What you need to know about back injuries and how to claim damages
One of the most common injuries following car or workplace accidents is a back injury. Back injuries often don’t manifest pain until days or weeks after the accident, so it can be hard to know whether you will need to file a claim immediately after an accident. Because of this, it is essential to keep a record of all the parties involved in your accident in case you need to build a case later.
Some common causes of back injuries:
- Construction accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
Back injuries aren’t always severe or life-threatening, but they can be substantial enough to file a claim if someone else’s negligence caused them. Some of the most common back injuries that people suffer are sprains, bulging or herniated discs, fractures, and damage to the spinal cord.
According to the Shepherd Center, 38% of spinal cord injuries are caused by auto accidents, while falls account for another 30% of them. Fractures to the spinal cord are the most dangerous of these injuries and require immediate medical attention. Nearly half of all spinal cord injuries are “complete,” according to the Shepherd Center, meaning they cause a complete loss of motor function and sensory feeling below the point of injury. So if a spinal cord injury goes unattended, it may result in paralysis.
Other long term effects of spinal cord injuries could include:
- Numbness and loss of sensation
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Loss of bladder control
- Reduced sexual functioning
- Muscle Spasms
- Breathing Problems
Contacting a personal injury attorney is the first step to claim damages to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and emotional distress. The expert attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have the experience and the determination to fight for fair compensation. Our track record includes $3,525,000 in compensation for a construction supervisor who fell off a ladder and injured his back. We also secured $2,200,000 for a man who suffered a back injury following a car accident.
If you or someone you love has suffered a back injury because of the negligence of another person or entity, contact our team today by calling (212) 779-0057.