Neck and Back Injury Lawyer | Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Legal Representation for Victims with Back Injuries, Neck Injuries & Spinal Cord Injuries
From car crashes to work accidents, back injuries are widespread. Most back injuries occur when the muscles and ligaments are stretched beyond their capacity. This strain causes pain and inflammation that can be quite debilitating. Back pain is trying to live with because you can’t find comfort while sitting, standing, or lying down, which means you’re virtually always in pain.
A back injury, neck injury, or spinal cord injury is no laughing matter when work and your health are on the line. If someone else’s negligence caused you or someone you love suffered a back injury, neck injury or spinal cord injury, a back injury lawyer from our team of highly-qualified personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you are owed.
What are Common Causes of Back Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries?
A variety of events such as car crashes, on-the-job accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries and even medical error can cause back injuries.
One of the most common causes of a back injury or spinal cord injury is auto accidents. The impact of the crash violently throws the body in various directions. As a result, the crash forces vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments out of their natural position.
In addition to auto accidents, activities that put too much strain on your back muscles, vertebrae, or ligaments have the potential to cause a back injury. The severity of the injury depends on several factors, some of which include the forces involved, weight involved, the position of the body at the time of injury, your age, and more.
Back Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Basics
A long column of 33 bones comprises the spine. There are ligaments and soft tissue that hold the bones together to create the range of motion we have in our back. Several muscles extend in various directions from our spine, and any of these 33 vertebrae, ligaments, tissue, or muscles can sustain an injury following a traumatic event. Back injuries are usually classified by the area of the back that hurts:
- Upper Back Pain: The upper back includes the cervical vertebrae and the supporting muscles and ligaments. Upper back injuries are often referred to as neck injuries.
- Middle Back Pain: The middle back includes the thoracic vertebrae and the supporting muscles and ligaments.
- Lower Back Pain: The lower back includes the lumbar vertebrae and the supporting muscles and ligaments.
In certain situations, even a small amount of trauma to the back can lead to paralysis, nerve damage, chronic pain, and other painful symptoms. A victim could potentially face years of medical problems.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is damaged, severed, pinched, or in any way injured. It can result in full or partial loss of sensation and motor control from the neck down. This may result in an injured person being paralyzed below the waist (known as paraplegic) or below the neck (known as quadriplegic).
The spinal cord is composed of a bundle of nerves that are encased within the spinal column. These nerves are responsible for carrying messages from the brain to the body and vice-versa, making them imperative. Since these nerves play such a central role in transmitting information to nearly every part of the body, any injury to the cord can be devastating.
If there is too much damage to this vital bundle of nerves, the injury may even be fatal.
What are the types of Back Injuries?
Spondylolisthesis and Cervical Radiculopathy are the two main types of back injuries?
What is Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra slips, in most cases, at the base of the spine. The condition is a defect or breaks in one or both wing-shaped parts of a vertebra. Often, this results in the slipping backward, forward or over a bone beneath.
What is Cervical Radiculopathy?
This condition is nerve damage or another disturbance to nerve function. The damage compresses the cervical vertebrae. Depending on the site of the injury, damage to the nerve roots can cause pain, weakness, and loss of sensation in the neck, arms, or shoulders.
How are Back Injuries Classified?
The term back injury is a general term that envelops injuries that affect each part of the back. Your specific injury is unique to your situation. There are several types of back injuries a person may experience, including but not limited to:
Work-Related Lower Back Injury:
Lower back injuries are often the result of picking up something heavy, pulling, bending or twisting in a direction that causes strain or sprain. If this occurs while on the jobs, a worker may bring a workers compensation claim for the injury.
Work Related Upper Back Injury:
Upper back injuries may result from picking up something heavy. Additionally, these injuries can occur by twisting your body in a direction that causes strain or sprain, extreme stress, or repetitive motion. Some of the more common upper back injuries are tension-neck syndrome, shoulder impingement syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and rotator cuff tendinitis.
Back injuries often cause inflammation that creates very tender or sore spots along the spine where muscles meet ligaments. Stretched ligaments cause serious pain that may require several months to heal fully.
A broken back is an injury in which the vertebrae are fractured or dislocated. This injury is often the result of a motor vehicle accident or fall.
Whiplash is a condition in which forceful pulling and pushing of the vertebrae in the upper neck result in unnatural positions. The whip-like motion is where the condition gets its name.
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, a bulging disc or a ruptured disc, are very painful. The jelly-like substance from inside one of the fibrous discs that cushion the bones of the vertebrae is forced out of its natural position or ruptures. When the vertebrae are forced from its place, it often intrudes into the spinal nerves. A herniated disc can cause significant pain, numbness, weakness, or nerve pain or pressure. Herniated discs are a common cause of ongoing back pain that may require surgery to correct.
Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal cord that most often results in what many people refer to as a pinched nerve.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. This particular injury occurs for a variety of reasons. The spine tries to compensate for the initial curve in the spine. This means that the spine curves in the opposite direction below the initial curve.
A compression fracture is the structural collapse of vertebrae. Often caused by osteoporosis or trauma, victims tend to experience mild to severe pain depending on the severity of the fracture.
Traumatic events like a car or trucking accident generally cause vertebral fractures.
Why Hire a Back Injury Lawyer for a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Hiring a back injury lawyer to assist your spinal cord injury lawsuit in the following ways:
- Level the playing field: Insurance companies have experienced professionals who know how to diminish or deny claims. A back injury lawyer can level the odds or place them in your favor.
- Calculate all damages: There are a variety of damages available. However, not all of which are easy to keep track of or calculate. A back injury lawyer will make sure you know the full value of your claim.
- Negotiate fair settlements: Insurers are expert negotiators and can take advantage of you if you are not careful. Experienced attorneys can match negotiation ability and help you get a fair settlement.
- Ensure adequate medical care: Although doctors determine your medical care, advice from a back injury lawyer can encourage you to seek out the right level of treatment and ask the right questions about your future medical needs.
- Pursue all your legal claims: Depending on your back injury, you may have a legal cause of action against multiple parties. Attorneys can also help with workers compensation should the injury occur on the job.
- File a lawsuit: An attorney should handle any personal injury lawsuit, and back injury claims are no exception. A back injury lawyer will support your case with proper evidence, experts, and legal standards.
Why The Carlson Law Firm is the Right Choice for You
If you were the victim of an incident that left you suffering from a back injury or spinal cord injury, you might be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering, and even future medical bills. At The Carlson Law Firm, we have attorneys, nurses, and investigators who specialize in not only helping you physically but helping to prove negligence also. Our goal is to get you the best result possible. A back injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you get on the road to recovery with a spinal cord injury lawsuit.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We care, we can help.