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Millions of people suffer from back and neck pain caused by car accidents. Our Fairfax auto accident attorneys know that some neck and back injuries are minor, but others are far more serious and life threatening.

While nothing can take away the pain of a traumatic injury or the loss of a loved one, our attorneys can ensure families receive compensation for their losses, helping them recover and rebuild their lives. Our past clients have learned to put their trust in our proven ability as recognized leaders in personal injury law to achieve results. Your tragedy becomes our tragedy, and we dedicate our attorneys' experience to advocate for the legal rights of all of our clients and their families.

So how do you know if you have a back or neck injury? Pain is the most common symptom. Some injuries affect people for only a short period of time, usually around 6 weeks. Doctors refer to this type of pain to the neck or back as an “acute” injury. Other times, the pain lasts much longer and leaves injury victims unable to work or do little else. This is “chronic” pain.

Auto accidents might lead to the following types of back and neck injuries:

  • Whiplash Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma.

    Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash recover within a few months after a course of pain medication, exercise and other treatments. Some people experience chronic neck pain and other ongoing complications.

    Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries.

  • Sprained neck The seven bones of the spinal column in your neck (cervical vertebrae) are connected to each other by ligaments and muscles--strong bands of tissue that act like thick rubber bands. A sprain (stretch) or tear can occur in one or more of these soft tissues when a sudden movement, such as a motor vehicle collision or a hard fall, causes the neck to bend to an extreme position.

    All sprains or strains, no matter where they are located in the body, are treated in a similar manner. Neck sprains, like other sprains, will usually heal gradually, given time and appropriate treatment. You may have to wear a soft collar around your neck to help support the head and relieve pressure on the ligaments so they have time to heal. Most symptoms of neck sprain will go away in 4 to 6 weeks. However, severe injuries, may take longer to heal completely.

  • Pinched nerve or disc painIn identifying the cause of pain, there are two general terms for spinal disc problems used by physicians:

    Pinched nerve. When a patient has a symptomatic herniated disc, the disc itself is not painful, but rather the material that is leaking our of the inside of the disc is pinching or irritating a nearby nerve. This type of pathology produces pain called radicular pain (e.g., nerve root pain) leading to pain that may radiate to other parts of the body, such as from the low back down the leg or from the neck down the arm. Leg pain from a pinched nerve is usually described as sciatica. This nerve root pain is called a herniated disc. Other common causes of a pinched nerve may include spinal stenosis and bone spurs from spinal arthritis.

    Disc pain. When a patient has a symptomatic degenerated disc (one that causes low back pain and/or leg pain), it is the disc space itself that is painful and the source of pain. This type of pain is typically called axial pain. Disc space pain is called degenerative disc disease.

    Either of the two conditions listed above can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper) or lumbar (lower) spine. They tend to be most common in the lower back because the lower back bears the most torque and force on a day-to-day basis.

Spinal Cord Injury

When someone sustains a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident in Fairfax, the consequences can sometimes be very severe. Many different types of accidents can result in a spinal cord injury. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents, sports and recreation injuries, falls, alcohol, diseases, and acts of violence. 

The ability to control your limbs after spinal cord injury depends on two factors: the place of the injury along your spinal cord and the severity of injury to the spinal cord.

The lowest part of your spinal cord that functions normally after injury is referred to as the neurological level of your injury. The severity of the injury is often called "the completeness" and is classified as either of the following:

  • Complete. If almost all feeling (sensory) and all ability to control movement (motor function) are lost below the spinal cord injury, your injury is called complete.
  • Incomplete. If you have some motor or sensory function below the affected area, your injury is called incomplete. There are varying degrees of incomplete injury

Additionally, paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as:

  • Tetraplegia. Also known as quadriplegia, this means your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury.
  • Paraplegia. This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

In certain extreme cases, the injury victim might die, which could be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Knowing what to do after such a severe accident can be confusing, but we can help. The experienced attorneys at our Fairfax personal injury law firm have dealt with many serious spinal cord injury accidents. Using a team of experienced experts, we know how to research such cases and find the facts that some lawyers might overlook. These critical pieces of evidence can often be the difference between a routine settlement and a larger payment that covers the true cost of your injury accident.

If you've suffered a neck or back injury as a result of an accident in Virginia, you need knowledgeable and experienced Virginia Back Injury Attorneys on your sideThe lawyers at Weiner, Spivey & Miller are recognized leaders in Back Injury law. We believe people who have been injured should have their questions answered so they can make good decisions. For a free consultation, please contact the personal injury attorneys of Weiner, Spivey & Miller at (703) 273-9500 or send us an email at [email protected] to learn if you have a personal injury case.


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