This page discusses the legal consequences of a back injury. The goal of this page is to give hope to seriously injured people. Back injuries can have long term devastating effects on peoples lives. If you suffered a back injury in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you might be looking to speak with a lawyer. This page attempts to answer some common legal questions that you may have.
This page covers the following:
- Back injury definition
- Symptoms and prognosis of back injuries
- What is the difference between a back injury and spinal cord injury?
- Who is responsible when back injuries occur?
- When should you consult with a back injury lawyer?
- What are the costs for a back injury lawyer?
- Back injury statistics
Back Injury Definition
Most people consider a back injury easy to define. Simply, your back consists of your spine (vertebrae and discs), your ribs, and the muscles in between your butt and your shoulders. Common back injuries include muscle sprains and strains, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae. The lower back is the most common site of injury. These types of injuries can be painful and limit your mobility.
Finally, though your spinal cord is located within the vertebrae in your spine, an injury to your spinal cord is generally considered far more serious, than a back injury. If you’ve suffered damage to y our spinal cord, visit our spinal cord injury page.
Symptoms and Prognosis of Back Injuries
Common symptoms of a back injury may include muscle ache, a shooting pain in your back, pain that radiates down your leg, and/or limited flexibility or range of motion. While most back injuries improve with treatment, if you think your back injury is related to an accident, schedule a consultation with a lawyer to be learn about your legal rights.
Most back injuries heal within a couple weeks, but if your doctor suspects more than just a muscle strain they may schedule an x-ray, MRI, CT scan, bone scan, or EMG to help diagnose your condition. When your doctor finally figures out what the injury entails your recovery may include anything from simple pain killers, physical therapy, or surgery. The costs of these procedures can run high and require long term care to get back to the physical condition you were before the injury occurred.
The Differences between Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Though they occur in the same general area and are often grouped together, back and spinal cord injuries are separate, scary animals. A back injury can be anything from strained muscles to broken vertebrae to herniated or slipped disks. Yes, these can be scary conditions and usually require a long road to recovery, but they are generally considered less severe than a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury can lead to nerve damage which is far more complicated and serious when it comes to recovery than most back injuries. It is critically important that you get a legal consultation if spinal cord suffered damage in an accident.
Liability for Back Injuries
Back injuries happen all of the time. When the accident is caused by someone else, they are legally required to pay for the damages that stemmed from their negligence. People can suffer back injuries from any type of accident. Whether you were involved in a traffic accident, slipped due to another’s negligence in maintaining their property, or injured from a defective product, if the injury is not your fault, you should consult with a San Diego personal injury attorney and have your case reviewed. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake.
When Should You Consult with a Lawyer?
The answer is “as soon as possible!” Why? First off, consultations are free, but more importantly, serious injury cases like this need to be discussed as close to the date of injury as possible for the best results. A back injury attorney will be able to help you get the care you need in order to make a full recovery. And while you are healing, your attorney will be able to research your case to find out who was at fault, if they have insurance, and how to handle their insurance company.
If you try to take on the potential long term care and medical treatment of a back injury by yourself, you not only run the risk of undervaluing your claim, but you also add stress which is shown to stunt the healing process. Furthermore, insurance adjusters are trained to manipulate the information so they can write you the smallest check possible. If you miss a potential avenue for recovery, you can be sure they will not bring it up. Don’t talk to them until after you have spoken with an experienced lawyer.
How Much Will a Back Injury Lawyer Cost?
The consultation is free. If you call our San Diego office, we will give you our undivided attention as we discuss the details of your case and then give you our legal perspective on it. Not a penny comes out of your pocket for this call.
On top of that, ours office is paid with a contingency fee. This means that we earn a percentage from your recovery. If you decide to hire our attorney, he will discuss this percentage with you. Also, our attorney will front the cost of your case and recover this from your settlement or verdict. Trials can get expensive, and you shouldn’t have to suffer because of that.
Back Injury Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 162,720 cases involving back injuries in 2014. The American Chiropractic Association reports back injuries as being the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office and that Americans spend at least $50 billion on back pain each year. Some relief may be taken in the fact that most cases not caused by serious conditions such as arthritis, infection, fractures or cancer, but preventable mechanical injuries (i.e. movement).