Rear-end collisions, also known as fender-benders, can cause serious injuries to everyone involved in the accident. The sudden force of another vehicle slamming into the back of your car can cause a severe and violent jolt to your body and your passengers. The sudden jolt can cause you and everyone inside your car to move back and forth and hit parts of your car’s interior. These unexpected and unnatural movements can give you serious injuries. Protective measures inside your vehicle, such as your seat belt and airbags, can also add trauma to your body.
Rear-end collisions can happen in both slow-moving and fast-moving traffic. Fender-benders in slow-moving traffic are often low-impact crashes. Rear-end collisions can occur in fast-moving traffic when the motorist fails to notice a traffic jam on a freeway. Both, however, can still end in devastating injuries and trauma.
Rear-end collisions can result in life-changing injuries. You need to know that you have legal rights and legal claims for injuries that result from fender-benders. Rear-end collisions commonly result in back injuries and neck injuries, which can have costly implications.
Common Back Injuries
Your back is composed of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and your spinal column. You can damage your back when your body is suddenly forced into an unusual position. Your body’s interaction with the seat is the main reason why back injuries are common in this type of car crash.
- Herniated Discs
Also known as bulged or slipped discs, herniated discs happen when the discs that protect your spinal bones get pushed out of their place. It can result in severe pain and numbness.
- Spinal Fractures and Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can have devastating and lasting effects. Its effects can include paralysis, lower back pain, paraplegia, bladder dysfunction, bowel problems, and sexual dysfunction. The cost of medical care and rehabilitation needed for these injuries can be overwhelming.
Soft tissue injury or back strain comes with a painful spasm in your back muscles.
Common Neck Injuries
Whiplash is the most common injury that comes from a rear-end collision. It is a type of neck injury that results from the sudden jerking and movement of the head during the crash. It is a strain injury to your neck muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Symptoms can include neck stiffness and pain, shoulder pain, headaches, low back pain, pain or numbness, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and fatigue.
Seek Medical Help Immediately
Do not put off going to the emergency room after a rear-end collision. If you feel any degree of pain or stiffness, no matter how mild, see a medical expert immediately. Back and neck injuries can worsen over time if not given the proper treatment. Car accident victims should go to the nearest hospital for a full-body check-up and evaluation. Do not dismiss any pain you feel as normal. A timely and correct diagnosis can help you get the right treatment. The delayed or wrong treatment can have a lifetime effect on your lifestyle.
You can encounter some complications if you delay your treatment. These complications can include disc degeneration, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, joint degeneration, scar tissues, and bone spurs. A quick and timely diagnosis can also prove that your injuries were due to the rear-end collision that you got involved in. Waiting for weeks or even days to seek treatment can be used by the other driver or your insurance company against you.
They can claim that your injuries are caused by events that transpired after the car accident. Medical records with your timely diagnosis can be used as evidence to prove the severity of your injuries, your loss, and the cost of the needed treatment.
Back and Neck Injuries Can Have Lifetime Effects
Your neck and back support your body. They help you to stand and sit straight. Having a limited range of motion in your back and neck can affect your life. It can affect your work, your daily activities, and even as simple as caring for yourself. Until you completely and fully heal, you may continue to experience temporary disablement.
Treatment for back and neck injuries can include appointments with a specialist, physical therapy, specialized medical equipment, surgery, and immobilization. Injuries to the spinal cord will likely require you to stay in a hospital for constant monitoring and to prevent further complications.
Were you or a Loved One Injured in a Rear-End Collision? Contact The Clark Law Office Now
A reputable and experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer can help you establish your claims for medical and financial support. You can file for a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver for your pain, losses, and suffering. Contact us now for a free legal consultation.