Lawyers for People With Back and Neck Injuries Sustained in Chicago Crashes
The forceful nature of auto collisions provides the perfect mechanism for injuries to the neck and the back due to the manner in which the body is thrown forward and back in a motion similar to the cracking of a whip. The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize that these injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating and victims should not have insult added to their injury by needing to take on costly medical bills and out of pocket expenses. We work on behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the treatment they deserve and the compensation they need to cover their costs.
The Complex Anatomy of the Spine
Nervous function throughout the body is dependent upon the spinal cord, which transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body for the purpose of voluntary and involuntary functions such as movement and breathing. The spinal cord is protected by a column of 33 bones that are referred to as vertebrae. Discs made of cartilage rest between each of the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers whenever the spine is put under stress.
Injuries to the back and neck can be extremely painful because the back and spine protect large and complex nerves that extend to the body’s limbs and extremities. When a disc ruptures or becomes herniated, it can press against or pinch vital nerves, causing pain or disrupting the transmission of signals. There are treatment options when the nerves are agitated, but if the nerves become damaged, it can result in the loss of motor function or permanent paralysis.
Car Collisions Place Severe Strain on the Spine
During a collision, the occupants of a vehicle are thrown around the interior due to the forces of inertia and kinetic energy. While it is true that seatbelts provide protection against many serious injuries, they are designed to limit the forward motion of passengers and keep them in their seats through the course of an action. The body is propelled forward initially and then forced back into the seat, simulating the snapping of a whip— which is where the term whiplash comes from.
Sudden trauma to the spine and neck can cause inflammation and tears in the discs and muscles that are responsible for the movement of the head, neck and back. The extent of the injuries will depend on the exact location of the injuries and whether a disc was herniated or ruptured during the accident. Many victims feel okay initially and develop the symptoms of whiplash as the gel like substance inside the disc begins to leak and press against the nerves. Common injuries that can result from car accidents include the following.
- The sprain of muscles and ligaments in the neck or back. When the tissue swells, it can pinch one or more nerves and cause shooting pain that spreads into the arms or legs.
- Fractured vertebrae or spinal dislocation. These injuries are more serious because they can be the cause of significant nerve damage. Broken necks and backs are the primary cause of paralysis.
- Torn and ruptured discs. In addition to causing pain and discomfort, the loss of the shock absorbing gel inside of a disc can cause complications in the future. The disc will not heal on its own and surgery may be required to provide the support and shock absorption that the healthy disc did before it was damaged.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers recommend visiting the hospital for diagnostic testing after any car accident, even if you don’t believe you have been injured. In some cases, you may make an injury worse by continuing to move the affected area and your decision not to seek medical treatment can be used against you when you file a claim. While some injuries to the neck and spine are more obvious than others, whiplash often comes as a surprise to victims who wake up with debilitating pain that interferes with their ability to perform menial tasks and participate in the activities that they enjoy.
Get Legal Assistance Today for Car Accidents Involving Back & Neck Injuries
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has access to an award winning legal team, but is also able to help you by connecting you to one of the many medical specialists we work with so that you can receive the correct diagnosis and review treatment options while we represent your legal interests. If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact us today to arrange a risk free consultation so that you can learn more about what we can do to make recovering from your injuries easier and to maximize the amount of compensation you are able to recover for the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
Once our Chicago car accident attorneys have reviewed the details of your case, we can let you know what legal options are available and how we would suggest proceeding. If for any reason at all we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, you are assured that our services will be completely free of charge.