Neck Injury and Back Injury Lawyers
If you have experienced a neck and back injury, you know how these injuries cause severe pain and impairment. You cannot pursue the daily activities you once enjoyed and the injury affects your mobility and general health. These types of injuries are often caused by someone else’s negligence through a preventable accident. Unfortunately, someone else’s mistakes can mean a life of permanent disability and lifelong medical needs.
After experiencing a neck and back injury, you are entitled to filing a lawsuit for compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and other damages. The suit is filed against the party or parties who caused the neck and back injury. A personal injury lawyer from the Cantor Team represents you in filing your bodily injury claim.
A personal injury lawsuit for neck and back injury is complex. You need an experienced and aggressive lawyer who knows the nuances of these types of cases. Having the right lawyer will ensure you gain the highest possible compensation for your injuries and other damages. Your personal injury attorney will protect your rights and interests throughout your case, whether your lawsuit results in a fair settlement or includes litigation against the negligent party through civil court.
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Common Neck Injuries Caused By Negligence
In the United States, most people refer to neck injuries as whiplash. Whiplash includes a wide variety of injuries to the neck that occur during sudden head motion, such as during a car accident. Whiplash is the jerking of the head back and forth in quick succession, or side-to-side in the same way. During this jerking of the head, muscles and ligaments of the neck become overextended or stretched more than they are typically extended. The resulting strain or sprain of the neck tissues causes pain and immobilization of these parts of the body.
About 120,000 people suffer whiplash and seek medical care from doctors or emergency departments each year in the United States. This means 328 people experience whiplash each day, 13 each hour. Most of these injuries are the result of car accidents, particularly rear-end collisions. But whiplash is also a common result of physical assault, aggressive sports, abuse or other high-contact activities.
Whiplash symptoms usually appear in the first 24 hours after the trauma occurs. Symptoms of whiplash neck injury include:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Decreased muscle strength
- Head and neck movement difficulty
- Memory problems
- Concentration problems
- Arm numbness
- Arm pain
- Sleep problems
- Blurred vision
- Ruptured disks
- Ear ringing
- Abnormal reflexes
It usually takes a few months for neck injuries to heal. But some neck injuries lead to residual pain and other symptoms for years. Many neck injury victims suffer chronic pain for years, with this pain not being helped by over-the-counter pain relievers. That means many neck injury victims must seek dangerous pain medication with many side effects and risk for addiction, quality of life problems, impairment of other physical abilities and restriction of daily activities.
To diagnose neck pain, doctors will often perform multiple tests. Those may include X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Medical treatment of neck injury may include use of prescription painkillers, muscle relaxants, injections, physical therapy and regular neck exercising through painful stretching sessions.
Common Back Injuries Caused By Negligence
Suffering a back injury is common. About one million Americans injure their backs at work each year, either through heavy lifting or a fall. These injuries often happen despite employees following their workplace rules, best practices and safety regulations.
The back injures easily because it contains so many important structures. These include muscles, ligaments, spinal vertebrae, spinal disks for shock absorption, the highly delicate spinal cord and soft tissues. When these parts of the body are injured, the pain can range from dull to severely debilitating. People use many descriptors for their back pain, such as:
Another issue resulting from back injury is how these injuries affect limbs and other parts of the body. When a back injury occurs, the injured victim often experiences tingling, numbing and radiating pain the arms and legs. This pain or other sensations make mobility or using those limbs difficult. The mobility and movement problems can lead to problems at work, school or activities. These sensations also make walking or standing for lengthy periods difficult.
When a back injury is experienced, it is very important to be examined by a doctor. Like neck injuries, back injuries may necessitate X-rays, MRIs, CT scans or other tests for diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment may include use of highly addictive prescription painkillers, muscle relaxers, injections, physical therapy, strength-building exercises, stretching sessions or even surgery to repair nerve, spinal structures and vertebrae damage.
Accidents Causing Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries are often the result of negligence. Whether your neck and back injury is due to a car accident, slip and fall, or other physical trauma, another party or entity may be to blame for negligence. When negligence leads to injuries like those of the neck and back, injured victims can file a lawsuit against the responsible party with the help of the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law. Through compensation gained from this type of legal claim, medical expenses, income loss and other damages may be covered.
A legal claim may be filed for a variety of acts of negligence that cause neck and back injury, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home falls
- Falls on stairs
- Construction accidents
- Falls from heights
- Sports injuries
Any of these accidents leading to neck and back injuries can be the result of negligence. When negligence is proven, the responsible party must pay the injured victim’s claims. These claims usually include medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. Filing a lawsuit for neck and back injury does not just enable payment of compensation to the victim. It also means the negligent party is aware of their behaviors and how being irresponsible can affect others around them, as well as themselves.
The Help You Need From a Neck and Back Injury Lawyer
Suffering neck and back injury can leave you in intense pain and feeling overwhelmed. You are entitled to gain compensation for your damages, but you will need the help of a highly experienced personal injury lawyer. In Arizona, the attorneys at Cantor Injury Lawyers have long helped injured victims just like you gain compensation from negligent parties. This compensation is recovery for damages like injuries, medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering.
Call the personal injury attorneys of the Cantor Team now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You owe it to yourself to exercise your rights under a neck and back injury legal claim.