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Can Your Lower Back Pain Indicate That You Have a Spinal Cord Injury?


The causes of lower back pain can vary, and while many people might not suspect that a spinal cord injury might be the cause of such pain, they might be surprised to learn that spinal cord injuries are the source. 

Spinal cord injuries are commonplace after an accident, though many people might suspect that they simply might have lower back pain. According to a graph from Statista, the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. between 2015 and 2019 were vehicular accidents at 38.6%, falls at 32.2%, violence at 14%, sports at 7.8%, medical/surgical accidents at 4.2%, and other/unknown at 3.2%. 

This being said, if your back pain began after being injured in an accident, there is a chance that the source of this pain could be a spinal cord injury. For this reason, it is crucial to receive adequate, comprehensive medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. 

Could your lower back pain indicate that you have a spinal cord injury? That’s for a medical professional to examine as soon as possible. However, if you are concerned about how you’re going to afford the care that you need, you should know that if you were injured in an accident for which someone else was at fault, you are entitled to compensation that will cover all of your costs and losses. 

The spinal cord injury attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you cover the costs of the medical care that you need and building your back pain and spinal cord injury claim. We’re here to ensure that you get the highest compensation that you are entitled to so that you can recover well from the life-changing accident. 

Links Between Lower Back Pain and Spinal Cord Injuries 


The lower back is also known as the lumbar zone because this is where the lumbar spine is located. The lumbar spine is the lower end of the spine that is responsible for many different functions of supporting not only the body’s entire nervous system but the weight of the upper body, the twisting and turning of the back, and helping the lower body function as well. 

It is the muscles of the lower back that protect the spinal cord. However, what sometimes a person with a lower back injury might assume is a pulled muscle, could be a spinal cord injury. 

Lower Back Pain Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms


The symptoms of lower back pain can show signs of spinal cord injuries. If you are injured in an accident, you should have yourself thoroughly medically examined as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should go to the emergency room immediately. 

Lower back pain symptoms can be a sign of spinal cord injury if they are anything like the following: 

  • Pain that is concentrated in the lower back area 
  • Stinging or burning pain that spreads from the lower back to behind the thighs and lower parts of the body that can result in numbness or loss of feeling 
  • Pain that worsens after sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Issues with sitting, standing, or walking 
  • Issues with transitioning from sitting and standing 

Covering the Medical Costs of Spinal Cord Injuries 


Spinal cord injuries can be very costly and are a life-long financial burden for a victim of such an injury. However, if they were injured in an accident for which they were not at fault, they could file a personal injury claim against the person who caused the accident. 

Filing a personal injury claim against the party at fault will open up an investigation into the accident by the insurance companies of the parties involved. An attorney can represent you to build your case,  file your claim, and ensure that the insurance companies offer you the compensation that you deserve.  If the insurance companies don’t, you have the right to file a lawsuit against them or directly against the person at fault. 

The recoverable damages that you receive as compensation from filing your personal injury claim are intended to cover all the medical bills that have resulted from the accident and any subsequent losses. 

Compensation for injuries are also known as damages and there are two types of damages available: economic and non-economic. 

Economic damages refer to financial losses that are readily calculable based on bills and losses. Economic damages for spinal cord injuries include the following and more: 

  • Medical bills, which should cover all medical bills related to the spinal cord injury that follow the accident 
  • Lost wages, which refer to the wages lost when the spinal cord victim became unable to work
  • Loss of earning capacity, which refers to all the future financial losses that a spinal cord injury victim will incur due to the loss of their ability to work. 

Non-economic damages refer to the invaluable losses that an injured victim experiences. Non-economic damages for spinal cord injuries include the following and more: 

  • Pain and suffering, which refer to the painful experiences and losses that come with a  spinal cord injury 
  • Loss of quality of life, which refer to the losses in the day-to-day living experiences that a spinal cord injury victim faces 
  • Loss of consortium, which refers to the loss of ability to have sexual relations or children

West Coast Trial Lawyers is Here to Help


If you were involved in an accident that resulted in your spinal cord injury, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, losses, and more. The expert team of spinal cord injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to assist you every step of the way through. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that you won’t owe us a penny until we recover the compensation for your case. Contact us today by calling (213) 927 - 3700 or by emailing [email protected].

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