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Suffering from a Back Injury Due to Someone Else’s Negligence?
James McKiernan Back Injury Lawyers Help the Injured
Back injuries do not only include spinal cord injuries — they can include debilitating damage to back muscles and tendons as well. Injuries typically occur in the lumbar region (the five largest and strongest vertebrae in the lower back) or the cervical region (the uppermost seven vertebrae of the neck). One seemingly minor back injury could cause a lifetime of pain and consistent medical care. If you have suffered a herniated disc, crushed vertebrae, torn ligaments or muscles, infection or sprains/strains as the result of someone’s carelessness or recklessness, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Back injuries could be the result of sudden trauma to the neck or spine, such as during a motor vehicle collision. They could also be caused by repetitive motion injuries, including repeated heavy lifting. The back injury lawyers at James McKiernan Lawyers often represent back injury clients who have been hurt in a car, truck, motorcycle, work-related or slip and fall accidents. We have been representing wrongfully injured Californians in personal injury lawsuits for over 40 years — we know what it takes to win our clients the compensation they deserve to get their lives back on track.
What Are the Most Common Types of Back Injuries?
While some back injuries can be caused simply by overuse or misuse of muscles, many are caused by the negligence of another person. This person can be a business owner or an individual — if they have caused a person (or persons) to become injured, then they can likely be held liable. Further, if you were injured while on the job, then you may be able to collect workers’ compensation, depending on the circumstances of the claim.
Some of the most commonly reported types of back injuries that can result due to someone else’s negligence and/or recklessness include:
- Herniated disc
- Crushed vertebrae
- Torn ligament
- Fractured spine
- Sprain or strain
These among other back injuries can lead to a lifelong struggle with pain and constant rehabilitation. If this injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you have the right to file a personal injury claim in an attempt to receive the compensation you are rightfully owed for past, present and future medical bills and rehab treatment.
What Treatment and Rehabilitation Options Do Back Injury Victims Have?
Modern medicine has allowed back injury victims the ability to drastically improve their conditions, allowing them to begin the healing process faster. Major back injuries — like most spinal cord injuries — may require serious surgeries, while less severe conditions could be improved by medication and physical therapy.
The following are some of the most common treatments and rehabilitation options that are available to people suffering from a myriad of back injuries:
- Back surgery: Traditional open back (lumbar) surgery is designed to treat patients who have not responded to physical therapy, medication, bracing or whose condition has worsened over time. There are various types of back surgeries used to treat different conditions including broken bones, vertebral fractures, bulging discs and spinal nerve compression.
- Spinal fusion: A type of open back surgery, spinal fusion permanently connects two or more bones in your spine. It can relieve pain by adding stability to a spinal fracture.
- A discectomy is another type of open back surgery during which the herniated portion of a disc is removed, relieving irritation and inflammation of the nerve.
- Minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS): MIS offers patients many of the same benefits as traditional open lumbar surgery without the large incisions, scars and a large amount of blood loss. MIS is generally less painful and allows patients a shorter hospital stay. Patients with herniated discs, lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal infections and other conditions may be eligible for MIS.
- Spine conditioning program: A well-structured conditioning program helps strengthen muscles and improve flexibility over time during rehabilitation. A spinal conditioning program typically involves a range of exercises designed to improve your injuries and is often used in conjunction with surgery and/or other treatments.
While we are lawyers, not doctors, we have helped plenty of wrongfully injured victims throughout the years and know the options available to them in the event of an accident. It is important to note, however, that this list does not serve as medical advice and you should seek the services of a medical professional if you are suffering a back injury. A team of medical professionals can design an effective treatment program for your specific condition or injury while the back injury lawyers at our California law firm can help obtain compensation for these medical expenses from the negligent party.
Suffering from a Back Injury Caused by Negligence? Call Our Office Today
Being injured — regardless of the cause —is reason enough for stress and concern, especially if the injury is more serious. However, minor injuries should never be discounted or brushed off as even minor injuries can result in lifelong stress, pain and rehabilitation. If your back injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to pass along the burden of medical bills, rehab and other related expenses to the liable party.
For a free case evaluation regarding your personal injury lawsuit, contact our office today. Our team of experienced back injury lawyers can walk you through the legal process in regard to your claim as well as answer questions all along the way. Our skilled negotiators work inside and outside of the courtroom to ensure that you receive the money that you rightfully deserve.