Multiple Spinal Fractures – St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
If you have sustained multiple spinal fractures due to a car accident, The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight to get compensation for your injuries.
Everyday, thousands of people are injured in side-impact, head-on and rear-end car accidents. There are a number of injuries due to these accidents, but back injuries are one of the most common. They range in type and severity, and the range of treatments just a varied.
Spinal fractures, fractured vertebrae, broken vertebrae, herniated discs, and spinal cord damage are some of the injuries, with medical treatments being very costly.
If you or a loved one have sustained a fractured vertebrae or a spinal fracture in a vehicle accident due to another’s recklessness or negligence, you deserve to pursue compensation for all of your injuries and the costs associated with them.
What is a Spinal Fracture?
The human back is an amazing network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are interwoven around vertebrae, discs and the spinal cord itself. But when a person is involved in a car accident, one or more of these parts can be injured and any injury to the back can be serious.
A spinal fracture is type of fracture in the vertebrae of the spine that can cause bone fragments to damage the spinal cord or nerves in the spine. They are a common car accident injury and they range from mild bruising to debilitating spinal cord damage. When there are multiple spinal fractures, the injury is typically serious. They are generally very painful and can make walking difficult and in some cases, cause difficulty in moving arms or legs, even cause paralysis.
If you have injured your back in an auto accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. If an injury is not promptly treated, it can become worse, causing further injury.
What Causes a Spinal Fracture?
When there is extreme force or pressure applied to the spine, it may be too much for the bone within the vertebral column to support. The force causes the front of the vertebrae to fracture. If the entire vertebrae breaks, it can result in what is called a burst fracture.
When the force or pressure is excessive, the injury can affect the spinal cord or nerve roots. The side effects of such a serious injury can cause extreme pain and loss of feeling in arms and legs.
When there is any kind of impact, especially when a car is moving at a high speed and is struck by another moving car, the affect on the body can be severe enough to cause multiple spinal fractures.
Treatment for Spinal Fractures
Some spinal fractures are treated with immobilization in some type of brace for as many as 12 weeks. This reduces the pain and will prevent deformity of the spine.
Other types of spinal fractures need to be treated with surgery. For example, vertebroplasty is a newer surgical procedure where a special type of bone cement is injected into the vertebrae that is damaged.
In some cases the broken vertebrae is surgically removed and replaced with a plate, screws or cage.
There is always some risk associated with these types of surgery. Some of these risks include nerve damage, infection, and stiffness. So even if surgery is required, there is no guarantee that the victim will have a complete recovery. Additionally, the cost of surgery, therapy and rehabilitation can take a toll on a victim both physically and financially.
Contact a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal fracture injury due to a car accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. now by calling (314) 361-4242 or by filling out our online contact form. We will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve following a serious car accident injury.