Traumatic back injury is a medical term that encompasses a variety of problems in the lumbar (lower back) region of your spine. These injuries may range from bruising to lumbar fractures, back sprain and herniated discs. Back problems are very serious and in many cases are also extremely painful and take a while to recover from. Auto and motorcycle accidents, especially rear-end collisions, frequently cause traumatic back injury. Our Baltimore auto accident lawyers are here to guide you on how to react to a traumatic back injury and how to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Symptoms of Traumatic Back Injury
The first thing to worry about after an auto accident is your health. Don’t make any fast movements as you get out of your car, and if it looks bad or you feel like you can’t move, just sit there and wait for the paramedics to arrive. Serious traumatic back injury is usually diagnosed right away following an x-ray. However, many times back problems could also manifest some time after the accident. Watch out for these symptoms and get them checked out by a professional right away if they appear:
- Back pain: it could be dull and persistent or sharp when you try to move
- Limited range of motion and stiffness in your back
- Numbness in your buttocks, legs or feet
- Back muscle spasms
It’s important to have your symptoms documented by a doctor and do this as soon as possible. If you wait too long to get help, insurance companies may presume that this injury is not related to the accident or that it’s not as bad as you claim, since you didn’t seek immediate help.
Talk to a Lawyer Before You Settle
Depending on the type of your auto accident and who’s at fault, either yours or other driver’s insurance company may be responsible for covering your expenses. An insurance adjuster would typically examine your case and then come up with a settlement amount based on their analysis and your coverage. Don’t accept a settlement right away—make sure to discuss it with your Maryland auto accidents lawyer first.
What many first-time accident victims don’t realize (and what some insurance companies conveniently overlook) are the long-term consequences of an injury. You could end up with chronic back pain, which will affect your quality of life and should be reflected in your settlement.
Seeking Compensation for Traumatic Back Injury
Everybody who has ever suffered from back pain or has chronic back issues knows that this is serious. One wrong twist in the spine, one too many boxes to carry, and you could be out for a week with excruciating back pain. Both the initial treatment and ongoing physical therapy can also be expensive, as well as cause you to miss work and important life events. And let’s not forget about emotional suffering chronic back problems may create and the stress they put on your family relationships. When you can no longer play ball with your kids or help your spouse move a heavy bag of dog food, life is not the same anymore.
That’s why it’s important to discuss everything with your lawyer who will then help you determine a fair compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering and many other areas. Because Maryland is a fault state, if the insurance company determines that the accident was even one bit your fault, they may refuse to pay you anything. In this case a personal injury lawsuit could be your other option. Either way, DRA e-Law will be honored to be by your side during these hard times and help you come out of this situation with the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to discuss your case with one of our Maryland auto accident attorneys.