Dothan Neck & Back Injury Lawyers
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
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. A
Dothan head and neck 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.