Florida neck and back injuries are the most common problems people face after an auto accident in Tampa. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, car accidents are a major cause of neck and back pain — even when there is no apparent injury.
If you or a loved one have experienced Florida neck and back injuries due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the injury lawyers at Denmon Pearlman Tampa can help you.
What is Whiplash?
“Whiplash” is officially called a neck sprain or a neck strain and is considered a soft tissue injury. However, according to the North American Spine Society, whiplash may also cause myriad other problems — including headaches and even lower back pain.
Approximately 120,000 Americans each year seek medical treatment for whiplash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rear-end collisions are a common cause of whiplash, as these often cause the sudden jerking motion of someone’s head that leads to this type of soft tissue injury, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Limited range of motion in the neck
- Increased pain when moving the neck
- Headaches, especially those that start at the base of the skull
- Pain and/or tenderness in the upper back, arms, and shoulders
- Numbness and/or tingling in the arms
Less common (but still possible) symptoms of whiplash include:
- Sleeping problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory problems
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears (a.k.a. tinnitus)
While the symptoms of whiplash often show up about a day after an auto accident in Tampa, they can show up later, according to the Mayo Clinic. While most people with a neck sprain or strain are back to their normal activities within a few weeks, others may continue to suffer for months or even years.
Other Florida Neck and Back Injuries
Lumbar sprains are a possibility after Florida car accidents and occur when a sudden and excessive force causes the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back to stretch too much, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The intensity of the pain and its effects on someone’s daily activities depend on multiple factors, including the general health of the person before the sprain occurred.
Herniated discs can also be caused by auto accidents in Tampa. Such injuries affect your backbone, which has discs between the vertebrae that serve as cushions against trauma. However, a sudden jolt from a car accident can rupture one or more discs and cause back pain. While a skilled doctor can often diagnose a herniated or “bulging” disc through a simple exam, sometimes an MRI is required, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Fractures or “broken bones” can also occur after a car accident in Tampa. When it comes to the neck and back, the location and intensity of the break is critical to the level of treatment required and the outcome, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Fractures that do not require emergency treatment can still cause moderate to severe pain, especially when the vertebrae are involved.
Treatment Options and Outcomes
Treatment options and outcomes are as varied as the types and degrees of Florida neck and back injuries. Mild cases of whiplash and lumbar sprains may resolve themselves after a few days. Some types of injuries to the neck and back may require a few weeks or months of physical therapy. Others can cause partial or complete loss of mobility in some areas, especially with severe fractures. Surgery may be immediately needed (such as in the event of a serious Tampa car accident where someone has sustained a severe spinal fracture) or may be optional in the future (i.e. for some types of herniated or “bulging” discs). Others may live with chronic neck and/or back pain for months, years, or even the rest of the lives.
Getting immediate and proper medical treatment is essential, even if you think the pain is minor. The minutes, hours, days, and weeks after an auto accident in Tampa are not the time to try to be tough.
A good Tampa personal injury attorney can fight with the insurance companies to ensure your past, present, and future medical bills related to your auto accident are covered. You may also be entitled to compensation for lost work time as well as pain and suffering.
Denmon Pearlman Has Florida Neck and Back Injuries Attorney Ready to Help You
After experiencing Florida neck and back injuries, the last thing you want to do is handle the onslaught of calls, letters, and perhaps visits to your home or workplace. Having someone else deal with all these demands is a great reason to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Tampa today.
Denmon Pearlman is one of the most respected and successful law firms in the Tampa Bay area. We settle most of our cases involving Florida neck and back injuries out of court, but we also have decades of combined experience taking personal injury cases to trial — and winning.
Our no-cost, no-obligation, initial consultation will focus on how one of our experienced Florida auto accident lawyers can help you and your family get the financial compensation to which you are entitled. We only get paid when you do. Everything will be clearly explained in a written contract if you decide you want to work with one of our Tampa personal injury attorneys.
Don’t wait and don’t try to get through this on your own. Fill out the Contact Us form or call 1-813-530-1087 today. Denmon Pearlman is available 24/7, and often we can send someone to you or do a video conference call online. Of course, you can schedule your initial consultation at our Tampa location.