How Might a Rear-End Collision Injure My Back?

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You may be made a victim of a rear-end collision if a negligent driver behind you is tailgating in bumper-to-bumper traffic, driving distractedly, or otherwise. Whatever the specific circumstances surrounding your accident may be, the result may entail you injuring your back. Read on to discover how a rear-end collision might injure your back and how a seasoned New York City auto accident attorney at Mark L. Bodner, P.C. can help you afford your necessary treatments.

How is it possible for a rear-end collision to injure my back?

Aside from neck injuries, back injuries are arguably the most common result of rear-end collisions. This is true because you may not be anticipating the car behind you to forcefully crash into the rear of your car, and understandably so. In other words, you may be unable to brace your body for impact.

This may cause your spine to contort in unnatural motions upon impact. You may also quickly strike your back against your seatback upon impact. With such motions, your back may get damaged in some sort of way, whether it be a fracture, strain, sprain, or herniated disc.

How can I afford to treat my back injury?

First of all, depending on the severity of your back injury, your recommended treatment plan may be extensive. That is, it may entail the following:

  • Making appointments with orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
  • Using a back brace and other medical equipment.
  • Taking prescription painkiller medications.
  • Getting corticosteroid injections.
  • Undergoing back surgeries.

Unfortunately, such at-home treatments may also be costly, along with causing you to lose wages. It may entail the following:

  • Purchase over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Purchase a mattress, couch, chair, etc. that offers better back support.
  • Take time off of work, especially if your job requires physical labor.
  • Hire third-party services for domestic duties to avoid physical activity and lifting heavy objects.
  • Hire an at-home caregiver who can help you apply ice to your back and administer your daily medication.

You must not forgo necessary treatments simply because you fear you cannot afford them. This may just inflate the severity of your back injury and overall make it just that more difficult to reach a full recovery.

Rather, you must understand that you may be able to obtain financial compensation for these treatments in a successful personal injury claim against the negligent driver of your rear-end collision. This is in addition to potentially recovering your non-economic damages, such as the physical pain and mental suffering you had to endure in the wake of your back injury.

This is all to say that you must not suffer in silence but rather take immediate action and retain the services of a competent New York City personal injury attorney. Contact Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.