A motor vehicle accident can cause all kinds of injuries to victims. While most people think their head is the most vulnerable to damage, their spine is just as vulnerable — and the injuries may be more severe.
Victims shouldn’t dismiss back pains, aching or sores on their back after an accident. These injuries can evolve into permanent disabilities without the proper medical treatment. When dealing with an injury after a car crash, you may need to know how serious your spinal injury is. Here’s what you should know:
A complete or incomplete injury
Spinal injuries are put into two categories: complete or incomplete. A complete injury may mean there’s permanent damage to the spine, which can cause lasting disabilities. An incomplete injury means the spine is only partially damaged and the location of the injury determines its severity.
The following are two injuries that may follow after a collision:
- Paralysis: This occurs when the spine is injured to a severe degree that leaves certain body parts numb and unresponsive. This can affect a single limb, like an arm or leg, or affect a large area like the entire body from the neck down.
- Herniated disc: Between each vertebra are liquid sacs that protect the nerves. If these sacs rupture, typically after an accident, then victims experience tons of unrelenting pain.
If you’re injured after a car accident, then you may need to know your legal options when seeking compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Take the appropriate steps to protect your interests and get the damages you’re due.