Crashes happen every day and can lead to a plethora of injuries ranging from minor abrasions to severe injuries. One of the most common repercussions that arises from these incidents is lower back pain.
If you’ve suffered from lower back pain as a result of a crash, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills and other related losses. An attorney with our firm can help you understand your rights and options.
Types of Lower Back Injuries
When a sudden jolt occurs, the back and neck are often forced forward or backward quickly and unexpectedly, which can cause the following injuries in the lower back.
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 it can cause pain and discomfort.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 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.
One of the biggest risks of a ruptured disc is that it will compress the nerves in the spinal cord. This injury 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.
Whiplash-Related Back Pain
Whiplash is caused when the head whips forward and backward quickly, which is common when a car is in a rear-end collision.
Whiplash is perhaps the most common type of injury that may result from a crash. While most people associate whiplash with neck pain, back pain is also quite possible with whiplash, especially if trauma to the discs occurred.
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What You Should do After You Experience Lower Pain from a Crash
After any car accident, there are a few steps you should take to help ensure your health, safety, and right to damages.
Go to the Doctor
After the car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The doctor should check your vitals and run different tests to diagnose your injuries – both apparent and underlying.
This visit will be noted on your medical record, and you can use it as evidence in your claim. As such, it will demonstrate that the car crash was the cause of your injuries.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders Exactly
Follow your treatment plan exactly, even if you believe that you are okay before it ends. Your doctor will release you when they think you are ready to resume your previous routine. If you become active again too soon, you risk:
- Worsening your condition
- Sustaining another injury
- The insurance company devaluing or denying your claim
Keep a Daily Record of Your Condition
Every day, write down how you’re feeling physically and psychologically. Include details like your pain levels, mood, activities, and treatment plan for the day.
The more specific you are, the fewer loopholes the insurance company has to conclude that your injuries are minor or that you caused them.
Damages You Can Pursue for Lower Back Pain That Results from a Crash
You deserve to be compensated if you suffered a lower back injury that caused:
- Pain and loss of function
- The inability to pursue activities you normally enjoy
- The need for medical treatment
If your lower back injury was the result of someone else’s irresponsible or negligent actions, then that person may be liable for any resultant damages. You may qualify to request compensation for:
- Past and projected medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Property damage
- Diminished quality of life
You only have so much time to sue for these damages. Under Florida Statutes § 95.11, you are typically given four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. In the event you don’t meet this deadline, your lawsuit may be denied. If you get our team involved soon enough, we can get all paperwork filed in time.
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Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You After You Were Injured
Lower back pain can take mental, physical, and financial tolls on you. Have one of our personal injury attorneys take charge of your case while you’re recovering.
While serving you on a no-win, no-fee basis, they can:
- Create an evidence file
- Name the responsible party
- Evaluate your losses
- Manage phone calls and emails with the insurance company
- Represent you in settlement negotiations
- Bring your car crash case to trial, if necessary
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