Did You Suffer a Neck or Back Injury In a Car Accident?
Neck and back injuries are common in motor vehicle collisions, but they may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s how to determine if you may have had an injury to your neck or back in a car accident and how to get medical and legal support afterward.
Types of Neck and Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents
There are many different types of neck and back injuries that can result from a car accident, even one that is very minor. Collisions can cause whiplash, bulging or herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, sprains and strains, and more. Some of these issues are more serious than others and require ongoing medical treatment.
Indicators of a Spinal Injury
Common symptoms of a potential neck or back injury after a motor vehicle collision may include:
- Stiff neck muscles or neck pain
- Lower back pain or limited mobility
- Shooting pain down one or both legs
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Muscle spasms
The following indicators may be a sign that something serious is wrong and you may need emergency medical treatment:
- An inability to move
- Loss of sensation anywhere in your body
- Difficulty breathing or excessive coughing
- Loss of control over your bowels or bladder
Do You Need a Doctor?
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, no matter how severe the accident was. Even minor car accidents can result in serious neck injuries that leave you debilitated or in chronic pain for years or even the rest of your life. It can take time for a neck or back injury to make itself known after a car crash, usually, because adrenaline blocks those pain receptors. If you didn’t blackout or aren’t in crippling pain after the accident, this doesn’t always mean you weren’t seriously injured. Neck and back injuries are often discovered days or even weeks after the incident.
How a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After a Neck or Back Injury
Being injured in a car accident caused by someone else is a frightening and often expensive experience. But you shouldn’t have to foot the bill. Call Florida personal injury lawyer Ronald Solanker now at 352.629.6656 (Ocala, FL) or 352.777.8176 (After Hours). Our office is available now to assist you.