Back and Neck Injury Lawsuits
Back injuries are the most common reason for missed work, and among the most common complaints heard by doctors. Even in seemingly minor accidents people can severely injure their back. The force generated by even the most mild accident can sometime damage muscle, bone, the spinal cord and/or the discs between the vertebrae causing serious injury. Paralysis, temporary or life long pain, suffering and discomfort, general impairment of movement, are all possible consequences of back injury. In many instances, legal compensation may be an option.
Automobile Back Injury:
Generally, person's injured in car accidents may gain legal compensation through either their car insurance company or, in the case of a multiple car accident, the car insurance company of the other driver. However, often these amounts are not sufficient to cover both health care and loss of income which can sometimes total in the millions. In these instances, legal council should be sought.
Injuries on Public Property
Premises liability law requires that property owners keep their premises safe. For example, store owners must make sure that their floors are free of sticky or slippery substances that might cause people to fall. Also, property owners must provide adequate lighting on their premises and must make sure that all hazardous conditions are repaired promptly as well as clearly marked until they are repaired. If the property owner does not meet these standards and injuries result, he or she may be held liable.
Legal compensation for injuries that occur on public property (e.g. inside a store, directly in front of a store, or in the parking lot) are circumstance dependent.
Types of Back Injury
Spinal cord injury: If the vertebrae are broken in an accident a spinal cord injury may result. Spinal cord injuries generally cause varying degrees of incapacitation including paralysis. The severity of the incapacitation is generally determined by the location of the injury. The higher up along the spinal cord the more severe the resulting condition. Injury to the spinal column in its upper most regions, either the Cervical or Thoracic regions, generally will cause some form of paralysis, while damage to the lower regions, the Lumbar or Sacral regions, may cause loss of feeling and disrupt bladder control. Though there is still no cure for many of the consequences of spinal cord injury, researchers are currently developing methods to prevent the degeneration of damaged spinal cords in order to reduce the likelihood of death in people who have suffered spinal cord injury.
Herniated Disc. The spinal column consists of four regions that are (in descending order): the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and Sacral. The four regions are comprised of 24 vertebrae. Separating the vertebrae are pads of cartilage called discs. The discs help the spine resist injury by acting as shock absorbers. They consist of a somewhat strong exterior and a soft interior. When the spine bends, moves up and down, or side to side, they provide the necessary "give" . However, the discs can be worn and damaged through certain activities and particularly through the repetition of these activities. A herniated or "slipped" disc occurs when the tough exterior of the disc is ruptured or torn and the soft interior is exposed.
Compression Fracture. Compression fractures are when the bones of the spine itself are broken. Usually a compression fracture occurs only when the spine is severely traumatized. Older people, however, may develop a compression fracture as the result of relatively minor trauma. Generally compression fractures affect the lower back. The diagnosis for a non-spinal compression fracture is not as bad as one might expect: fortunately the vertebrae heal at a relatively rapid pace.
If you are someone you love has suffered a back injury that wasn't your fault, please contact us for a free legal consultation.
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