Neck & Back Injuries
Effects of a Neck or Back Injury
An injury to any part of the body can have devastating, long-term consequences for an accident victim, but this is especially true in the case of injuries to the neck or back. A neck or back injury can result in severe and chronic pain, as well as imposing severe restriction in the individual's range of motion. To make matters worse, an injury to the spinal cord can result in damage to the nerves which branch out from the spine, potentially causing paralysis and loss of organ function in the affected areas. If you have suffered a serious injury and want serious representation for your accident claim, we invite you to come to our firm for help. We are dedicated to helping accident victims claim fair compensation, and a
personal injury attorney from our team is ready to meet with you for a free consultation.
Types of Neck and Back Injuries
Injuries to the neck and back range from minor bruising and muscle strains to paralyzing spinal cord injuries, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia. One of the most widespread types of neck injury is the soft tissue injury which is frequently referred to as whiplash. This variety of injury is common in rear-end car accidents, where the ligaments of the victim's spine are subjected to stretching and straining by the violence of the impact.
Lower back injuries are another common example of this type of injury, whether they occur in a sudden trauma such as a slip and fall or due to repetitive strain in the performance of work duties. While some injuries involve trauma to the muscles surrounding the spine, others are characterized by a misalignment of the lumbar, thoracic or cervical spine. For example, spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra slips out of place, potentially causing severe pain and nerve interference, with conditions such as sciatica.
Compensation for a Neck or Back Injury
If you sustained your injury on the job, you may be entitled to recover benefits by filing a claim for workers' compensation. Workers' comp provides disability benefits regardless of who is at fault for causing the injury, so you do not need to prove that another person is responsible. In the event that your injury makes it impossible for you to work for at least a year, you might be eligible for
Social Security Disability benefits, though the process of claiming Social Security can take several months and often requires appealing the claim. If it can be proven that another person's negligence is the cause of your neck or back injury, you could have grounds to file a
personal injury claim to recover full compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Come to Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC for a free consultation to review all your options and take the first steps in your case.