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 of serious accidents is rising in greater and greater numbers.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has handled many Illinois car accidents with various injuries and damages including property and economic losses. Most victims of car and truck accidents experience excruciating back pain. Therefore, we assembled these pages to give you some perspective on typical back pain injuries and what you can do after the accident to ensure you obtain maximum recovery and full recovery when possible!
Back Injuries and Car Accidents
Back injuries caused by car accidents 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 an electric highway of nerves that control the human body. It provides 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 spinal canal including dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater.
The space between all of these layers envelops blood vessels, tissue, and fluids. The skeletal system of the spinal cord has three main segments. The uppermost portion (7 vertebrae) of the spine involves the Cervical vertebrae; the middle portion (12 vertebrae) involves the Thoracic vertebrae, and the lower portion (5 vertebrae) involves 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 excessive bruising and pain, a decreased range of motion and feeling and, sometimes, partial or total numbness.
Sometimes, spinal cord injuries do not present themselves until well after the accident. Therefore, many victims do not know the extent or type of recovery that is possible or if it can heal on its own or require invasive intervention. 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 are caused by car accidents.
- The human body can sustain a spinal injury at speeds as low as 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: