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Lower Back Pain After an Accident

No one is ever prepared to be critically injured in an accident. Unfortunately, some of the most devastating accidents can cause debilitating back pain that affects your quality of life. When another party’s negligence is the cause of your lower back pain, you can make them pay.

Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to learn more about the value of your damages and how to demand total compensation for your suffering.

Types of Lower Back Injuries After an Accident

Lower back injuries can take multiple forms depending on the type of accident you were involved in, how your injuries occurred, and your overall physical health. We can help you get compensation for lower back injuries like these:

  • Compression fractures
  • Lumbar fractures
  • Back strains and sprains
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal osteoarthritis
  • Bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Other spinal disorders

Common Symptoms of a Lower Back Injury

Recognizing lower back injuries can minimize the likelihood of your condition worsening without treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of severe lower back injuries include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Discomfort when standing or walking
  • Stiffness in the lower back
  • Severe burning pains in the backs of your legs
  • Headaches
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Disorientation and dizziness
  • Sharp pains while walking

Treatment for Lower Back Injuries

Treatment for lower back injuries is crucial if you hope to regain as much functionality and mobility as possible and reduce your chronic ongoing pain. The treatment you receive will depend on several factors, including where you were injured, how badly you were hurt, and your medical history.

Your healthcare providers may diagnose your lower back injuries with X-rays, CAT scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These diagnostic records will prove valuable in your claim against the liable party. Once your lower back pain has officially been diagnosed, your healthcare providers will determine which treatment options best suit your case.

For those with less severe lower back injuries, rest and gentle stretching may be enough to use your symptoms and help you get back to your life. However, for those with more serious lower back injuries, additional treatment options may be appropriate. Some examples of these potential treatments could include:

  • Ongoing occupational and physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and over-the-counter painkillers
  • Muscle relaxants and other prescription drugs
  • Regular chiropractic care
  • Use of a back brace

Your healthcare providers may refer you to a spinal surgeon for evaluation. Some fractures, spinal cord injuries, and herniated discs may require surgical intervention. You may need to join local support groups or see a mental health counselor who can help you cope emotionally with the physical and lasting implications of your lower back injuries.

What Kind of Accidents Can Cause Lower Back Injuries?

Nearly any accident could cause catastrophic lower back injuries. Some of the most common types of accidents known for producing debilitating back injuries include:

These are just a few incidents and events that can potentially cause critical lower back injuries. If you were involved in another type of accident we did not include, you may still have the right to compensation for your injuries and damages. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn how we can advocate for you.

Proving an Accident Caused Your Lower Back Injuries

To prove the accident you were involved in caused your lower back injuries, your attorney will need valuable supporting evidence. The burden of proof in personal injury claims is based on a preponderance of evidence, which means you need compelling evidence. Some examples of such evidence could include:

  • Photos of your lower back injuries
  • Medical records, including surgical forms and photos
  • Incident reports
  • Testimony from your healthcare providers
  • Expert testimony
  • Witness statements
  • Video of the incident
  • Police and crash reports

What Kind of Compensation is Available After a Lower Back Injury?

When someone else’s negligence causes your lower back injuries, they can be held accountable. You have the right to be made whole if another party is liable for your damages.

This does not only include restitution for your economic losses but your non-economic damages as well. Some examples of the compensatory damages that may be available for a lower back injury include:

  • Loss of income
  • Physical chronic pain
  • Emotional suffering and stress
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Loss of employee and wage-related benefits
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfiguring skin scar injuries
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Total coverage of your medical expenses both now and in the future

It is important to note that your injury settlement could be reduced if you share the blame for your injuries. Illinois follows a comparative negligence system that allows victims to share up to 50% of the responsibility for their injuries and still recover compensation for the damages. However, sharing fault will reduce your settlement in proportion to your percentage of the blame.

For example, if you were hurt in a car accident while you didn’t have your seat belt on, the judge might determine you are 10% liable for your injuries. Your settlement will be reduced by 10% accordingly. Having your personal injury attorney assess fault accurately will protect your settlement and avoid unfounded accusations of shared liability.

How a Personal Injury Accident Lawyer Can Help

Having a personal injury accident lawyer advocating for your rights is invaluable. While you devote your time and energy toward healing, your attorney can work on building a compelling case against the liable party. This way, despite your injuries, you can still fight for justice.

Your lawyer will dive into your case to find evidence to prove the accident caused your back injuries. We will work on finding who shares liability, then start communicating with them to start the claims process. We will use our experience to calculate your losses so you can bring a reliable value to the table.

If we need to, we will help you file a lawsuit. We will not back down if the defendant doesn’t want to pay: many injury cases are resolved in settlements, but we’ll take your case to a jury if necessary. You have rights and we’re ready to serve justice to those who have wronged you.

Call a Chicago Lower Back Injury Lawyer

When your lower back pain has taken over your life, there is no reason you should have to suffer in silence. You can stand up and demand the liable party be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

Get help advocating for your right to maximum compensation. Contact an experienced Chicago lower back injury lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Our firm proudly offers free, no-obligation consultations to injury victims across Chicago and across Illinois. Please take advantage of this opportunity when you call our office at (312) 236-2900 or complete our convenient contact form today.

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