Chronic pain can affect any person's quality of life. Sometimes, victims of auto accidents in Alaska suffer delayed injuries, and by the time the symptoms appear they may not connect them to the crash. For that reason, a medical examination after any accident is crucial. Back injuries often become evident days or even weeks after a collision. The spinal column along with all the connected muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves protect the spinal cord that carries messages to the brain.
It consists of 24 vertebrae that are separated by 23 small, water balloon-like disks that serve as cushions between the hard bone of the vertebrae. The impact of a car accident can cause a disk to shift out of place, known as a bulging disk, and it could cause significant pain. A disk can also be herniated, which happens when it is punctured, and the fluid leaks out. This type of injury might require serious pain management and even surgery to repair it. Both these disk injuries can also cause pinched nerves, which could cause significant pain, and in severe cases, the pressure could prevent nerve messages from reaching the brain.
Other injuries can include soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons, and they could take time before becoming evident. Furthermore, different types of fractures of the vertebrae can occur. Such breaks can have severe consequences because they could expose the spinal cord or cause damage to it. Depending on the location of the damage, consequences could include paralysis.
Back injuries caused by auto accidents could have long-term consequences with accompanying medical expenses. For this reason, having such injuries diagnosed as soon as possible allows an injured victim to include these expenses when claims are documented to present in court through a personal injury claim. An experienced Alaska attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance to pursue financial relief to cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.