If you hurt your back or injure your spinal cord in an accident, it can change your life. This is why these injuries are often called “catastrophic.” A severe back or spine injury can cause paralysis, or a loss of feeling and movement in your limbs. Even a relatively minor back or spine injury can limit your ability to move and lead to chronic, debilitating pain.
If you have suffered a back or spine injury in a car accident, slip and fall or workplace accident, you should seek help from a lawyer right away. You may be eligible to pursue personal injury damages, workers’ compensation benefits or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits that can help you to pay your medical bills, replace your lost income and handle your daily living expenses.
The lawyers of Marks & Harrison want to help you. We serve clients in Richmond and throughout Virginia. Simply call or click here for a free consultation. We can review the facts of your case, explore your legal options and get to work on seeking relief for you today.
As the American Chiropractor Association (ACA) notes, a person’s back is a “complicated structure” of bones, discs, nerves, joints, ligaments and muscles. A back or spine injury occurs when harm is done to one or more of these components.
The harm usually results from some form of trauma such as overexertion when lifting an object, a fall or the impact from a car accident. However, a back injury can also result from repetitive movement or strain.
If you have been involved in any type of accident, you should pay attention to signs and symptoms of back and spine injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, red flags include:
If you have any of these signs and symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. A doctor may diagnose your back or spine injury through a physical exam or the use of X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, bone scans or a type of nerve study called an EMG.
A doctor can start you on a course of treatment that may include medication, steroid injections, physical therapy and, in extreme cases, surgery. A back or spine injury victim may also turn to chiropractic care, massage or other alternative forms of treatment that have gained popularity in recent years.
You should also contact a injury lawyer from Marks & Harrison to discuss your legal rights and your options for seeking benefits and other compensation that can help you to get the treatment you need for your back or spine injury.
A broad range of back and spine injuries can affect a person. The injury may cause acute pain (lasting a few days or weeks), chronic pain (lasting three months or more), paralysis (loss of sensation and movement) and other complications.
Common types of back and spine injuries include:
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the primary cause of spinal cord injuries is the trauma suffered in a car, truck or motorcycle accident.
This is because the impact of a collision can easily fracture vertebrae or cause a vertebra or a disc to slip. Even a minor accident can cause the type of awkward movement that can damage muscles or ligaments.
However, falls such as those that can occur due to dangerous work or property conditions and sports-related accidents also are common causes of spinal cord injuries.
An estimated 12,000 new cases of spine injury arise each year, and 273,000 people live with this condition, according to the NSCISC.
Additionally, repetitive or sudden strain from moving or lifting heavy items in the workplace can cause back injuries – particularly in the lower back. These are also called musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. The BLS reports that six jobs in particular have a high rate of these injuries:
At Marks & Harrison, we can provide a free, timely and confidential consultation about your back or spine injury case, and we can put our team of investigators onto your case right away.
As we work on your case, we can also consult with highly qualified experts who can help us to determine why your accident occurred, who should be held responsible and how much your injury has impacted you physically, emotionally and financially.
We can explore all of your legal options, which may include one or more of the following:
We understand how challenging it can be to live with a back or spine injury. Our goal is to help you to get through this difficult time and enter a new phase of your life with as much peace and security as possible.
Don’t wait to get legal help after you have suffered a back or spine injury in an accident. Get in touch with Marks & Harrison today. Call or connect with us online. A free consultation with our firm can help you to understand your rights and options, and it get you started on the road to your recovery. We can serve you from our Richmond office or at any one of our other offices located throughout Virginia.
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