New Jersey drivers like you who get into crashes may suffer from consequences. Head, neck and back injuries are among the most common injuries that victims of crashes suffer from. All have short and long term impacts.

In particular, back injuries can end up altering your life in big ways. You may not expect it, but back pain can be much more than a speedbump in your recovery.

Back pain and work absences

Medical News Today examines how back pain impacts you over an extended period of time. Research shows that lower back pain is actually the “leading cause” of work absence. It also acts as activity limitation throughout much of the world.

In addition, back pain is incredibly expensive. A study in 2016 found that neck and low back pain totaled an estimated $87.6 billion in the healthcare industry in the United States alone. The cost stems from pain medication, physical therapy and surgery in some cases.

The cost of missing work

On top of that, if you are missing work, you are also missing out on a source of income. This is bad enough under normal circumstances. When you also have to foot medical bills, this combination is often enough to drive people like you into debt.

While 1 in 5 people with back pain recover from it, that still leaves 4 out of 5 people suffering for the long haul. Managing back pain becomes a lifelong task for sufferers. For this reason, you want to gain as much support through financial compensation as possible. This can help you balance out the expenses of medical care as you move forward in your treatments.