Back injuries are some of the most common injuries individuals can suffer. Most people endure some degree of back pain at some point in their lives, from a mild strain to a more severe injury. Back injuries can be persistent, painful injuries that may follow you into your later years.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our experienced and caring lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. We know what it takes to win your claim so that you can recover from your back injury and continue living a fulfilling life.
Accidents That Result in Back Injuries
There are an infinite number of accidents that can cause back injuries. Some of the more common include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace injuries including back strain
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Types of Back Injuries
There are several different categories of back injuries, including:
Bulging and ruptured disks: Your lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (L1 – L5). Between each vertebra is a disk that might be imagined as a jelly donut with a fibrous material surrounding a gel-like center. If your lower back sustains trauma, this can cause your fibrous material to bulge. In extreme circumstances, your bulging disk may rupture, allowing the gel-like substance to leak out. The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk are shooting pain or numbness into the buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Treatment can include rest, physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, injections, and surgery.
Fractured vertebrae: A fractured vertebra occurs when there is a break in one or more of the five lumbar vertebrae. There are several different places and types of fractures. Your lumbar vertebrae may break in the front (anterior) or back (posterior) as a result of motor vehicle accidents or falls. Compression fractures occur in the front while the back of your lumbar remains intact. Rotational forces cause transverse process fractures, and a flexion fracture arises when your lumbar is pulled apart.
Lumbar ligament sprains: This injury is the result of the unnatural stretching and tearing of your lumbar ligament, the band of tissue connecting two lumbar discs.
Low back strain: This common injury is the result of soft-tissue damage to your lumbar spine such as your lower back tendons and muscles. These back and spinal injuries are treated with muscle relaxers, physical therapy, heat therapy, and acupuncture or chiropractic treatment.
If you were sustained a back injury from an accident in the Chicago area, please call or email the personal injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we win your case.
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