Car accident back injuries can affect any part of your spine – this is the long bone in your back which is, in fact, made up of many smaller bones called vertebrae. A back injury can be as low down as the junction between your spine and your pelvis (a lower back injury) or as high up as your neck.
If you were injured in an accident that was not your own fault then you may be able to claim compensation for your car accident back injuries. Here’s some more information about how that works in practice.
Did someone else cause your car accident back injuries?
This is a crucial aspect of your car accident back injuries claim. You can only claim if the car accident was caused by someone else. When you ring Accident Advice Helpline to start your claim, they will ask you a series of short questions to establish if your case stands a good chance of succeeding. One of the key questions is “Did someone else cause your accident?” If you caused the accident yourself you will not be able to make a personal injury claim.
Other vehicle drivers often cause car accident back injuries by not concentrating or by driving recklessly or negligently. Some are even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer will start off your claim by trying to prove who was at fault for your accident. You will then claim a sum of money from them.
What type of car accident back injuries can you claim for?
Car accident back injuries can be very variable indeed. At the milder end of the scale you will find a moderate whiplash injury. This occurs typically in a car collision where the whole of the body except for the neck and the head are held in the seat by a seat belt. The neck and head continue to travel forward (caused by momentum) and the soft tissues of the neck (tendons and muscles) become stretched beyond their normal range of movement. This causes them to become inflamed and this, in turn, causes a reduction in neck movement and pain. A moderate whiplash is self- limiting which means that it would be expected to get better by itself in a few weeks. However, physiotherapy can help the healing process.
On the other end of the scale is a serious spinal injury where the vertebrae and spinal cord are damaged. The spinal cord is the large nerve that runs down the centre of the vertebrae. This sort of injury is so serious that it can cause total paralysis (inability to move) and can even affect vital functions such as breathing. This type of injury can result in permanent disability or even death.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.