Lower back pain is not uncommon after a car accident, and accident victims may wonder if their pain is serious. Sometimes this pain is a symptom of soft tissue injuries like muscle strains, but other times it’s related to serious injuries.
Lower Back Pain & Injuries after a Car Accident
Many lower back injuries after car accidents are simple muscle strains. The unnatural movement involved in a car accident causes these injuries. While the injuries are minor and will eventually heal, they can feel fairly major.
The lower part of the back provides stability for the upper part and rest of the body. Because of the position of these strains, it can be hard for patients to perform strenuous activities after these injuries. Rest and pain medications are the most common treatment for these injuries, and patients may have to stay out of work for a few days or weeks during healing.
Herniated discs are another common lower back injury after a car accident. The spine is made of alternating vertebrae and soft discs. During an accident, the forces can create tears, ruptures, and swelling in these discs.
If the discs press on nerves in the spinal canal, it can cause pain and weakness in the back or extremities. People may be able to manage herniated discs with a combination of pain medication and physical therapy. If this treatment doesn’t work, a doctor may prescribe surgery to remove the affected disc (or part of it) and fuse the above and below vertebrae together.
Spondylolisthesis is possible after a car accident as well. This injury involves a fracture in the vertebrae which causes it to slip out of place. The treatment is the same as herniated discs and may lead to spinal fusion surgery as well.
Herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, and other injuries can lead to pain in areas besides the back. The spinal cord is connected to every part of the body, and pressure against nerves in the spinal column causes pain in other areas of the body. If you have one of these conditions, you may experience pain in the back, buttocks, legs, and even the bottom of the feet.
Accounting for Lower Back Pain in a Car Accident Claim
Lower back injuries can be a part of the insurance claim. You may pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages during recovery
- Pain and suffering
If the insurer offers you an insufficient settlement amount for your injuries and damages, you have the option to file a lawsuit. Indiana has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident cases, so act quickly after an accident to avoid being barred from recovery.
Hensley Legal Group can help you with an insurance claim and defend your rights if necessary. To speak with a representative about your accident, call or contact us online today.