ACCIDENT-RELATED BACK INJURIES
Updated: Sep 30, 2019
Back injuries can cost thousands of dollars in medical costs, not to mention lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of financial damages. Recovering those costs from an at-fault party can be a complex and arduous process. Unless you have an experienced attorney on your side, the chances of recovering even a fraction of your costs are few.
The back and spine contain many different types of tissues, all interconnected and dependent on one another. As a result, an injury to one component can wind up causing widespread effects across the entire spine, and nerve damage can cause problems with arms, legs, and organ function. The following is a brief list of some of the types of back injuries accidents can cause:
Spinal cord injuries: The spinal cord is a long, thin tube that travels from the brain down the back. It contains the nerves that let the brain communicate with every other part of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged, permanent injury including partial and full paralysis can result.
Disc injuries: Between each vertebra is a fleshy cushion called a disc. When two vertebrae are squeezed together or when the spine suddenly moves back and forth, these cushions can rupture, resulting in pain, numbness, and weakness in the back and elsewhere.
Compression injuries: These injuries typically occur when vertebrae are “smashed” together, resulting in disc problems, fractures, sprains, and strains.
Fractures: Both direct and indirect impacts can cause the bones of the spine to break, resulting in damage to the spinal cord as well as intense and persistent pain.
Whiplash: Sprains and strains that occur from impact or a sudden movement of the spine can result in diffuse pain, tingling, and sharp electric-like pain known as whiplash.
Types of losses you can experience
The most common causes of back injuries include car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, falling objects, sports injuries, and workplace accidents. Many of these injuries can be long-lasting – even permanent – and the losses and damages can be exorbitant. These are just a few of the losses back injury victims could encounter:
1. loss of wages
2. loss of earning ability
3. loss of companionship
4. pain and suffering
5. mental anguish
6. loss of opportunity
7. loss of mobility
8. loss limb or organ function
9. medical care, equipment, and therapy costs
As you can see, developing a case that addresses so many complex issues can be very complicated. Add to that the fact that many back-injury victims also experience a lot of “unknowns” such as future medical costs, loss of future earnings and substantial loss of quality of life, and it can be even more challenging to determine the total amount of damages.