If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Illinois, you might be lucky and sustain only minor wounds — or you could end up with serious problems. One of the most common (and most debilitating) physical results of a collision involves damage to the spine. In fact, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, ”Vehicle crashes are the most recent leading cause of injury, closely followed by falls.”
These injuries can be painful, might require surgery plus a lengthy recuperation and can cause significant mental anguish as well. Then there are related matters such as substantial time lost from work, the inability to do ordinary things like walking, standing for long periods, driving and difficulty returning to normal in many areas of your life. You might not be able to go back to your job at all, depending on your stamina and physical condition.
Three kinds of spinal injuries that are typical in car collisions
You could have vertebral fractures, whiplash or a herniated disc. Here’s what that means in practical terms:
- Vertebral fractures fall into three categories: flexion/distraction fractures, vertebral compression fractures, and burst fractures. Each of these results from major spine trauma, usually when someone in a vehicle is tossed around from the impact of the crash.
- Whiplash is sustained when a person’s neck moves forward and backward hard and quickly, usually with jarring force. You could suffer from vertigo, fatigue, neck stiffness, memory problems and a host of other related symptoms.
- A herniated disc can lead to nerve pain that is chronic, which can limit your range of motion, affect your concentration, interfere with your sleep and more.
The aftermath of a crash-related spinal injury
Any type of spinal injury is traumatic, physically and emotionally. Recovery can take a lot of time in some cases. The process can be anxiety-producing and tedious. Your priority following such an injury is probably going to be getting your life back in order. In the meantime, you might want to look into your legal options.