Rear-end collisions are common occurrences that can range from light bumper taps to seriously harmful crashes. When another vehicle strikes your car from behind, you and other passengers are particularly susceptible to injuries afflicting the neck or back.
In the event of any motor vehicle accident, you may pursue compensation for any damages or injuries you incur. Knowing some of the most common neck and back injuries that can result from a rear-end will help you prepare for filing a claim in an unfortunate scenario.
Medical experts report that more than two million Americans experience a whiplash injury each year. Whiplash is the result of a rapid extension or aggressive jostling of the neck, and it comes with feelings of pain, stiffness or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back or the neck itself.
2. Herniated Disc
A herniation refers to the discs in your back slipping out of place or tearing. When a disc shifts, it can press into the nearby nerves and cause intense pain.
3. Spinal Fracture
When you are subject to a particularly high-speed collision from the rear, you can experience a tear or compression in the lower-back region of your spinal cord. This sort of spinal fracture can result in severe pain or even paralysis in some cases.
Certain injuries, such as whiplash, only affect soft tissue and may recover naturally in a short span of time. Spinal fractures and other intense injuries can have far-reaching implications on your life. Regardless of severity, it is important to seek medical attention after any car accident and pursue the compensation you deserve.