Car Accident Back Injury Statistics

Back Injury Car Accident In a mere matter of moments, a car accident can change our lives permanently and force us to adapt to an entirely new lifestyle tailored to our new limitations. Back injuries can be especially debilitating and painful due to the importance that the spine plays in relaying impulses between our extremities and brain. The Chicago car accident injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand the physical, emotional and financial toll that back injuries can have on you and your family. Our law firm works to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to preserve your dignity and afford a reasonable quality of life as you move forward.

The Causes of Back and Spine Injuries during Car Accidents

The laws of physics played heavily in how your spinal injury occurred during the car accident and involved you experiencing rapid changes in direction and velocity. Most car accidents cause the victim's back and spine to move forward very quickly by direct or kinetic momentum before the sudden stop caused by a seatbelt, airbag or collision when the body snapped back in the opposite direction. This whip-like motion likely compressed the spine and ruptured discs in the spine or caused herniated discs when they are thrown out of place.

It is also possible for blunt force trauma or contact with debris and sharp objects to break the bones comprising the vertebrae in the spine or to sever major nerves in charge of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. The impact of these injuries can be debilitating in a number of different ways, which include:

  • Injuries that cause chronic pain due to the exposure or compression of nerves. This often occurs with ruptured or herniated discs because the shock-absorbing fluid inside of the discs is no longer there to provide cushion and protection. Victims may never be able to enjoy some of the physical activities they once participated in due to the risk of flare ups or attacks that can cause excruciating pain.

  • Injuries that impact motor function. Pinched nerves and damaged discs can make it difficult for victims to maintain motor function. This is due to interruptions in the signals sent between the brain and the arms, hands, legs or feet. Some of these injuries result in the temporary loss of motor function while others can permanently affect mobility.

  • Injuries that affect cognitive function. Some damages to the upper spine may be accompanied by traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can cause complications due to the development of neurological disorders or damage to areas of the brain responsible for regulating memory, concentration, communication and motor function.

The Cost of Treating Back Injuries

While some injuries to the back and spine can be treated with a combination of steroidal medications and physical therapy, serious injuries often require expensive and risky surgical procedures to truly resolve the damage. In some cases, victims may need to endure multiple invasive procedures, with painful recovery periods in between.

The toll on those who suffer from paralysis is even greater. Not only do they need to concede to a life without mobility, but their families often must take on the burden of their care, which can be extremely expensive. The lifetime cost of caring for a paralyzed family member can reach over $4.5 million in the worst cases. The exorbitant cost of care is exacerbated by the fact that the victim may never be able to obtain employment again.

Rear-end collisions and lane departure accidents are the leading causes of back injuries. Cars are involved in almost 70% of all vehicle accidents where one of the people involved in the crash suffers an injury to the spine. Since some of these injuries worsen over time and present few initial symptoms, our Chicago car accident lawyers always advise that a crash victim undergo a medical examination following a car accident.

We are Happy to Help with Your Car Accident Claim

If you have endured a back injury in a car accident, we understand the physical and emotional turmoil you may be experiencing. We also know that you may have a long list of questions about your rights and the legal process you need to follow to recover the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have helped thousands of clients in your position and would like to invite you to have your case evaluated free of charge.

Our award-winning Chicago car accident attorneys will fight the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you have the best possible chance of securing the maximum amount of compensation allowed under law. Contact us today to arrange your free consultation so that we can collect all of the information we need to investigate the details of your claim.

Here is some more general information regarding back injuries and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:

  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 68%
  • 22%
  • 2%
  • 6%
  • 2%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:

  • 18%
  • 73%
  • 6%
  • 1%
  • 2%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES):

California

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
27%
39%
7%
7%
10%
3%
3%
2%
2%

Florida

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
34%
30%
10%
6%
12%
4%
1%
2%
1%

Missouri

Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
24%
62%
5%
2%
3%
1%
1%
1%
1%

New York

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
34%
13%
10%
8%
12%
6%
10%
5%
2%

Washington

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
13%
68%
5%
7%
4%
2%
1%
0%
0%

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