Neck and back injuries

Kansas City Back Injury Lawyer


The back is a complex and essential structure made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and joints. Depending on the severity of the injury, back damage can result in severe pain, making it tough to move and enjoy regular activities. There can be various reasons for back pains, including but not limited to:

If your back pain was caused by someone's negligent or reckless conduct, you might be entitled to reimbursement. You must consult with an experienced Kansas City back injury attorney as quickly as feasible to discuss your situation and pursue any possible claim before the Statute of Limitations expires.

The team of Kansas City Mo injury attorneys at McCollum Injury Law Firm has helped many accident clients recover the settlement they deserve. We have assisted our clients in recovering damages for accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other costs.


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Types of Back Injuries


Some of the most frequent accident-related back damages include spinal cord damage, fractured vertebrae,  herniated disks, sprains or strains, and whiplash. If you have been hurt in a car accident, it is often hard to tell the difference of what is a muscle strain and what is a more severe injury.

Following an accident, if you experience any back pain, even if minor, go to a medical professional and get checked. It is crucial to undergo diagnostic testing of CT scans and x-rays to diagnose the cause of your pain and obtain any required treatment.

Spinal cord injuries are distinguished by trauma to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, or the spinal cord.

The force from a wreck can cause vertebrae to be shattered, crushed, or dislocated, and your spinal cord severed in severe cases. The spinal cord damage may cause bleeding or swelling in the canal. Results of spinal cord injury may include:

  • Lack of the capacity to move some or all of your body beneath the spinal cord damage
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
  • Loss or change in sexual function
  • Pain, tingling, and numbness in the extremities
  • Muscle spasms

Herniated Discs

The expression "herniated disc" in some ways is a medical term of art. Various physicians use different words, including "bulging disc,"  "ruptured disc," "slipped disc," or "pinched nerve," for what is basically the same thing. 

A disc is a rubbery pad that divides the vertebrae in your spine. Discs have a firm outer shell and a gelatinous core. Their objective is to act as shock absorbers and give you flexibility in your spine. A disc herniation occurs when the exterior becomes splits, and some of the core gel bulges out from the center.

Symptoms of a disc herniation disc:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Weakness in the muscles caused by nerve impingement

Herniated discs can swell and destroy nearby nerves.  The discs may continue to deteriorate and cause more discomfort and problems if not adequately treated. You may not immediately feel the signs of a herniated disc. Still, as soon as you do, you should see a doctor and make sure to document your damage and medical bills so that an injury lawyer can help you claim compensation.

Strains and Sprains

Back and neck stains or sprains are among the most common types of damages seen in car collisions.

A sprain occurs when ligaments are pulled or torn. A strain results when muscles or tendons are strained or torn.  Sprains and strains can be very uncomfortable and limit your range of motion. You may find yourself incapable of working or performing routine daily tasks. It may need weeks or longer to recover.

Fractured Vertebrae

Spinal fractures can vary in severity, and most generally occur in the thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar spinal (lower back). Cracks of the vertebrae can be caused by a forceful trauma or external force such as a car collision or fall from a height. There are three kinds of spinal fractures flexion (compression), extension, and rotation. Symptoms of spinal fractures include:

  • Pain that worsens with movement.
  • Pain in the middle and lower portion of the back.
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the extremities.
  • Sudden start of back pain.
  • Limited mobility.

A physical exam, in combination with tests, can ascertain whether or not you have a spinal fracture. While some fractures may improve with the use of back bracing, a surgical operation may be necessary for more complicated cases.


Whiplash is a type of injury generally experienced when you're involved in a motor vehicle collision, such as a rear-end collision. The force can cause your head to snap back and forth, which causes the muscles and ligaments in your neck to extend past their natural range of motion.

Though most manifestations of whiplash develop within 24 hours of the event causing the damage, sometimes it can take longer to manifest. After a few days, many symptoms should subside, but they can last for several weeks. In rare cases, people can endure chronic symptoms.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck soreness and stiffness
  • Pain in the neck or upper back
  • Feeling tired

In some cases of severe whiplash, there may be injuries to the joints, discs, cervical muscles,  ligaments, and nerves of the neck or upper back. You should seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms. Your physician can use an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to evaluate any potential damage to the soft tissue, spinal cord, or nerves.

 The team of Kansas City Mo injury attorneys at McCollum Injury Law Firm has helped many accident clients recover the settlement they deserve. We have assisted our clients in recovering damages for accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other costs.