Personal Injury Law: Back Injuries
Back pain causes suffering for millions of Americans each day. The pain can range from mild to debilitating. Adding insult to injury, back pain can often be difficult to diagnose and treat. If you’ve suffered back problems as the result of a personal injury, it’s important to get a thorough medical evaluation. Back injuries can cause serious, ongoing problems, and the effects of a back injury are often lingering and long term.
Common Types of Back Injuries
Among the various types of back injuries, the most common are sprains and strains, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae. All of these are serious injuries, and regardless of your symptoms or level of pain, they require immediate treatment. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), these common types of back injuries can limit both movement and mobility, as well as causing various amounts of pain:
Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains are caused by stretched or torn ligaments, and often cause swelling, bruising, and may result in an inability to move. The common treatment for sprains and strains is referred to as RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Medicine to treat pain and reduce swelling may be required, and physical therapy may be necessary.
Herniated Disks: The backbone is made of 26 bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebrae are discs filled with a jelly-like substance. Herniated disks are the result of a disk rupturing, causing this substance to leak and irritate nerves nearby. Herniated disks can be extremely painful and cause a radical decrease in movement. Common treatment includes pain and anti-inflammatory medicines and plenty of rest. In some cases, surgery may be required.
Fractured Vertebrae: A fracture of the vertebrae, commonly referred to as a ‘broken back,’ causes acute back pain. Despite the pain that accompanies this injury, vertebral fractures can often go undetected or misdiagnosed as a strain or disc problem. Symptoms of fractured vertebrae include extreme pain, especially when standing or walking. It’s important to go to the hospital if you suspect you’ve suffered a fractured vertebra, due to the potential for ongoing problems, such as physical deformity and permanent decreases in ability.
Claiming Damages for Back Injuries
Back injuries may be the result of a car accident, as well as the result of a slip and fall. Any sudden impact or force to the back can result in serious, potentially life-impacting back injuries. In personal injury law, back injuries are, unfortunately, common. Under Florida law, if your back injury was caused by someone’s negligent action, you are entitled to claim damages. In formulating damages, it’s important to have a physician adequately assess your injuries to determine the amount of care you’ll need, as well as any physical therapy that might be required. Back injuries take time; they can take months to recover from, or recovery may take years. In some cases, a back injury may result in permanent decreased mobility and require long-term care, resulting in changes to your lifestyle, as well as financial changes due to inability to work or having to switch careers.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in an accident resulting in back injury, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we have training and experience in Florida personal injury law. Our lawyers will review your case, and help you receive compensation for your injury, as well as for lost wages and physical rehabilitation. Call us today for a free consultation.