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Spinal injuries are among the most common and most devastating injuries one can sustain from a vehicular accident. These type of injuries affect the body’s overall physical function and often requires extensive and long-term medical attention. Alongside pain, suffering from spinal injuries such as injury to the neck and back can also induce lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, back injuries can result from sports injuries, maintenance works around the house or a sudden jolt from a car accident. Consequently, the lower back is the most common site of back injuries and the most vulnerable to back pain.
Treatments for back injuries include over-the-counter medicines or extensive physical therapy which could include heat therapy, manual traction, e-stimulation processes, and ultrasound therapy. In severe cases, more invasive treatments such as epidural injections and even surgery may be required in hopes of alleviating the pain in the lower back.
Consequences of back injuries range from mild non-exacerbating pain to severe range of motion and mobility issues. In some cases, you may be unable to move at all after being in a car accident. Worst cases can lead to a permanent disability like paralysis and the financial repercussions for such cases are likely to be overwhelming.
No one deserves to bear that burden, especially you or any of your loved ones. Contact Farahi Law Firm if you were ever caught in an accident that caused injuries to your back. Our skilled back injury lawyers will fight for your rights and obtain the monetary compensation you deserve. Call us at (661) 403-4243
Symptoms of a Back Injury
According to The Mayo Clinic’s website, back pain is one of the most common reasons why people consult a doctor or miss days at work. One can sustain a back injury by merely hyperextending their back from usual strenuous movements such as bending and the likes. However, severe cases especially from car accidents could eventually lead to more serious injuries. Hence, back injuries are one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
Signs and symptoms of back injuries include:
- Muscle spasms
- Shooting or stabbing pain in any areas of the back
- Pain radiating down the legs
- Pain aggravated by bending, lifting, standing, or walking
- Pain that improves with reclining
When To See a Doctor
Back injuries can sometimes be easily exacerbated by strenuous movements. However, you should seek immediate care if your back pain when it is accompanied by fever and it causes new bowel or bladder problems. Also, if it follows a fall, blow to your back, or another injury, you should seek professional help immediately.
Furthermore, contact your doctor if your back pain exhibits the following symptoms:
- severe back pain that doesn’t improve with rest
- radiating and extreme pain down to the legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee
- back pain causes weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs
- back pain alongside unexplained weight loss
Common Back Injuries
Some back injuries are more serious and cause severe and persistent pain than others. Knowledge of the anatomy and severity of your back injury may help you recover sooner than you expect. Below are some of the back injuries you can sustain from an accident:
- Sprain or strain. This injury causes aches or stiffness that affect your upper arm, shoulder, back, or neck. When you have a pinched nerve, you might also experience shooting pain in your hand or fingers.
- Torn or ruptured disc. A disc herniation happens when a disc moves from its stable place. When it compresses the spinal cord or nerves, it can result in severe pain in the lower back and numbness in the legs. This injury can also cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, or pain in the shoulders or arms.
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI). If your spinal cord is damaged, you might experience a loss of sensation in some parts of your body, and you might be unable to control functions like your bladder, bowels, or sexual functions. You could also experience spasms or intense reflexes.
- It is the most common injury sustained during a rear-ended car accident. It happens when your torso jerks forward and your lower extremities remained restraint in the car seat. Whiplash involves damage to soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck and back, creating severe pain.
- Lumbar sprain While the pain related to a lumbar sprain can go away on its own, not correctly treating a lumbar sprain can lead to nerve damage on the muscle tissue leading to intense pain and preventing us from using our full range of motion.
- Spinal stenosis According to the Spine Institute, leaving spinal stenosis untreated can lead to severe nerve damage to the lower half of the body, with numbness and pinching pain appearing on the knees, thighs and buttocks. In addition, the symptoms may spread to nearby areas like the arms and shoulders.
- Spondylolisthesis/spinal fractures. Nerves and the spinal canal are being compressed by the fractured bones. Due to this, you may experience pain and numbness. It occurs most frequently when a car is rear-ended at high speed.
- It is defined as an inability to perform voluntary motions and movements due to loss of muscle control. Paralysis is usually the result of an accident in which the head, brain, and spinal cord were severely injured. Depending on the type of bodily paralysis suffered, it can lead to the loss of motor function on one or more muscle groups severily lowering the quality of life of the affected.
