most serious compared to the other two regions. However, any injury might involve a rise in bruising and pain, decrease in range of motion and feeling, and even partial or total numbness.
The practical problem with many spinal cord injuries is that sometimes they do not present themselves until well after the accident. Therefore, many victims do not know the extent or kind of recovery that is possible or how to go about achieving it. Here are some facts regarding back injuries in car accidents.
Back Injury Statistics
- Almost half of a million people every year receive or currently have a spinal cord injury, and a little more than one-third of those stem from car accidents.
- The human body can sustain a spinal injury at speeds of only 5 miles per hour.
- People who experience spinal cord injuries can be up to 5 times more likely to die prematurely than those without a spinal cord injury.
- The majority of spinal cord injury victims are male and under the age of 30.
- Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include sports, falls, and fighting.
- Nearly half of all spinal cord injury victims do not have private insurance at the time of the accident. This is significant because these injuries often require months of hospital stays and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment.
Further Back Injury Resources
Here are some resources to help you understand what recovery might be possible if you have a back injury following a car accident: