Back injuries are one of the most common types of injuries affecting Americans. In fact, an estimated 31 million Americans are suffering from back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Back pain can be complicated. Damage to any of the bones, muscles, ligaments, discs and other structures in the spine or back may cause pain and other symptoms. These structures are especially susceptible to injuries in a car accident. If you are experiencing back pain after a car accident, you might be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
We can help. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Levy Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, can explain your legal options and help get your settlement as quickly as possible. Let us handle matters for you and assist you with the claims or lawsuit process so you so you can focus on recovery. Contact our office today to schedule a FREE consultation.
Why are back injuries so common with car accidents?
A massive impact can certainly hurt your back, but sometimes even just a tweak in the wrong direction can cause damage and pain. While your back is strong and meant to support the rest of your body and enable you to move and bend, it is not designed to withstand the force of a car accident.
Your spine is comprised of many delicate structures; the force of the impact, being tossed around in the car, and the jolt of the accident while being constrained by a seat belt can damage those back structures. It can strain and tear ligaments and muscles, break or move the vertebra out of place, and compress or damage the nerves within the spinal column.
What are some common types of car accident-related back injuries?
Our firm has been helping car accident victims win settlements for their injuries for nearly 25 years. Some of the most common types of back injuries we have come across include the following:
- Sprains and strains
- Whiplash and whiplash disorder
- Herniated discs (also referred to as bulging discs, slipped discs, and ruptured discs)
- Flexion distraction fractures, dislocation fractures, and other spinal fractures
- Facet joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
What effects can back pain have on my life?
Back pain can range from dull and persistent to acute and debilitating. When your back is hurting, it is often difficult to think about anything else but the pain. Moving, bending, lifting, working, and performing simple daily activities can be nearly, if not totally, impossible. Back pain can affect your sleep and home life, as well, and—if untreated—can cause long-term mobility and psychological issues.
Unfortunately, a lot of car accident victims let the pain go on too long without seeking care. This is a bad idea; it can not only lead to even worse physical complications, but it can also hurt you legally. Call your doctor if you notice any pain or other symptoms after a car accident. This way, you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment, and have your injury noted on record in case you file a claim or lawsuit.
Can I recover damages for my back pain?
If the other driver caused your car accident, you have every right to seek compensation for your losses. You can either file a claim with that party’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against the driver. And because back injuries can result in huge medical bills and substantial time off from work, the sooner you can take legal action and secure your settlement, the better. To get started, call today.
You can demand payment for all of your current and future injury-related damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical, diagnostic, prescription, and rehabilitation bills
- Assistive devices, e.g., wheelchair, walker
- Transportation costs to medical appointments
- Lost wages, lost benefits, lost promotion, lost capacity to work
- Loss of services and loss of consortium
- The cost of hiring in-home nursing care
- The cost of hiring outside help to do the things around the house that you normally would do, like yard work or repairs
- Disfigurement, scarring, and disability
- The cost of modifying your home or car to accommodate a disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages, such as for post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of quality of life
What is my first step in getting compensation for my back pain?
Step one is to speak with an experienced Cincinnati car accident lawyer at Levy Law Offices to review your case. We can make sure your accident meets all the legal requirements and then quickly get to work on gathering evidence and building your case. Rest assured, we will fight hard to get you the full amount you are entitled to—be it by negotiation or by litigation.
Call us for a free one-on-one consultation today.