Not only do back injuries result in intense pain and suffering, but the medical and financial consequences of a trauma in such a vital area is staggering. The back region hosts some of the most important muscles and the spinal cord which transmits valuable neural data throughout the body.
Any permanent damage to this region can heavily handicap the working ability of the accident victim, and this not only creates short-term economic losses but also long-term financial challenges. Thus seeking financial compensation for such accidents is not that simple.
Not only do the injury victims need monetary reimbursement for their immediate losses but also the future challenges. This is why you should never rush through the settlement process or accept the first offer from the insurance company, instead, seek representation from a competent Richmond back injury lawyer and demand a meaningful sum for your personal injury claim.
Defining Back Injuries
Any blow to the back of the spinal cord will be considered a back injury. Although the term is considered synonymous with spinal cord injury by some, the former is a broader term and encompasses the latter. A back injury may reside in the muscle mass or may have penetrated the spinal area, tendons, ligaments, vertebrae, or internal organs.
In either case, the intense pain that results from such injuries is merely the beginning of your worries. While the physical anguish cannot be justly described in words, the problems associated with the injury are much more concerning.
Since the back keeps our body mass erect and this is from where the spinal nervous network spreads to all parts of the body, an injury in the back can impair mobility, compromise the lifting ability, and may even cause serious conditions like complete or partial paralysis, i.e. loss of limb mobility. The victim may need several weeks of bed rest to regain your peace of mind.
The pain may also penetrate other parts of the body as is the case in Spondylolisthesis whereby the anguish shoots through the legs as well as creating discomfort in the back. Similarly, disc slip which results from bending and lifting heavy stuff not only creates agonizing pain but may restrict the sufferers to their beds.
Slip and fall accidents, heavy lifting (hard labor), vehicle crashes, and similar traumatic happenings can unleash a world of hurt and pain on people. Back injuries usually require prolonged physical therapy sessions to deal with, such as with disc slip, however, in other cases, surgery is the only option.
The expenses associated with medical attention demanded by injuries are usually staggering and thus necessitate legal action for fair compensation if the insurance company refuses to cooperate – which they almost always do. Thus you should never delay calling experienced Richmond personal injury lawyers for legal representation.
Common Types of Back Conditions Resulting From Personal Injury Accidents
No two personal injury cases are the same because there is a wide range of differences in the injuries incurred, parties involved, conditions of the personal injury victims, and so many other factors will vary.
For now, let’s shift our focus to the types of injuries that result from a trauma on the back. Car accidents (i.e. with trucks), slip and fall incidents, workspace mishaps, and so on, can result in catastrophic injuries such as:
- Strain: A pull in the back, either due to heavy lifting or a sudden jerk can create a sharp painful sensation in the muscles and tendons running through the area. This condition will take a couple of weeks to heal – during this time, victims should rest well and avoid exerting themselves.
- Sprain: This injury differs from a strain in that the ligaments are either stretched or partially torn (while in the first case, either the muscle mass or the associated tendons are afflicted). As with the previous case, the injured party will need lots of rest to feel better.
- Disc slip: Also known as herniation, a disc slip happens when an intervertebral disc that cushions adjacent vertebrae – as you may have guessed – slips. This creates severe agony for the sufferer who will need immediate medical care and physical therapy before things become less painful.
- Disc rupture: Alternatively, the disc may rupture which will create even more pain and suffering.
- Nerve compression/pinch: Since nerves carry stimulatory messages across the body, a compression will not only cause serious pain but also limit the mobility of the sufferer.
- Damage to the nerves: The symptoms of nerve damage are very painful and the effects may or may not wither completely.
- Spinal cord injury: A trauma in the spinal cord, as with all the other types of injuries defined above, is both painful and creates a ton of functional problems. Paralysis is also an ever-present threat with such traumas (the same with traumatic brain injuries which can even lead to a wrongful death), and this immobility can be permanent!
Costs Associated With Back Injuries
As mentioned earlier, the costs associated with back and spinal cord injuries include both short-term and long-term types of damages. Your medical bills, property damages (in the case of a car accident), out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and special damages will only cover the short-term financial losses.
Since most of these injuries require prolonged therapies to heal, there will be a lot more medical expenses coming up after the initial bills. Then, you’ll also be missing important work and business-related activities because of these injuries.
In some cases, the damage will be permanent and thus be a constant problem for the sufferer. The condition may lead to a permanent loss of income or at least a partially cut down earning potential. All of these are economic hemorrhages.
Then there are the non-economic damages associated with such personal injuries. The physical pain and the mental anguish caused by such events, coupled with the emotional struggle afterward (i.e. not being able to enjoy the good things in life, not being as agile or active as you were before, etc.) can be too much for anyone.
This aspect of the case will also affect the cost of your back injury claim.
As for an exact estimate on the settlement expectations, there can’t be one for all because all cases are unique. It is best to call a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible to know where you stand in your case and what you can expect.
Seeking Compensation For Back Injuries
Whether you slipped and fell somewhere due to the negligence of the staff, or were involved in a violent car crash, or had an accident at work (due to lack of safety measures), or got involved in an accident on a construction site, you can sue the at-fault party for bodily injury liability.
Negligence, in personal injury law, is the failure of upholding duties associated with a role. If you can prove that someone’s negligence caused you the injuries that have made your life miserable, you can demand a financial settlement from their insurance company.
Although Virginia is an at-fault state and the negligent party is bound to offer you compensation, insurance companies can use all sorts of tactics and technicalities to cut down the settlement sum. Just be sure not to say anything that undermines your position in the case.
Don’t rush anything, instead get busy gathering evidence supporting your claim: police reports, medical treatment records, medical history (to preempt the debate that your suffering was due to preexisting conditions), diagnosis of your sufferings, bills and receipts, records of expenses, and detailed notes of your sufferings. Then you can send an experienced lawyer, representing you, to face the insurance adjuster.
Their first offer is never the best their insurance coverage can give you, thus don’t rush the settlement.
If the adjuster does not bend, you can exercise your legal rights and have a team of experienced trial lawyers file a lawsuit on your behalf to get compensated via a trial in court. Personal injury lawsuits allow victims to claim fair compensation when the injury adjusters refuse to cooperate, and this way, they can even win punitive damages.
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Being a personal injury accident victim is hard enough without all the foul plays and manipulations from insurance adjusters and the responsible parties. You should not have to deal with the tactics of the insurance companies at a time when you should be resting and giving yourself a break.
Leave the legal tussle to those who can handle it.
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This means that our team of attorneys won’t charge you a cent until you’ve won your insurance claim for compensation (or through a lawsuit) and the consultation sessions will also be completely free.
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