Back Pain is an Injury That Can Last a Lifetime
A horrific car accident may leave its victims with lacerations in their face and scalp from broken glass, whiplash, concussions, broken ribs, and post traumatic stress that lasts for weeks, months, or even years. However, one injury that may be overlooked in the aftermath of a traumatic auto collision is back pain. What can start out as just a minor injury on a long laundry list of other, more pressing injuries, can last and grow worse while the others fade from memory. Chronic back pain leaves no scars and isn’t visible to others, but, when it is very serious, its victims know no relief and have to change the way they live in order to cope with it. A back injury does not need to stem from a traumatic incident, either. It can be simply be rooted in a bad slip and fall or from work duties that required the same repetitive movements day after day, year after year. Luckily, the statute of limitation in Florida to file a personal injury claim is four years, which offers some consolation to victims that once thought their injuries were not substantial enough for compensation. If you or a loved one was injured in any sort of accident that was no fault of your own, or happened at work while you were performing your standard duties, you may be eligible to collect damages that can help pay for your past medical expenses, future surgeries, lost wages, and your considerable pain and suffering. Contact an experienced Florida attorney today for more information about how to begin the legal process of piecing together a claim.
An Injury Can Cause Acute Pain, Which May Lead to Chronic Pain
The original injury to your back may have caused tissue damage to the ligaments or muscle. If this pain lasted less than six months, it constitutes acute pain, according to Spine Health. While acute pain is a very serious medical problem in and of itself, causing stabbing pain, immobility, stiffness, and depression, the issue becomes even more complicated and fearsome if the pain persists and turns into chronic pain. The longer that acute pain lasts, the more likely its chances are of turning into long-lasting chronic pain, which is why seeking medical attention as soon as possible is key.
Complications of Chronic Back Pain
If acute pain lasts longer than half a year, it is called chronic pain. Chronic pain can have an actual physical cause or a neurological cause. There may be damage to bone, cartilage, ligaments, or muscle that causes the pain. Examples of compression types of injuries that can be remedied by spinal decompression surgery include bulging or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and the gradual loss of fluid within the spinal column. The other type of chronic pain is purely neurological. Pain pathways that developed when the injury was fresh can remain even after the actual tissue damage healed and went away. There is no sure fix for this type of pain. If you have been injured by another’s negligence, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney today with the law offices of Gillette Law, P.A. at 888-366-5904. We are happy to help you in your quest to recover compensation.