After a person has been injured in a car accident, they may experience various symptoms such as a stiff neck, soreness, shoulder pain, swelling, and even a ringing in the ears. One of the most commonly reported symptoms is back pain, which can vary from mild symptoms to extreme pain, depending on the severity of the accident.
If you are experiencing back pain after being involved in a car accident, you need to go and seek medical attention. The doctor may need to prescribe medication or order medical tests to determine the extent of the damage to your back.
If you have been involved in an accident and are now dealing with the painful effects of back pain, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and medical expenses. Contact our law firm and ask to schedule a free consultation so that we may discuss your case and answer your legal questions.
What Are the Most Common Back Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents?
When an individual is involved in a car accident, their body will only stop moving when it comes into contact with a stationary object such as the steering wheel, seatbelt, or airbag. Often the body, particularly the back, experiences a violent back-and-forth motion that causes injuries that include:
- Herniated discs
- Back strain
What are Common Back Injury Symptoms?
After you have been involved in a car accident, you may begin to feel symptoms related to a back injury. They often include:
- Discomfort when walking or standing
- Numbness or tingling in your legs and feet
- Sharp pain upon walking, standing, or if you have been sitting for a while
- Burning pain that runs across your lower back and down one or both legs.
- Muscle spasms in the lower back
What Can I Do At Home to Help Ease Back Pain?
It is important that you seek medical attention after being in a car accident. Many back injuries do not immediately manifest themselves but could lead to permanent nerve damage and paralysis if not diagnosed and treated immediately. Aside from prescribed medications the doctor may give you to relieve pain, there are also some treatments you can do at home to help relieve your symptoms. They include:
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Massage or chiropractic care (if okayed by your doctor)
- Alternating with heat and cold compresses
- Exercise as prescribed by your doctor
- Getting enough sleep
When Should I Consult With a Car Accident Attorney?
If you have been involved in a car accident, you need to consult with a car accident attorney immediately. Many individuals make the mistake of waiting until they are experiencing almost debilitating symptoms before they seek legal representation. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner they can get your claim started to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Contact our law firm by calling 812-247-8416 and asking to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.