Types of Injuries

Neck And Back Injuries

Neck and back injuries are a pervasive problem across the country, with many causing ongoing pain and limiting victims’ mobility. A neck injury can leave you unable to move your head, while a serious back injury can cause paralysis.

However, these injuries are often downplayed. People believe that neck and back injuries are just a way for victims to take advantage of insurance companies and corporations. In actuality, neck and back injuries can be difficult to prove, and victims rarely get the full compensation they deserve without aggressive representation by an attorney.

Have you suffered back or neck injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence? Don’t try to claim compensation on your own. Let the team at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. help you. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or reach out online.

Common Neck and Back Injuries

Just a handful of injuries make up the majority of neck and back injury cases. Common injuries include:

  • Slipped discs. The discs in your spine absorb the shock of everyday movement, and when one slips out of place, the bones of the spine can come into direct contact with each other. This is extremely painful, and depending on your pain tolerance, may even leave you bedridden until it is fixed.
  • Other types of disc damage. The discs in the spinal cord can, unfortunately, go through all types of damage. This is one reason that prompt medical care is so important; without an expert’s opinion, it is impossible to know what type of treatment you need. Disc herniation, sequestration, and nerve compression can all occur after an accident.
  • Muscle and ligament damage. Many types of generalized back pain can be traced back to a damaged muscle and ligament. In some cases, these injuries cause pain in a specific, limited part of the back. In others, it causes widespread pain that is difficult to pinpoint.
  • Sciatica. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or put under pressure. Most people experience radiating pain through one leg and hip.
  • Whiplash. Many car accident victims experience whiplash, a condition that happens when your neck jerks violently backward and forward. The extent of damage depends on the force of the accident.
  • Cervical spine injuries. Other types of back injuries can be traced to the spinal cord. The higher an injury is, the more it can limit your motion. Cervical cord injuries, at the top of the spinal cord, can impact your trunk control, arm mobility, and leg mobility.
  • Thoracic and lumbar spine injuries. These injuries often lead to loss of mobility in the legs.
  • Sacral spine injuries. People who sustain sacral spine injuries often suffer paralysis of the hips, loss of sexual function, and loss of bowel or bladder control.

Why You Need an Attorney

Given the serious nature of many neck and back injuries, you may wonder if you need an attorney. Some people believe that, if they’ll need ongoing care for severe injuries, it doesn’t make sense to hire an attorney and lose a portion of their settlement.

However, this is exactly why you need an attorney. Neck and back injuries are extremely serious, and you could be left without income for an extended period of time as you heal. You can expect the liable party’s insurance company to offer a paltry payout that does not reflect the severity of your injuries. If your injury requires ongoing care and you eventually realize that you should have received far more, you are unable to ask for more. That’s why you need to ask for the right amount the first time and fight aggressively to get it.

The team at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. advocates fiercely for every client. We know that an injury can be extremely expensive and seriously disrupt your life. Whether your case is settled through the insurance company or fought in the court system, we are here for you every step of the way.

Evidence for a Back and Neck Injury Case

In order to seek compensation for a back or neck injury, you must be able to prove several elements:

  • The other party had a duty to you
  • The other party violated that duty
  • You suffered injuries because of that violation
  • The injuries caused you to sustain measurable damages

A major part of this is demonstrating the severity of your injuries. Your legal team will create the strongest case possible by gathering evidence. Getting prompt medical care is essential, as it documents the severity of your injuries immediately after the accident. You must attend all scheduled and recommended appointments. Your medical records are an important piece of evidence.

You might also want to keep a personal injury journal. Pain is subjective, but a journal allows you to outline how your injuries have impacted your life. A personal injury journal describes your pain level each day and details the ways in which your injuries limit your daily activities.

Get Started by Contacting Us Today

Time is of the essence after an accident. Contacting a personal injury attorney promptly gives them the chance to start gathering evidence, building your case, and fighting for the compensation you deserve. Take the first step now. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 or fill out our contact form to get started.

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