You may have heard people getting into car accidents and coming away with only a minor bruise or headache. However, that’s not the case for everyone. Many people suffer traumatic spine injuries from car accidents, which can cause long-term disabilities.
Here are a few traumatic spine injuries people have suffered from after surviving a car accident:
Scoliosis is a back condition that causes the spine to curve the wrong way. People who are affected by scoliosis can experience back pain, stunted growth and breathing issues. A car accident could put intense pressure on the spine, causing scoliosis.
Each vertebra in the spine is cushioned by a rubbery sack. In a car accident, the spine could suffer pressure that causes the rubbery sack to shift or burst. This injury can cause severe pain to victims and may lead to muscle weakness.
A car accident could cause paralysis. Paralysis is the inability to feel and/or move certain body parts. This is often caused by a spine injury weakening the signals that go from the brain to the limbs. Traumatic spine injuries can affect a large part of the body temporarily or permanently.
People who suffer from paralysis can experience the loss of feeling in a single limb or multiple limbs. As a result, they may no longer be able to use a leg or arm without therapy. Paralysis can also affect half of the body, such as both legs or an arm and a leg. Some people also experience a form of paralysis that affects them from the neck down.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, then learning about your legal options could help you get the compensation you deserve.