Can I Get Compensated for Neck and Back Pain After an Accident?

Neck and back pain are among the most commonly reported car accident injuries. The high-intensity impact of an auto accident can cause fractures, whiplash, bruises and other injuries that may not be immediately visible. Such injuries may cause long-term pain and suffering and may complicate the victim’s professional and personal life. 

If you were injured, don’t wait to seek compensation alongside a skilled car accident lawyer at Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock, P.C. We fight for the victims who have been wrongfully hurt due to another’s negligent actions and can help you learn more about possible recompense. 

Types of Neck and Back Pain Caused By Auto Accidents

Auto accidents can result in severe, life-changing disabilities, especially when they involve large trucks such as semis. The victim may never fully recover from their injuries, which can include health complications impacting their neck and back. Whiplash is the most common cause of neck and back pain in an accident. While it’s not a medical term, whiplash refers to cervical acceleration-deceleration, which occurs when the head whips back and forth during an impact. Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end collisions. 

Unfortunately, whiplash frequently leads to chronic pain and neck stiffness, so injured victims need to seek medical attention at the soonest opportunity. Doing so allows you to not only heal but also pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. 

There are several common neck and back injuries caused by auto accidents, and they may involve ligaments, bones, muscle tissues, joints and nerves. Car crash victims may develop the following complications: 

  • Fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as a sprain
  • Herniated disk
  • Spinal stenosis

While some injuries may immediately cause symptoms that disrupt your life, other injuries can take days or even weeks to become apparent. During this time, you should be working alongside an experienced car accident lawyer to determine what damages you may be able to recover.

How Back and Neck Injuries are Compensated

After an accident, victims may experience physical and mental suffering and a decreased quality of life. Neck and back pain is more than simply the symptoms you experience: you may face medical expenses, a loss of productivity and emotional damage as a result. An attorney can help you learn which damages may be uncovered depending on your specific circumstances: 

  • Economic Damages. Also referred to as special damages, economic damages are easy to quantify and include costs of medical care, lost income and other relevant costs. You’ll want to keep any medical bills, receipts and other information that can help our attorneys demonstrate the quantitative cost of the accident. 
  • Non-Economic Damages. As its name suggests, non-economic damages are general damages that may be more difficult to define. These damages involve complications that do not cost money but still compromise your quality of life. Examples include trauma and emotional suffering as a result of your injuries. Record your emotional and physical condition and keep information related to therapy visits to help support your call for recompense. 

In order to seek fair compensation, cooperate with your doctors and record the state of your health every day. We’ll use this information to build a solid case in your favor. 

Contact an Attorney

If you sustained back or neck injuries in an auto accident, you deserve to seek compensation alongside an experienced attorney. When you were inquired due to someone’s carelessness, Tanzillo, Stassin & Babcock P.C. fights for your entitled benefits. Call our firm today to schedule a consultation.