A serious Southern California car accident can lead to a wide range of painful injuries, including back injury.  Sometime back pain following a crash can indicate that there is a more serious problem, such as a spinal cord injury.  It is therefore important to understand the different types of back injuries and seek medical care immediately following an accident.

Back pain can occur at any point from the neck to the tailbone.  Back injuries tend to be the most common cause of back pain.  A back injury can result from any of the following:

When a back injury is the result of a sudden event, such as an auto accident, the pain is typically severe.  It is common for bruising and swelling to develop not long after the injury occurs.  This type of back injury is referred to as an acute injury and includes:

  • Sprain or strain
  • Spine fracture
  • Dislocation of the spine
  • Torn or ruptured disc
  • Compression of the nerves (cauda equine syndrome)
The pain from these acute injuries tends to last for no more than 6 weeks.  However, sometimes when the injury is severe, it can lead to serious problems, which is why you should be checked out by a doctor right after an accident.  Your physician will be able to order x-rays and other diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your back injury and to rule out any significant problems, such as spinal cord injury.

If you have sustained a back injury from a car accident caused by the other driver, you can and should hold that person accountable.  A back injury can affect your life and keep you from working.  It can also cause you to incur high medical bills.  You can pursue compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other costs associated with your injury. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 350-8888 for more information.
Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982