Over 82% percent of all vehicle accidents resulted in bodily injuries according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2010.
There are a multitude of injuries resulting from a vehicle accident from simple airbag burns to actual death. The most common injuries in an motor vehicle accident involve the human spine. Sprain and strain and herniated disc are the most common of the spinal injuries.
Sprain and Strain involve stretching or tearing of the tissue which is called a strain if it involves muscle and sprain if it involves ligaments. Sprain is caused by sudden and strong contraction, torsion, a direct blow, or sudden forceful straightening. Strain is partial or complete tears of the muscle tendon units sustained in forceful stretching. Temporary or permanent damage can result. Chronic pain can often develop and there may be no correlation between the magnitude of impact and degree of injury.
Herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disc is a little like a jelly doughnut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
Disc herniation can compress the spinal cord and nerves. This can result in sensory changes (touch, pinprick, temperature) motor strength, and reflex action which can become hyper-reflexive or decreased. These changes are called radiculopathy. There can also be painful chemical inflammation called radiculitis from leakage of nucleus pulposis from the disc due to disruption of the annulus.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming focus on the most common injuries results in failing to diagnosed related injuries due to the similarities of the symptoms of the injuries including traumatic brain injuries, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle, and hip. A trained and experience attorney can often identify accident related medical issues that others may miss.
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