Some of the most common injuries which result from an automobile accident occur to the back and spine. These injuries may be minor, or may even result in permanent disability or paralysis. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of injuries to the spine, responsible for more than forty percent of spinal injuries each year.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, experienced Washington personal injury attorney Quinn Posner at the Posner Law Office, P.C. can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Back Injuries - What Does This Include?
Back injuries, and often neck injuries, are a common result of the sudden and violent impacts which occur in motor vehicle accidents. This includes rear end collisions where the upper back and neck are jolted without warning. While the spine is a sturdy structure for normal daily living, it can be exceedingly delicate in the context of high impact collisions.
Some common back injuries and their symptoms include:
- Spinal Fractures: Fractures of the spine such as compression fractures in the lumbar and thoracic spine (lower and middle back) occur as a result of the upper body being thrown forward while the lower portion of the body is held in place by the seat belt. The vertebrae may be pulled apart, resulting in symptoms such as severe back pain, numbness, loss of bowel control, and mild to total paralysis.
- Disc Herniation: The spinal discs exist between the individual vertebrae in the spinal column and are designed to absorb impacts to the spine, such as from running or jumping. A disc can herniate from the extreme impact of an accident. Herniation occurs when the discs soft center pushes through the small cracks in the disc's exterior, causing pain to the surrounding nerve endings. Symptoms include leg pain, back pain, numbness, and weakness.
- Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when the vertebrae shift due to a stress fracture in the surrounding bone. This causes pressure on the nerves and possible narrowing of the spinal canal. Symptoms include pain, weakness in the buttocks or legs, and difficulty walking.
- Permanent Paralysis: In certain cases, the spinal cord can be so damaged that you may suffer paralysis in portions of your body. Paraplegia, loss of motor function below the waist, or quadriplegia, the loss of motor function below the neck, can occur in extreme circumstances.
Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have suffered back injuries as the result of a motor vehicle accident, and the accident is another person's fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered. A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against a person who caused the accident. Personal injury lawsuits can recover damages including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earnings
- Vehicle repair
- Pain and suffering
Experienced accident attorney Quinn Posner represents clients in Camas, Washougal, and Clark County Washington in personal injury lawsuits. He has been successful in representing clients who won hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for their injuries arising from car accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall injuries.
Consult with an Attorney
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to damages in the form of financial compensation. Highly experienced personal injury attorney Quinn Posner of Posner Law Office, P.C. will fight for your rights in your lawsuit. I represent clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today for a free consultation of your case.