A neck or back injury can be painful, debilitating, and even permanently disabling. Varying in severity and type from soft tissues injuries that will heal with time to permanent damage to the spinal cord, leading to paralysis, neck and back injuries are something that everyone wants to avoid. Unfortunately, these injury types are some of the most common types of harm resulting from preventable accidents. Consider the most common causes of neck and back injuries listed below, and what to do if you suffer this injury type:
Car accidents are a leading cause of neck and back injuries. These types of injuries can occur as a result of:
- Sudden stopping of a vehicle, forcing a head back and forth rapidly like a whip, leaving the driver/passenger with a whiplash injury;
- Physical force being applied directly to the neck or back, such as contact with an object; and
- Sudden twisting or manipulation of the neck or spine in an awkward and unnatural position.
One of the best ways to avoid a neck and back injury in a car accident is to wear a seatbelt, although even this may not prevent injury if the crash is serious.
Slip and Falls
When a person slips and falls, their back may take the brunt of the fall. Falling on one’s back can have a number of ramifications, including fractured discs, muscle strains, and ligament sprains. In the most severe of cases, the spinal cord can be impacted, which can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
Playing sports is a great way to get exercise and learn the value of teamwork, but physical contact sports can be dangerous. The back and the neck (as well as the head) are some of the most vulnerable parts of the body and can be severely injured during a tackle, head-on collision, or fall.
Lifting Heavy Things
Whether for personal purposes or at work, lifting things that are particularly heavy, especially with improper form, can be dangerous. Lifting heavy objects can lead to hernias, strains, and sprains. Luckily, most injuries caused from heavy lifting can be healed with time, rest, and medical intervention.
What Should I Do If I Have Suffered a Back or Neck Injury?
If you are dealing with a back or neck injury, it is important that you seek medical care. From there, you should think about meeting with an experienced New Port Richey neck and back injury lawyer if you believe that your injury was caused by someone else’s fault. A car accident, slip and fall, sports injury, or workplace injury may all warrant a personal injury claim depending upon the circumstances. To learn more about your right to file a claim and when pursuing a tort is appropriate, schedule your free consultation with our lawyers at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today.
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