A San Diego Spine Injury Attorney From Our Firm Explains Common Spine Injuries, Treatment And Complications

Common Spine Injuries from Car Accidents Explained

Spine injuries may be the most common injuries from car accidents that our San Diego spine injury attorney handles. Of course, spine injuries vary greatly in degree. Musculoskeletal injuries are the first to occur. Due to the sheering forces of a car crash, the segments of the spine, especially the neck, can sustain injury as they move in relation to each other. When this movement of the segments of the spine is greater than typical range of motion for the joints of the spine, musculoskeletal injuries can be sustained such as muscle tears, partial ligament and tendon ruptures, and other similar tissue injuries that lead to pain and inflammation. Sometimes the body’s reaction to these injuries can be worse than the actual injuries. For example, we see people with uncomplicated muscular injuries and resultant muscle spasms at the junction of the neck and the skull. On occasion, this cervical pain in conjunction with neck muscle spasm can lead to debilitating headache requiring injection therapy. With rest, adjustments, therapy, and rehabilitation training, we expect musculoskeletal injuries to heal within several months. For some people this may take longer and for a few they may never return to their pre-accident condition.

What are the Differences between a Spinal Cord Injury and Back Injury?

Back injuries are not the same as a spinal cord injury. Injuries in the back usually involve a disc in the lumbar shifting, sometimes causing a bulging or pinching pain. Bones in the back and neck that surround the spinal cord can break without injuring the spinal cord. You can avoid paralysis or spinal cord injury if the broken bones do not put pressure on the spine. If the break stabilizes and the spinal cord is not severed, you may avoid paralysis or spinal cord injury. In most cases, spinal cord injuries fall into two categories:

  • Incomplete: If you suffer from an injury and have some function, you may have an incomplete injury. You may be able to move some limbs more than others or feel parts of the body that cannot move.
  • Complete: Loss in function below the area of the injury is a complete injury. If you have a complete spinal cord injury, you will have no voluntary movement or sensation. Both sides of the body are affected.

Most of our clients have spine injuries that are far more significant than musculoskeletal ‘whiplash’ injuries. We represent many spine injury clients with objective MRI findings such as ruptured disks, foraminal stenosis, central canal stenosis, Schmorl’s nodes, vertebral bony edema, and fractures. We have decades of combine legal experience dealing with spine surgery cases such as cervical fusions, lumbar fusions, foraminotomies, diskectomies, radio frequency abrasions (rhizotomy), artificial disk replacements, and spinal reconstruction surgeries with hardware. We work hard to understand each client’s spine injury, the contributing conditions, the objective findings, and the array of symptomology. We also keep up with related healthcare trends concerning the treatment of spine injuries including conservative treatments, less invasive procedures and pain management therapies.

Results

  • Low delta-v MVA rear end collision resulting in lumbar fusion pretrial settlement of $600,000.00
  • Auto vs. pedestrian in parking lot resulting in lumbar spine discectomy – $827,000.00
  • Auto vs pedestrian in parking lot resulting in ankle pain and permanent scarring – $100,000 policy limits settlement