Lower Back Pain Resulting from Car Accident
Posted in Car Accidents on October 9, 2014
Millions of car accidents occur every year in the United States, resulting in a plethora of injuries ranging from minor abrasions to severe injuries or death. One common type of injury that results from a car accident is a lower back injury.
A lower back injury can present itself in a variety of forms. If you’ve suffered from lower back pain as a result of a car accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
Causes of Lower Back Pain from an Accident
When a car accident occurs, it’s not unlikely for a person to develop lower back pain shortly thereafter.
When a sudden jolt occurs – such as during a car crash – the back and neck are often forced forward or backward quickly and unexpectedly which can cause the following in the lower back.
Types of Lower Back Injuries
Whiplash is perhaps the most common type of injury that may result from a car accident. While most people associate whiplash with neck pain, back pain is also quite possible with whiplash, especially if trauma to the discs has occurred. Whiplash is caused when the head whips forward and backward quickly, which is common when a car is in a rear-end collision.
Another cause of back pain might be the result of a back strain. When an accident occurs, it’s not uncommon for the lumbar region of the back (lower back) to suffer a strain while attempting to stabilize the body. A muscle strain may be a relatively minor injury, but can cause pain and discomfort.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an overly strained spine may also result in a ruptured or bulging disk. If a slipped, bulged, or herniated disc occurs, lower back pain may be very intense.
When a herniated disc occurs, the risks are high. One of the biggest risks of a ruptured disc is that it will compress the nerves in the spinal cord. This can lead to tingling and weakness in other parts of the body, such as the legs and feet if the injury occurs in the lower back.
Who’s liable for your back injury and lower back pain?
You deserve to be compensated if you suffered a lower back injury that caused one of the following.
- Pain and loss of function
- The inability to pursue activities you normally enjoy
- Required medical treatment
If your back injury was the result of someone else’s irresponsible or negligent actions, which then caused your accident, then that person may be liable for any resultant damages.
An attorney can help prove another party’s liability. In Florida, the statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury case is four years from the date of injury, as specified by Florida statute 95.11.
But you may have as little as 14 days to seek initial treatment in order for it to be covered by no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Talk to an attorney about the options available to recover compensation for your injuries.
Seek the Help of an Attorney to Recover Damages
If you require compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more, talk to a lawyer at Chalik & Chalik. Our attorneys know how important your claim is and are committed to fighting hard to getting you the benefits you deserve. If you’ve been injured, call us today for a free case consultation at 855-529-0269 or use our contact form.