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Spinal fractures caused by car accidents

When a Kansas resident becomes involved in a car accident, there is a chance that they could suffer a fracture, or a break, in their thoracic or lumbar spine. Because the vertebral column protects the spinal cord, any major damage to the thoracic or lumbar spine could potentially cause damage to the vertebral column.

There are certain symptoms that may indicate that a person has suffered a fracture to the thoracic or lumbar portion of their spine. The biggest indication of a spine fracture is back pain that becomes worse when the person moves. If the spinal cord suffered an injury, the injured person may experience a numbness or tingling sensation, weakness or even dysfunction in their bowels or bladder. If the person was involved in a crash that caused them to suffer a brain injury, there is a risk that the spine was also affected.

Whether or not an injured person may need surgery depends on the type of fracture and how serious the damage is. In general, if the fracture causes the spinal instability or poses the risk of further injury, the person may be required to undergo surgery. If the fractures are likely to heal on their own, an injured person will most likely be required to wear a back brace for a certain period of time.

When a person suffers a serious injury in a car crash, they are likely to be left facing expensive medical bills among other financial damages. A personal injury attorney may help the injured person develop a lawsuit against the driver who was found to be responsible for the accident. Additionally, they may gather the necessary documents to demonstrate the total amount in losses that their client actually sustained as a direct cause of the accident.

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