A back injury from a car accident can range from chronic pain to a lifelong disability. Some of the more serious back injuries are often categorized as spinal cord injuries (SCI) and involve trauma to the vertebral column. As a result, a person with a spinal cord injury may have impaired motor function, depending on the type of spinal cord injury they have sustained.
Someone with a complete spinal cord injury does not have any sensory and motor function below the level of injury, and almost half of all spinal cord injuries are classified as complete. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, on the other hand, the individual still retains some level of motor and sensory function below the level of injury. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries nationwide amongst younger individuals.
Aside from spinal cord injuries, MedicinePlus reports that other common back injuries that result may include:
- Vertebrae fractures
- Disc herniation/bulging discs
The extent of these injuries will depend on all of the details surrounding the case; no accidents or injuries are identical. With physical therapy and other treatments, some people may be able to quickly return to their normal activities, whereas others might have a longer journey ahead of them. Some accident victims, however, may never be able to fully recover and their lives are forever changed. It can be especially disheartening when it was the negligence of another that caused the car accident, resulting in your back injury. A motorist may be found liable in a car accident for a number of reasons, including distractions (such as texting), drunk driving, speeding, running a red light or stop sign, and so on.
If you or a loved one is waiting on a personal injury lawsuit to settle after sustaining a back injury from a car accident, we may be able to help if you’d rather receive your money sooner. Through a lawsuit advance, USClaims provides plaintiffs with the money they need and without the wait that often comes with the typical settlement process. Also known as pre-settlement funding, receiving money sooner can make it easier to take care of medical bills and other mounting expenses. If you have questions about how the process works, would like more information or you’re ready to get started, USClaims is ready to assist you. Contact us today!