A serious car accident can lead to a host of significant injuries that can change your life forever. One such injury is a spinal compression fracture. This injury requires extensive treatment and can lead to pain and suffering, high medical bills, lost wages, a lower quality of life and much more.
Per the health experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, this injury can lead to:
- A reduction in overall movement and mobility
- Back pain that they describe as incapacitating
- A general drop in your overall health in the wake of the accident
As you can see, this is nothing that you want to take lightly. It can absolutely change your life and may even make you feel like you're living with a disability. Any bone fracture is painful and traumatic, but these spinal injuries are especially so.
While there are a number of diseases and disorders that can make spinal compression fractures more likely, those experts at Cedars-Sinai note that trauma is often the main reason for both severe and minor injuries. They list potential trauma sources such as:
- A fall from heights
- Landing hard after a forceful jump
- Getting into a car accident
They also note that it can happen with "any event that stresses the spine past its breaking point." All it takes is a split second of this severe pressure to leave you with massive back injuries.
If this happens to you, it is crucial that you know what legal rights you may have to compensation from the driver who caused the crash. This can help cover your medical bills and related costs.