Following a motor vehicle accident in Massachusetts, many victims feel sore in one or more body parts, even if the collision wasn’t severe. Sometimes the symptoms increase as time goes on. One of the most common areas to sustain an injury is the back. Several situations can develop. Here is what can happen.
Why accidents cause back injuries
When motor vehicle accidents occur, your body is still in motion until something like a seatbelt, airbag, steering wheel, or windshield hits it. Even minor accidents can cause immobility because the force of the collision can sprain, fracture or otherwise injure your neck, back and spinal cord. Areas affected include the vertebrae in the lower back, upper back and neck, and can also affect nerve roots and muscles. Injuries in the upper back are less likely to occur because of the rigidity of the thoracic area. Some injuries, like soft tissue problems, take time to develop, necessitating the importance of medical care after an accident.
Common back problems resulting from accidents
Many types of injuries can result from a car accident, but the following are the most common:
• Vertebrae fractures
• Back sprains and strains
• Herniated discs
• Discogenic pain
• Degenerative spinal disorders
Negligence causes most motor vehicle accidents
Negligent acts, such as distracted driving, speeding, etc., cause most accidents. When you sustain a personal injury due to another’s negligence, you can suffer lingering problems, especially when your back or neck is involved. Such injuries affect your valuable time and money.
Getting prompt medical care after a car accident is essential. Yet, you also have the right to file a lawsuit against the offending driver if you suffer injuries from the incident. A successful claim can help pay for medical expenses and more, especially if you cannot work.