Auto accidents cause a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious and lifelong injuries, such as head and neck trauma or damage to the spinal cord. Having a healthy spine is the foundation for good overall health because the spine supports the body and provides stability. But a serious car accident can damage the delicate nerves in the spine, and lead to paralysis or other life-changing conditions. Spinal cord injuries and auto accidents require careful analysis to pinpoint the cause of the collision and link the accident to the injury. Being in an auto accident that severely damages the spinal cord will alter the future for the victim, often times requiring extensive therapy and rehabilitation. The costs of these medical needs should be borne by the negligent party, as should other expenses and damages associated with the accident. At Burke Law in Orange County, CA, we have experience investigating the cause of an accident and making a connection from the wreck to the injuries suffered.
An Explanation of Why Auto Accidents are So Dangerous
Being in a car accident means you have experienced unexpected force exerted upon your body. When two or more vehicles collide, the force is so strong that it cannot easily be measured. Complex scientific and mathematical equations comparing mass to acceleration are often used to explain the force of impact, and graphic recreations show how a body can be thrown around during a car accident. The spinal cord is not designed to withstand this kind of force, and when a person is thrown in all directions during a car accident the spinal cord takes a beating. The problem is so great that car accidents have been attributed to almost half of the spine injuries reported annually. This statistic is frightening on its own, but also provides a good reason to examine what to do if you are injured in a car accident.
Common Neck and Back Injuries From Car Accidents
The spinal cord runs from the base of the neck to the lower back. When an accident happens, the delicate nerves and tissues that make up the spine are put at risk, causing injury to the head, neck, and back. Here are some of the most common forms of spinal cord injury from a car accident:
- Fractures and breaks along the spinal cord
- Herniated discs
- Torn or bruised ligaments
An injury to the spinal cord should be treated immediately. This is true even when a victim does not experience symptoms right away. The sooner medical care is sought, the more likely it is to isolate a spinal cord injury and provide proper treatment.
Who to Call For Spinal Cord Injuries and Auto Accidents
If you have been in an accident and have suffered an injury to your back or neck, we can help. Call us today for help in seeking full and fair compensation for all of your injuries. Contact us online or call our office at (949) 438-4416.