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Common Car Accident Back Injuries

People involved in car accidents routinely suffer back injuries. Such injuries often require costly, extensive medical treatment. Back injuries suffered in car accidents can also result in long-lasting pain and suffering. Luckily, if you’ve hurt your back in a car accident, you can seek financial compensation with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. In this article, we examine several common car accident back injuries. 


Whiplash is an extremely common car accident injury that causes damage to the ligaments, muscles, and tissues in the neck. It is common in rear-end accidents because the head and neck are propelled violently forward while the body stays still. Unlike some other injuries, whiplash symptoms can take hours or days to appear. Common whiplash symptoms include pain, dizziness, stiffness, fatigue, and blurred vision. Whiplash injuries can vary from mild to severe, and they routinely require victims to undergo physical therapy.

Herniated Discs

The discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine can sustain a great amount of force in an accident. Such force can cause the discs to shift, and this can result in compression of the nerves, causing victims to experience pain and numbness. This type of injury, commonly called a herniated disc injury, is usually treated with conservative, non-invasive methods. When treating a herniated disc injury, doctors often focus on physical therapy and pain relief. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary if the herniation is severe.

Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures are frequently associated with accidents involving seat belt failure. When a seat belt fails, the lower half of the body remains still, but the torso and head are violently thrown about. This can result in fractures of the spine. One type of spinal fracture is a compression fracture, which is a small fissure or cracks along the vertebrae. Spinal fracture victims often experience pain in the area of the compression fracture, with the pain increasing with breathing, sitting, or walking. In addition, victims of this type of injury may experience numbness, bladder issues, and muscle weakness. Some spinal fractures can heal with rest and immobilization, while others require surgical intervention.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Finally, the most serious back injury a car accident victim can suffer is a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury occurs when the spine is cut, bruised, or severed. Spinal cord injury victims often suffer partial or total paralysis. 

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney 

If you have suffered a back injury due to a car accident in West Virginia, you need a West Virginia personal injury attorney on your side. At Hewitt & Salvatore, our experienced personal injury attorneys will do everything in our power to ensure that you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your back injury. With Hewitt & Salvatore on your side, you can rest assured that your back injury case is in good hands. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation.