Neck and Back Pain After a Car Accident

Bridgeview Law Firm Aids Clients with Neck and Back Pain After a Car Accident

Illinois attorneys pursue compensation for individuals hurt in crashes

Neck and back pain after a car accident may be a sign of serious injury that could require expensive medical treatment. At Skinner Law Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview, we advocate for people who have sustained injuries in accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers. We work to help clients get payment for medical costs, lost wages if they can’t work because of their injuries and other damages. Our experienced Illinois law firm serves clients suffering from collision-related neck and back pain throughout Cook County and the surrounding areas.

How car accidents cause neck and back pain

The sheer speed and force involved in sudden auto accidents can cause the head and neck to be thrown or “whipped” violently back and forth. This forceful whiplash motion causes neck and back pain and can damage bones in the cervical spine, spinal discs, facet joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles in the neck and back. Whiplash injuries are most commonly caused by rear-end crashes. If you’ve been rear-ended and injured because an unsafe driver followed you too closely, we can examine the circumstances and counsel you about a possible legal claim.

Common causes of neck and lower back pain after a car accident

In addition to whiplash, car accidents can cause a range of other injuries to the neck and lower back including:

  • Lumbar sprains and strains — The lumbar region of the back includes the five largest vertebrae in the spine and strong muscles and ligaments that support the body’s weight. Injuries to this area cause pain, swelling, restricted movement and other problems.  
  • Spinal stenosis — Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and leading to pain, numbness and tingling. It can develop or worsen from a car accident.
  • Herniated discs — The impact from crashes can cause the discs that cushion the spine to herniate, or rupture. When they herniate and the soft inner part of the disc bulges out through the harder exterior, it causes severe neck and back pain..
  • Facet joint injuries — Facet joints connect the bones of the spine, allowing the spine to bend and twist. Injuries to them result in pain to the affected area. If a facet joint injury is in the neck, you might be unable to turn your head and could experience headaches.

Treatments for neck and back injuries can include surgery, physical therapy, injections, drugs and other interventions, which can be expensive. If you’re wondering when to hire a car accident attorney following a crash, consider doing it right away. The sooner we learn about your case, the sooner we may be able to get you compensation for medical bills and other costs.

What if your back pain is delayed?

Back pain doesn’t always show up immediately after a car accident. Delayed back pain from accidents is not uncommon and can show up days, weeks or even months later. In these cases, insurers often try to deny claims by saying your pain was not due to the accident. If you have delayed pain, call our firm to speak with a back and neck injury accident lawyer. Attorney Steven E. Skinner II has extensive experience handling car accident injury claims and knows how to take on insurance companies who try to save money at the expense of injured people.

Contact a Bridgeview car accident lawyer when you’ve suffered a back or neck injury

Skinner Law Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview helps Illinois residents pursue financial recoveries when they have sustained neck and back injuries in car accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 312-635-6459 or contact us online.

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