What is causing lower back pain after a car accident?
Being involved in a car accident can lead to a wide variety of injuries from bumps and bruises to broken bones and even death. We have handled all of these types of cases too many times. But of all the cases we see, back injuries and the subsequent pain are common consequences of car collisions. If you were involved in a car accident, you may have wondered what caused your lower back pain.
What is the lower back physiology?
The lower back is made up of the five lowest vertebrae (referred to as L1-L5) and is known as the lumbar region. This complex system of joints, ligaments, and tendons is responsible for supporting much of the upper body’s weight and protecting the spinal cord.
What are some common lower back injuries?
Another type of back injury is a lumbar sprain. Lumbar sprains occur when muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn. Another common condition of the back is spinal stenosis, where a ruptured disc or bone fragment enters the spinal canal space, applying pressure to the nerves or spinal cord, which can lead to severe pain.
How much money do back injury cases settle for when bringing a personal injury claim?
It is impossible to give an average back injury settlement number in a vacuum with completely misleading victims. But here are some statistics and sample verdicts and settlement in back injury cases.
- Herniated disc injury case value
- Epidural injection case value
- Average back injury settlements in Maryland
How do doctors diagnose back injuries?
Back injuries, whether discogenic or facet joint, can be challenging to diagnose because symptoms for both types of injuries can be very similar.
How do doctors classify back pain?
Doctors classify back pain as acute, sub-acute, or chronic. Acute pain is short-term and lasts up to thirty days. Subacute pain can last one to three months, and the pain lasts for more than three months is called chronic. Most back pain is acute, and the underlying problem heals in a few days to a few weeks. About 20 percent of people affected by acute low back pain develop a chronic condition where the sufferer has persistent symptoms after one year. In car accident cases, the statistics are probably a bit higher.
What are some treatments for lower back pain?
Treatment for low back pain depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic. For acute pain, the first level treatment often begins with hot or cold packs, which may help ease pain and reduce inflammation. Doctors often recommend that back pain sufferers remain active. Individuals suffering from acute back pain are encouraged to begin stretching exercises and resume normal daily activities as soon as possible.
What are some non-traditional treatments for lower back pain?
There are several common nontraditional treatments for lower back pain including acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into precise points throughout the body. Some practitioners believe acupuncture can clear away blockages in the body’s life force known as Qi (pronounced chee). Another theory is that acupuncture causes the body to release naturally occurring painkilling chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and acetylcholine.
Is surgery an option for lower back pain?
As a last resort, lower back pain sufferers may elect to undergo surgery. Surgery is only considered an option for treatment when the pain is chronic, debilitating, and affecting the patient’s sleep or daily activities.
Maryland Back Injury Verdicts and Settlements
YEAR / STATE
CASE / INJURY SUMMARY
2020 – Maryland
A 52-year-old man was sideswiped on Route 198. He sprained and strained his cervical and lumbar spine. The man underwent four months of physical therapy. He discontinued treatment after physicians determined that he fully recovered. However, the man continued to experience residual neck and back pain. He claimed it affected his work as an HVAC technician. The man alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligent lane change caused his injuries. A Prince George’s County jury awarded him $20,001.
$20,001 – Verdict
2020 – Maryland
A 41-year-old pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Montgomery Lane in Bethesda. She sprained and strained her cervical and lumbar spines. The woman also suffered right-side bruising. She underwent chiropractic care and physical therapy. Five months later, the woman discontinued treatment after showing no symptoms. However, her neck and back pain returned several months later. She underwent chiropractic treatment and Botox and steroid injections. The woman also underwent a neck ablation. Her chiropractor testified that she could not fully recover from her injuries. The woman alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused permanent injuries. The defense admitted liability but disputed her injuries. A Montgomery County jury ruled in the woman’s favor. They awarded $75,125.
$75,125 – Verdict
2020 – Maryland
A 40-something man was rear-ended at a red light. He sprained and strained his cervical and lumbar spines. The man underwent 12 physical therapy sessions over several weeks. Following treatment, his pain seemingly resolved. However, the man’s neck and back pain returned after four months. He subsequently underwent six additional physical therapy sessions. Despite this treatment, he was left with residual neck and back pain. The man alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused permanent injuries. The defense disputed the injuries and the necessity of treatment. A Prince George’s County jury ruled in the man’s favor. They awarded $228,500.
$228,500 – Verdict
2019 – Maryland
A 50-year-old man was T-boned. He strained his cervical and lumbar spines. The man also suffered right knee pain with inflammation. He alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused his injuries. The man claimed she ran a red light, excessively sped, and failed to avoid the collision. A Baltimore City jury awarded him $8,000.
$8,000 – Verdict
2019 – Maryland
A 61-year-old woman was rear-ended at an intersection. She sprained her lumbar spine. The woman underwent physical therapy and took medications. She alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused her injuries. She claimed she failed to control her vehicle and excessively sped. The at-fault driver admitted liability. However, she disputed whether the woman’s treatments were reasonable. The Baltimore City jury awarded a $7,309 verdict.
$7,309 – Verdict
2018 – Maryland
A taxi driver struck a curb. His passenger sustained a lumbar spine injury with radiculopathy and a strained elbow. The man alleged that the taxi driver’s negligence caused these injuries. He claimed failed to control his vehicle, maintain a safe speed, and safely transport him. The taxi driver disputed the man’s allegation. He argued that a phantom driver’s negligence caused the single-vehicle collision. The taxi driver also contended that the man only suffered soft-tissue injuries. An Anne Arundel County jury ruled in the man’s favor. They awarded $968,900.
$968,900 – Verdict
2017 – Maryland
A woman was involved in a chain-reaction collision. She suffered a protruding disc with foraminal stenosis, spondylolisthesis with spondylosis to her L5-S1 disc, and scarring alopecia. The woman alleged that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused her injuries. She claimed he failed to maintain a proper lookout and carelessly swerved across multiple traffic lanes. The at-fault driver denied liability and disputed the damages. An Anne Arundel County jury ruled in the woman’s favor. They awarded $79,387.
$79,387 – Verdict
2017 – Maryland
A 37-year-old woman was rear-ended by a prison transport van. She suffered an L3-5 bulge, an L5-S1 tear, bilateral foraminal stenosis, a lumbar strain, left leg numbness, and emotional distress. The woman alleged that the transport van’s driver’s negligence caused her injuries. She claimed he tailgated her, failed to control his vehicle, and failed to timely brake. The defense disputed the damages. A Baltimore City jury awarded the woman $30,000.
$30,000 – Verdict
What should you do if you suffered a lower back injury as the result of a car collision?
If you have been injured in a car collision and have suffered a lower back injury, you need a car accident lawyer in Baltimore to help you to get the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Miller & Zois have the experience and the resources to guide you through the complicated issues that can arise out of a car collision. We and stand up to the insurance companies to fight for equitable compensation.