How Do Car Accidents Cause Back Pain?

Car Accidents Cause Back Pain
Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham LLC Blog May 16, 2022

How Do Car Accidents Cause Back Pain?

Are you experiencing back pain after an auto accident? Maybe the pain started immediately due to a direct, obvious injury, or perhaps you didn’t notice your pain at first, and it developed in the days after your accident. 

Any accident-related back pain is cause for concern. And, if your accident was caused by another party’s reckless and/or negligent behavior, your auto injury may make you eligible to file a personal injury claim. 

Don’t wait to reach out to the attorneys at Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham. We serve the Quad Cities area. To set up your free initial consultation, call (309)794-1515, fill out this FREE online form or text us via LiveChat.

6 Ways Car Accidents Cause Back Pain

The sudden impact of force that results from a car accident can cause back pain. Car accident-related back pain is often exacerbated by:

  1. If the occupant was wearing a seat belt and how they were sitting. 
  2. How fast the involved vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident.
  3. The size of both vehicles.
  4. The nature of the accident. (i.e., a rollover, rear-end, or sideswipe collision).
  5. If the airbags went off.

Victims may also experience back pain if they suffer one of the following car accident injuries.

Causes of Back Pain After Auto Accident

Car accidents in the Quad Cities can cause significant injuries, like:

  • Whiplash. This common auto injury occurs when the crash impact forces your head in a violent motion. You can feel pain from this injury from your head all the way down to your lower back. Rear-end collisions are the most common culprits of this injury. In addition to pain, you can also experience stiffness, dizziness, and headaches.
  • Lumbar strains. These injuries can lead to muscle spasms, tightness in your back, and intense pain. The pain associated with this injury will increase with movement until it has healed.
  • Herniated discs and other disc injuries, like bulging discs, dislodged discs, and tears. These injuries can also cause nerve pain, tingling, and numbness. These injuries typically require a long recovery time. 
  • Spinal stenosis. This diagnosis indicates that some external force puts pressure on your spinal cord. Often, the pressure comes from a fractured or herniated disc.
  • Joint injuries. Joints connect each of your vertebrae. When injured, pain can occur from the neck to the lower back. You may also experience swelling and stiffness from joint injuries.
  • Spinal fractures. Fractures indicate a break in the spinal column and can lead to spinal cord injuries. Full recovery from a fracture may require surgery, but more minor breaks may only require rest and medication.
  • Spinal cord injuries. If the spinal cord suffers an injury or severing, the victim may be paralyzed from the injury site down.

Sometimes, these injuries may take a few days to manifest. If you have back pain but have never received an official diagnosis, this is what you should do.

I Have Accident-Related Back Pain, But No Diagnosed Injury. What Should I Do?

First, take note of your symptoms. Remember, back injury symptoms may show themselves differently than pain. For example, you may notice tingling, numbness, loss of sensation, or stiffness. 

Next, go to the doctor and report your symptoms. If you have an auto injury caused by another party, you may be able to win compensation. Going to the doctor to obtain and officially document a diagnosis will help the attorneys at Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham build your case.

Strictly follow your doctor’s orders. If they prescribe medication, take it. If they give you strengthening exercises, do them. Should your doctor refer you to a specialist, make and attend the appointment. Then follow up with your doctor and the specialist. Keep records of all of your appointments, and continue to log your symptoms. 

Win Compensation Following Your Auto Injury with Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham

If your doctor diagnosed you with a personal injury, call us today to set up your free initial consultation. At that time, we will listen to your story and inquire about the evidence you have collected so far. 

If we determine that another party caused your accident-related back pain, we will suggest the next steps to begin building and strengthening your case. We want to win you the maximum compensation for your back injury. In a personal injury case, you may win compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical expenses
  • Cost of ramps, wheelchairs, and other accessibility additions for your home
  • And more.

The best part? You won’t pay us any fees unless we obtain a financial recovery on your behalf, so reach out today.

Call Our Quad City Back Injury Attorneys Today

At Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham LLC, we’ve represented the varied legal interests of our clients for more than 50 years as a full-service law firm. We make home and hospital visits and can take appointments in the evening and on weekends. So, don’t wait to call us at (309) 794-1515.

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