Neck and Back Pain After Car Accidents
Our Jacksonville accident attorneys can help you recover physically and financially
When you’re hurt in a car accident, the pain and impairment of the injuries can linger for days, weeks, months, or even longer. Pain isn’t just discomfort: it can affect your quality of life and your ability to work. It can also be a sign of a serious or even life-threatening underlying injury.
If your back or neck hurts after a car accident, don’t ignore it. Get checked out by a doctor and make sure you get a diagnosis for your injury. You should also get legal advice. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get the treatment you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Whether you were hit from behind in a rear-end accident or hurt in another type of crash, insurance companies will try to limit your compensation.
That’s why you need to reach out to The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, Florida.
What causes neck and back pain after a car accident?
Neck pain and back pain are some of the most common symptoms after a car crash because of the way car crashes happen. When you’re sitting in a car, the force of the seat pressing against your back can cause injuries to the upper body, including upper and lower back injuries. When the body comes to a stop, the head keeps moving, and the violent forward and backward motion of the head can cause neck injuries such as whiplash.
Some of the underlying injuries that may be associated with neck and back pain include:
- Herniated discs
- Sprains and strains
- Vertebrae fractures (broken back)
- Facet joint injuries
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra)
- Pinched nerve
In addition, different types of damage to the body that often cause back and neck pain can also cause other serious injuries. For example, the violent forward and backward motion of the head that causes whiplash can also lead to a concussion. That’s why it’s important to get checked out by a doctor even after a minor car accident, especially if you have a burning pain in your neck; upper, lower, or middle back pain; or even just a headache. Tell your doctor about every symptom, no matter how minor.
It’s also common to experience delayed back or neck pain after a car accident. Some injuries are immediately obvious, but others can take days or weeks to set in. Some injuries heal in time, but others can develop into chronic pain that requires medical treatment for the rest of your life. These costs should be accounted for in your financial compensation for your car accident, either in a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
An attorney can advocate for full value for your neck or back injury
Pain can have a profound impact on your quality and enjoyment of life. It can also affect you financially. You may need medication, physical therapy, or other treatment to help you manage your pain. You may also be unable to work, affecting your income. Those are real costs that deserve full compensation to help you rebuild your life and reach the same standard of living you had before your accident.