Ever since the COVID-19 lockdown, the likelihood of getting into an accident has soared pretty high, and so has one’s chances of acquiring various personal injuries. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that 4.8 million people were seriously injured as a result of a fatal car crash in 2020 alone. The figures only got worse post-lockdown. The traffic fatalities in Los Angeles have gone dire to the point where traffic injuries in 2021 exceeded that of 2020’s according to Los Angeles Police Department data.
With personal injury cases increasing, people should be aware of the types of back injuries they may acquire. For example, it’s common for people to complain about back pain after a car accident, but what most aren’t aware of is what kind. Knowing this information is crucial in treating whatever back injury they may have.
Through this blog post, the team behind the back injury lawyers of Omega Law Group aim to bridge this gap in knowledge by listing different types of back pain people may get after a car accident. Here are a few of them:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries can be classified as either sprains and strains. Sprains are tears in the ligaments that are usually caused by a sudden wrench or twist. On the other hand, strains are injuries in the muscles and/or tendons. Such injuries can usually be healed through at-home treatments. The R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) method, in particular, is really helpful.
Spinal Cord Injury
Unlike its milder counterpart above, Spinal Cord Injuries cannot be healed using the R.I.C.E. method, and may require invasive surgery to treat. A series of extensive physical therapy is very likely prescribed to the patient in order for them to make a full recovery. Depending on the severity of the injury, the person who acquired this injury may suffer from permanent or partial damage in the spinal cord. This injury is very expensive to treat, and you will need a back injury attorney to help you with recouping some medical expenses as a result of the accident.
A person with spinal stenosis is suffering from a condition in which the spaces between the spine have become narrow, causing the nerves trailing through the spinal cord to strain.
The sinister nature of spinal stenosis is what makes it dangerous. It usually doesn’t have any symptoms, so the victim may have no idea that they’re suffering from it until well after the statute of limitations of the accident is up.
To understand the nature of this injury, you must know that the spinal cord is basically a stack of bones (vertebrae) connected by a series of discs. It acts as a communication channel for the brain and the body, enabling people to feel sensations as well as carry out their daily tasks.
So when a person suffers from a herniated disc —a tear or a hole in the disc— the body-mind connection gets interrupted. As a result, they may feel tingling sensations in some parts of their body. In worse cases, they may not be able to move certain muscle groups and could affect their ability to lift or hold objects.
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We have represented clients who have been affected by various personal injuries, including Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Soft Tissue Injury, and many more. Our awards and excellent testimonials are a result of our ability to empathize and attend to the needs of our clients. Here at Omega Law Group, you will come first.
If you or a loved one is suffering due to an accident, reach out to our team. Visit our Contact Us page or call us at (310) 504-1852.