Common Types of Spine and Back Injuries
A spine or back injury can occur in almost any type of accident, and the consequences of such an injury can be devastating for victims. Spine and back injuries often cause severe pain and can result in permanent disabilities. The victims of spine and back injuries deserve to be compensated for the harm caused by others in accidents. If you or a loved one has a spine or back injury from an accident in the Nashville area, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your claims.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are common spine and back problems after an accident. Soft tissue damage refers to injuries that are not bone or related material. Tendons, ligaments, and muscles can all suffer soft tissue injuries after an accident. Some of the most common soft tissue injuries include back strain, back sprains, and bruising are all examples of soft tissue injuries that can occur after an accident. While most accident victims heal from soft tissue injuries, they still deserve to be compensated for the medical bills as well as the pain and suffering caused by the injuries.
Bulging or Herniated Discs
Another common type of spine or back injury that happens in accidents is a bulging or herniated disk. The disks are the cushion between vertebrae in the spine that are made of a harder outer layer of cartilage and a softer inner layer. When an accident occurs it can cause the soft disk to bulge out from between the vertebrae or cause a crack in the disk that allows the inner cartilage to protrude out. A bulging or herniated disk can cause serious pain by irritating the nerves in the spine as well as cause damage to the vertebrae that the disk sits between. This type of injury may require surgery after an accident to repair and can result in significant time out of work.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are the most serious type of spine and back injury. When this type of injury occurs, the spinal cord is partially or completely severed within the vertebrae. This damage can lead to partial or full paralysis below the point of injury. If the paralysis affects the lower limbs, it is known as paraplegia and if it affects the upper body as well it is known as quadriplegia. Spinal cord injuries often cause permanent and catastrophic disability for accident victims that requires extensive medical treatment and a lifetime of additional care.
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Spine and back injuries can lead to substantial medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life. If you would like to learn more about your compensation options after an accident, call a Nashville spine and back injury lawyer at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free evaluation of your case.