If you are involved in a car accident that results in a spinal cord injury, it can be devastating and life-altering.
Typically, three different types of spinal cord injuries can occur from a car accident. Each kind can cause various symptoms and levels of disability.
What is a spinal cord injury?
When the spinal cord is damaged, it can affect a person’s ability to move and feel sensations. Sometimes, the damage may be minor and only result in temporary paralysis. However, the damage can be much more severe in other cases, leading to permanent paralysis or even death.
The three most common spinal cord injuries from motor vehicle accidents include:
- Whiplash injury is a type of neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly jerked forward and then backward. The sudden movement can cause the joints and ligaments in the neck to stretch beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in inflammation and pain. Symptoms of a whiplash injury may include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
- A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc ruptures and the inner gel-like substance leaks out. It can place pressure on nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness.
- A vertebrae fracture can cause serious damage to the spinal cord. A severe back blow can cause the spine’s bones to break, resulting in bruising, bleeding, or even paralysis.
If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, you may face a long and challenging road to recovery. It is necessary for you to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, and medical expenses.