Back Injury Treatment and Recovery
After an accident, you must seek medical treatment immediately, even if you do not feel pain at the moment. Most injuries could pass unnoticed especially during extreme situations like car accidents which allow your body to release adrenaline and diverts your pain to something else. Please, never self-diagnose. Remember that you must visit a physician immediately for consultation and treatments of your injuries.
For a minor back injury, these are the common treatments that might help you:
- Stabilizing brace. Your doctor might advise you to wear a back brace to prevent certain parts of your body from moving in certain ways that are not helpful to your back. Listen to your doctors well.
- Heat or ice. Depending on the nature of the injury, the doctor might recommend you to either use a heat or ice pack on the affected areas. The heat helps to alleviate muscle tension while ice can reduce swelling. Applying heat or ice to an injury must be done consistently and gently.
- Muscle relaxants. This drug can make you dizzy and sleepy, but can somehow alleviate your pain, too.
- Topical pain relievers. This includes creams, salves, or ointments that you rub at the site of your pain.
- Pain medication. Drugs containing opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, may be used for a short time under close supervision by your doctor to avoid exacerbations of your symptoms.
- Injections. A cortisone injection helps decrease inflammation around the nerve roots and thus, reducing pain. However, the pain relief it provides usually only lasts for a few months.
- Physical or rehabilitative therapy. It will help your body to regain strength, range of motion, and restore muscle loss. This could include heat therapy, manual traction, e-stimulation processes, and ultrasound therapy.
- Surgery. It is usually reserved for serious injuries, like spinal stenosis or a herniated disk, that hasn’t responded to other treatments like therapy and epidural injections.
- Chiropractic care. Some insurance companies see it as alternative medicine, so talk with your back injury lawyers to see if this treatment will help you to recover and the expenses for this treatment will be covered by the responsible party.
At Farahi Law Firm, we have established great connections with the best medical providers, so you will get a full, thorough diagnosis including diagnostic tests, therapy, meds, aids, and more. Your welfare is our priority. Contact us! We are available 24/7.
The costs of having a back injury
Whenever you sustain a back injury, your medical appointments and diagnosis may equate to a missed workday/s, thus leading to lost wages. Any delay in seeking medical help may result in skyrocketing medical expenses and lost wages as your injuries might develop to a more serious if left untreated for a certain time.
Keep in mind that spinal injuries often persist for years, requiring ongoing therapy, medication, and time off work. Do not burden yourself with this alone and seek legal consultation. Farahi Law Firm back injury lawyers will file a claim and walk you through the whole process. We will make sure that you will get the maximum compensation you deserve.
When Can Your Back Injury Lawyers Pursue Compensation?
Keep in mind that your back injury lawyers can seek compensation if another person’s negligence or purposeful actions caused the accident which resulted in personal injury on your end. Some types of negligence could be:
- Failure to make premises safe for tenants
- Distracted driving
- Substandard medical care
- Failure to recall unsafe products
- Unsafe conditions in the workplace
On the other hand, some people’s intentional actions that can cause a back injury, are reckless driving, assault, unreasonable roughness in team play, and driving an unsafe vehicle.
Compensation available in a back injury claim
As your back injury lawyers, we have the knowledge and resources to help you determine the current and future economic costs of a back injury. Among the damages we will recover for you are:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitative or other physical or occupational therapies
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Temporary/permanent disability
- Assistance with activities of daily life (if you need to hire a housecleaner, pay for child care services, transportation costs, etc.)
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
Moreover, if your back injury happened while you’re at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. This insurance provides coverage for medical bills, lost wages, and disability. We, at Farahi Law Firm, can also help you file for this claim.
What Can Affect a Back Injury Claim Value?
Although the value of back injury claims will be determined by the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries, two factors would likely affect the amount of compensation you will receive:
- Failure to mitigate damages: After sustaining a back injury, you are expected to minimize any further harm by taking appropriate action to mitigate the damage. If you don’t do it, you will provide an opportunity for the defendant’s insurer to reduce a significant portion of damages.
- Comparative Negligence: If you were found partially at-fault for the accident, your compensation amount would be reduced by the percentage you were responsible for.
If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us. Our back injury lawyers will answer your questions. We are available 24/7.
Contact Farahi Law Firm
Have you or a loved one sustained a back injury at work or due to someone else’s negligence? You are entitled to compensation. Please contact Farahi Law Firm. Our back injury lawyers are the most experienced in Bakersfield. Call us at (661) 403-4243
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