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Auto accidents are not always as simple as they appear. Even when it seems obvious who is to blame, there can be factors involved that you are not aware of and those factors can have a big impact on your case.

A defective vehicle is often the true cause of an accident. This is most common in SUV rollovers, but can happen in any type of vehicle. Faulty tires, brakes, steering systems, and other components can cause an accident to occur. Even in accidents that truly were the fault of one or more drivers, vehicular defects can make injuries far worse than they had to be Learn more about common causes of accidents.

Accidents can also be caused by defective roadways. Faulty traffic signals are a good example. They can make it appear as if someone must have run a red light, when really neither driver was to blame. In some cases, if the defect that caused the accident is not revealed, an innocent driver can even face criminal charges and wind up in jail. That driver could be you if you do not have an attorney with the experience and knowledge to properly investigate the case.

 

 

 Types of Back Injuries

There are several different categories of back injuries, including:

Bulging and ruptured disks: Your lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (L1 – L5). Between each vertebra is a disk that might be imagined as a jelly donut with a fibrous material surrounding a gel-like center. If your lower back sustains trauma, this can cause your fibrous material to bulge. In extreme circumstances, your bulging disk may rupture, allowing the gel-like substance to leak out. The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk are shooting pain or numbness into the buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Treatment can include rest, physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, injections, and surgery.

Fractured vertebrae: A fractured vertebra occurs when there is a break in one or more of the five lumbar vertebrae. There are several different places and types of fractures. Your lumbar vertebrae may break in the front (anterior) or back (posterior) as a result of motor vehicle accidents or falls. Compression fractures occur in the front while the back of your lumbar remains intact. Rotational forces cause transverse process fractures, and a flexion fracture arises when your lumbar is pulled apart. 

Lumbar ligament sprains: This injury is the result of the unnatural stretching and tearing of your lumbar ligament, the band of tissue connecting two lumbar discs

Varying Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are also classified by their depth. The treatment for a serious burn injury can take years, cost thousands of dollars and require extensive, multiple surgeries. The location of your burn is also prone to infection and must be carefully taken care of. In severe cases, a burn injury can damage your nerves and affect other body parts and bodily functions.

The degrees of burns are:
First-degree burns: These burns affect the outer layer of your skin, called your epidermis. Symptoms include redness, pain and swelling. First-degree burns usually heal in a week, the most common being mild sunburn.

Second-degree burns: With this burn, the first layer of your skin has been burned through to your second layer, called your dermis. Symptoms include blisters, severe redness, and severe pain and swelling.

Third-degree burns: These severe burns destroy your first and second layer of skin, burning down to your third layer called your subcutaneous. Symptoms include skin that appears white, black or leathery. With third-degree burns, your skin’s nerve endings may have been destroyed, so you may not feel pain. But the skin surrounding your burn can be incredibly painful. These severe burns and the pain associated with them can cause a rapid pulse and difficulties breathing.