Car accidents can result in many types of injuries. Yet among some of the most painful and potentially life-altering are back and spinal injuries. Unfortunately, back injuries are also one of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident. Recovering from a back injury after an accident is never easy, but each individual’s journey depends on the nature of their injury and the treatment options available.
Because the body will produce extra adrenaline after a traumatic event, some types of injuries may not be apparent immediately following the accident, leaving symptoms to manifest later. This is why it is very important to be seen by a doctor after a car accident – to provide medical documentation later on. That documentation may be an important part of your Denver spine injury attorney’s attempts at getting you fair compensation for your injuries.
Disc injuries in the lower back commonly lead to sciatica, a condition characterized by shooting pain and numbness or tingling in either leg or buttock. The pain can be debilitating and worsen over time.
Spinal cord can injuries interfere with the brain’s ability to communicate with the body, resulting in paralysis and loss of sensation in all or part of the body. Even accidents at low speeds can cause bruising, sprains, strains, and other serious back injuries.
Treatment of these injuries may require hospitalization, rehabilitation, or surgery. Surgery of any kind carries inherent risks, especially back surgery. Complications can include infection, recurrent disc herniation, and nerve damage. Even after surgery, not all patients experience pain relief.
Sometimes medication must be taken to help with pain relief. For severe pain, the medications prescribed are often opioids, which come with a host of side effects. Constipation, nausea, itching, and drowsiness are some side effects that can negatively impact your life.
Because back injuries affect such an integral part of your body, diagnosis of, and recovery from, injuries to the back are rarely cut and dry. They can result in life-long pain, disability and long-term care costs.
The long-term costs of dealing with a back injury can be astronomical. Medical costs alone can be overwhelming, especially where hospitalization, rehab, home healthcare equipment, or additional or follow-up surgeries are necessary. Some back injury victims must also pay for modifications to their home or vehicle due to physical limitations they now suffer.
When complications or on-going care limit a person’s ability to work, lost income can be another major concern. Even everyday tasks such as yard work, laundry or grocery shopping can be difficult, painful, or impossible to perform for someone suffering from a back injury. Many times, back injury victims must pay someone do to these chores for them, adding the additional expense of a back injury.
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury or back injury after an accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer immediately. You will need money to pay for lost wages, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation after an accident. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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