The most common back injuries are back strains and sprains but more serious back injuries include herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. The lumbar section of the back is the most common site of back pain, because of its flexibility and the amount of body weight that region typically bears. A back strain is characterized by a stretched or torn muscle or tendon resulting from severe twisting or pulling of the tissues and muscles. Back strains can happen suddenly or develop over time and include symptoms like pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and trouble moving the muscle. A back sprain results in a stretched or torn ligament caused by falling, twisting or being struck. Symptoms of a back sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, muscle spasms and difficulty moving the joint. Herniated disks occur most commonly in the lower back and can cause sudden and severe back pain. This type of back injury typically occurs when abnormal movement puts too much pressure on a disc, causing the disc to rupture. Herniated discs can cause severe pain, muscle spasms, numbness and weakness. Fractured vertebrae occur when one or more of the vertebrae break or crack. Motor vehicle and slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of fractured vertebrae, which can lead to severe pain and further medical complications like spine instability, nerve damage and spine deformity.
Back injuries can range from minor to severe, resulting in a variety of symptoms, but most back injuries cause pain and significantly limit movement. Back injuries can be diagnosed using an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI to determine the extent of damage sustained. Necessary treatment depends largely on the location and severity of the back pain, but most often includes medication to reduce pain and relax muscles, icing, exercise and bed rest; while physical therapy or surgery may be necessary to effectively treat severe cases of back injury.
Depending on the location and severity of the injury, back pain can lead to serious complications for an affected person, now and in the future. Back injury can lead to chronic pain, may require long-term medical treatment, and can result in missed work and loss of income. In fact, lower back pain is the second most common reason people miss work in the United States, and some back injury victims may be unable to participate in even the simplest daily activities like driving and using the stairs. Most back injury victims turn to their insurance company for help following an accident, in order to file a claim. Unfortunately, many insurance claims adjusters are trained to reject accident claims or to offer a settlement far below what the victim is entitled to in order to pay out the lowest possible amount in damages. This deceptive practice leaves an accident victim injured, possibly without a vital source of income, and overwhelmed by costly medical bills. The only way to effectively fight a rejected insurance claim is to file a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, back injuries are extremely common and can lead to long term pain and suffering. Back injury victims who have been denied by their insurance company should contact an accident attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered from a back injury due to an accident, an accident lawyer can make sure you receive reimbursement for your injuries. Personal injury litigation can be an extremely complicated process but qualified accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you develop a successful case. Accident victims have rights that are taken advantage of too often. Accident attorneys will fight to protect your rights and help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.