South Carolina car accident lawyers who recognize the difficult position you find yourself in and have a wealth of experience helping accident victims like you obtain the compensation they need to conquer their back pain.
Car accidents are dangerous, and the impact of even a relatively minor accident can cause serious injuries, including back pain. Back pain can be especially difficult to live with because it is often hard to adequately treat without heavy-duty medications that tend to cause more harm than good and because it can segue into chronic pain. If another driver’s negligence leaves you suffering from back pain, it’s time to reach out to an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney.
Common Causes of Car Accident Back Pain
The Mayo Clinic shares those kinds of injuries that are most closely associated with back pain, and all of them can be caused by the impact of a car accident. These injuries include:
Muscle or Ligament Strain
Muscle or ligament strain is often caused by a sudden and awkward movement, and a car accident provides plenty of opportunities for such injuries. This kind of injury can lead to painful spasms in the back muscles.
A Bulging or Ruptured Disk
A bulging or ruptured disk can be caused by the impact of a car accident, and it refers to when the soft center of the cushions that separate your vertebrae bulges or leaks out. These injuries can be slow to present with symptoms, but they can also be exceptionally painful from the outset.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur anywhere on the spinal cord, and even when they are relatively minor, they can be very painful and can severely limit the range of motion. If, however, the spinal cord is severed or severely damaged, it can mean permanent paralysis.
The damages associated with back pain can be extensive. Back pain is often bedeviling and difficult to endure, which means victims can suffer ongoing physical, financial, and emotional concerns that prove both disruptive and disheartening.
Even if the precipitating injury doesn’t require invasive, major treatment, the medical costs associated can add up quickly and may show no signs of slowing down. If the injury itself is serious, surgeries and other heavy-duty treatments may be required. Even much less dramatic injuries, however, can require extensive medical expenses that relate to ongoing pain management and physical therapy, which can help keep the pain at bay but that may not cure the underlying problem. The medical cost associated with back pain should not be underestimated.
If your job involves physical labor, back pain can leave you off the job for a considerable amount of time, and it can haunt you well into the future. Further, physical labor can exacerbate the problem, which in turn can exacerbate the extent of your lost earnings. Even if your job is much more sedentary, back pain can affect your ability to focus and to get your work done. All told back pain can eat away at your current income and your earning potential. Just because your injury isn’t dramatic, doesn’t mean that your earning losses won’t be. If your back pain causes you to suffer career setbacks, it can also have emotional consequences.
Pain and Suffering
The name – back pain – says it all. Someone else’s negligence has caused you to be injured, and you’re suffering from back pain that has the power to upend your life in surprisingly negative ways. Back pain has a way of becoming a constant drag on one’s life, which means that it can amount to a serious emotional burden that should not be overlooked.
While nearly any car accident can lead to back pain, rear-end accidents are a common culprit. Rear-end accidents are the most common car accidents on our roadways, and they are also some of the most dangerous. These accidents are often the result of driver distraction, excess speed, or tailgating. Whatever the cause, however, the impact of a rear-end accident pushes the occupants of the forward vehicle violently forward, and this is more than enough to cause serious back pain that can be exceptionally long-lasting.
Motorists who are distracted by anything other than the responsibility of driving safely are dangerous drivers who are more likely to cause dangerous rear-end accidents. For instance, when a motorist has his or her eyes glued to a text (the most dangerous distraction of all), the driver is not in tune with what is happening on the road, and even a minor slowdown ahead could lead to a rear-end accident.
When motorists drive too fast (in excess of the speed limit or too fast for conditions on the road) they ensure that they have less room on the road to react and that any ensuing accidents will be that much more dangerous. Excess speed makes dangerous rear-end accidents more likely, and back pain for occupants of forwarding vehicles is often the result.
When another motorist drives immediately behind your vehicle, it is a form of aggressive driving that is extremely dangerous (as are all other forms of aggressive driving). If you need to slow down for any reason, the person riding your car’s bumper allows himself or herself no room for error, and rear-end accidents and attendant back pain are not uncommon.
Consult with an Experienced Charleston Car Accident Attorney Today
If a car accident leaves you with an injury that results in back pain, the accomplished car crash lawyers at David Aylor Law Offices in South Carolina recognize that you may face a long and difficult journey toward complete pain relief – or toward mastering your pain to the best of your ability – and we’re fully committed to harnessing the full force of our impressive experience in pursuit of your claim’s best possible outcome and your most complete recovery. To learn more about how we can help, please contact or call us at 843-548-1574 to schedule your free consultation today.