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Lumbar spine sprains after a car accident can be painful, and sometimes, debilitating. Recovering from such an injury can be costly and require time off from work. If you sustained a lumbar spine injury from a car accident, the course of action you take can have an impact on the outcome of your claim.

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Car accidents can cause a variety of lumbar spine injuries due to the force of impact and the body's sudden movement. These injuries can vary in severity and complexity. They often include:

  • Lumbar sprains and strains: These are injuries to the muscles and ligaments in the lower back. They occur when these tissues are overstretched or torn due to the sudden, forceful movement during a collision.
  • Lumbar radiculopathy: This is a condition where nerve roots in the lumbar spine are compressed or irritated. It often leads to sciatica, which is pain that radiates from the lower back down into the legs.
  • Herniated or bulging discs: The impact of a car accident can cause the discs between the vertebrae in the lumbar spine to bulge or rupture. A herniated disc can press on spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the back and legs.
  • Lumbar fractures: These are breaks in the vertebrae of the lower back and can range from minor compression fractures to more severe burst fractures. Such fractures can be dangerous and may lead to spinal instability or nerve damage.
  • Spinal cord injury: In severe cases, a car accident can cause damage to the spinal cord in the lumbar region. This can lead to partial or complete paralysis below the site of the injury.
  • Facet joint injuries: Facet joints in the spine can be jarred or jolted in a collision. This can lead to pain and stiffness in the lower back.

Treatment for lumbar spine injuries varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. Here's an overview of common treatment options for lumbar spine injuries:

  • Rest and activity modification: Initially, rest and avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain are recommended. However, prolonged inactivity is not advisable as it can lead to muscle weakness and worsen back pain.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can teach exercises to strengthen back and core muscles, improve flexibility, and increase spinal stability.
  • Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g., ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen) can help manage pain and inflammation. For more severe pain, a doctor may prescribe stronger medications.
  • Heat and cold therapy: Applying heat or cold can relieve pain and inflammation. Cold packs are useful for reducing swelling and numbing the area in the first 24-48 hours after an injury. Heat therapy is used to relax muscles and improve blood flow.
  • Epidural steroid injections: For severe pain or inflammation corticosteroid injections near the affected nerves can provide temporary relief.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to relieve pain and improve function. This can be particularly effective for some types of back pain.
  • Acupuncture: This traditional Chinese medicine technique involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It can be effective for pain relief.
  • Bracing or support devices: In some cases, wearing a brace or support can help stabilize the lumbar spine and relieve pain.
  • Surgery: Surgery is usually considered only when other treatments have failed and if there's significant nerve damage, chronic pain, or structural issues. Common procedures include discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion.

The average payout for a back injury in a personal injury case can differ. It's difficult to provide an exact average figure because back injury settlements and awards depend on the specifics of each case. However, the key factors that influence your back pain personal injury settlement include:

  • The severity of your back Injury.
  • Current and future medical expenses.
  • Lost wages and earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Impact on your quality of life.
  • Liability and negligence.

Depending on which state you’re in, fault can play a role in how much money you’re eligible for. No matter which state you’re in, if you’re not at all at fault, you can be compensated for the fullest extent of your damages. But what if you contributed some degree of fault to a car accident?

If you’re in a state that uses the contributory negligence rule, you’ll be barred from seeking compensation from the other driver’s insurance company if you contributed any fault. This rule is only used in Alabama, The District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.

In a pure comparative negligence state, you can recover damages even if you’re 99% at fault. However, your compensation reduces by your percentage of fault. For example, if your damages equal $100,000 and you’re found 80% at fault, you’re only entitled to $20,000 in compensation.

Modified comparative negligence states work the same way, except drivers are barred from recovering damages if they’re 50% or 51% at fault.

If you’re in a state that uses the no-fault system, you can recover damages from your personal injury protection (PIP) policy, regardless of who is at fault. However, you would need to pursue a claim against the other driver’s insurance company if your damages exceed your PIP policy limit.

There’s a lot at stake when pursuing a lumbar spine injury car accident claim. While you’re facing a long and costly recovery, the other driver’s insurance company may use every trick up their sleeve to reduce their payout. That includes shifting the blame onto you or offering a lowball settlement that only pays for a fraction of your damages.

When you hire a Law.com Premier Car Accident Lawyer, they’ll make sure that your rights are protected every step of the way. They’ll thoroughly investigate your crash and gather strong evidence to negotiate for a fair settlement.

Plus, you won’t have to pay any initial fees when hiring a Premier Attorney. They work on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay if they successfully recover damages on your behalf. Plus, there’s no obligation to hire a lawyer. Get started on your claim today! Contact a lawyer near you for a free consultation.

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