WOODBRIDGE, ALEXANDRIA, AND FREDERICKSBURG
Traumatic injury to the spine often results from:
- car accidents
- truck accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- bicycle accidents
The main categories of serious spinal injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are:
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) resulting in paralysis - quadriplegia and paraplegia;
- Myelopathy (spinal cord compression);
- Spinal Fractures
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
Auto accidents are a major cause of serious neck and back injuries in Virginia. Hundreds of people suffer spinal injuries in Fairfax, Virginia car accidents and most often are rushed to the trauma unit at Fairfax Hospital Emergency Room.
Whenever a person is seen in the emergency room with symptoms suggesting an injury to the spine, physicians order the following tests to find the anatomical cause for the patient’s symptoms:
Emergency physicians must always order x-rays as the first radiological test for a patient suspected of having a neck or back injury. X-rays show fractures, arthritis and tumors of the spine.
- CT Scans
CT scans show fractures, arthritis and disc conditions in more detail than x-rays.
MRI shows, in three dimensions, the spinal cord, spinal arthritis, herniated discs, tumors and blood clots, all of which could compress the spinal cord.
To learn more about serious neck and back injuries, consult the 3rd Edition of a book lawyers go to published by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, written by Virginia Spinal Injury Attorney Gerald Schwartz, Primer of Neck and Back Injuries for Attorneys and Staff. Part I of the book discusses Spinal Injuries. To review the book, click here.
Alexandria personal injury lawyer Gerald Schwartz has 30 years experience handling spinal injuries to the neck and back from accidents in Virginia, including Fairfax and Arlington car accidents. He is often asked by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association to teach lawyers how to handle serious injury cases.
To learn your options call Virginia Spinal Injury Lawyer Gerald Schwartz for a free consultation about your or a loved one’s neck or back injury, at 1-800-423-0055.