If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury, you have probably faced many obstacles. These obstacles could include:
- Getting an accurate diagnosis
- Receiving effective treatment
- Figuring out how to pay for unexpected expenses
- Wondering how to make up for missed work
Perhaps you have been working with an insurance adjuster only to reach a stalemate with negotiations. You may be wondering how you will care for others who depend on you and what you will need to do to stay afloat financially. A back injury lawyer in Port St. Lucie, FL at Anidjar & Levine can answer your questions in a free consultation and help you explore your options.
Our Experience with Back Injuries
We have helped many back injury victims get results. Because of the potential that back injuries have to be permanent, you may not want to settle your claim. At the same time, however, you may not wish to file a lawsuit and undergo the trial process.
One of the first things we do is ensure that our clients are receiving the appropriate medical attention. Because the insurance companies fighting your claim have medical personnel on their team, you will want to make sure that you have medical advocates also.
Although we leave the doctoring to doctors, it is critical that back injury lawyers have a thorough understanding of medical anatomy, physiology, and pathology. A back injury lawyer cannot be effective without this knowledge.
Back Injuries Are Different
The tissues that make up our backs and necks are sensitive to a sudden forceful impact. Sprains, strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae are common accident injuries, and lingering pain is often the result. This pain can be debilitating. Trauma to the spinal cord itself can permanently affect one’s quality of life and even cause death. The spinal cord (which is different from the spine) consists of bundles of nerves that travel from the brain stem to the lower back.
How Back Injuries Happen
Back injuries tend to occur from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, horseback riding accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, defective products, and medical malpractice. Though back injuries also occur ergonomically because of repetitive use or a workplace accident, the administration of employment-related injuries takes place through the workers’ compensation insurance system.
Muscles, tendons or ligaments in the lumbar region of the back are common and sometimes called “soft tissue injuries.” Direct impact to the back can damage the vertebrae, the spinal cord, or both.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord (which is different from the spinal column) has 31 segments that help form the body’s central nervous system (CNS). A pair of spinal nerves serves each segment, serving as sensory and motor message delivery system between the brain and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The spinal cord regulates several essential bodily functions.
The 31 segments of the spinal cord correspond with the vertebrae in the spinal column. This column of vertebrae includes eight cervical, 12 thoracic, five lumbar, five sacral, and one coccygeal (known as the “coccyx”).
Permanent disability can result from spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia, tetraplegia, and other serious injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be life threatening.
Herniated Disc Cases
A herniated disc can cause significant lower back pain and affect the body in other places. In some cases, accident victims suffer disc herniation in more than one part of their spine.
There are several orthopedic tests in addition to the use of nuclear medicine to diagnose the extent of the damage.
Symptoms of a herniated disc may include:
- Loss of muscle
- Diminished range of motion
- Inability to maintain the same level of physical activity
Severe disc herniation can compress nerve roots in the lower spine, resulting in cauda equine syndrome. This condition can cause permanent paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, and/or sexual dysfunction. These symptoms can be permanent.
When it comes to herniated discs, an argument you may see from an insurance adjuster is that a pre-existing or degenerative condition precipitated the injury you claim to have suffered from the accident.
Preparing Your Case for Maximum Compensation
We are be prepared to combat an insurance company’s arguments. An important first step is to obtain and analyze all facts that could become relevant, admissible evidence in court. We study case precedent, review accident details, interview witnesses, consult with medical providers, and collect other data.
There are four steps between your claim and a settlement or judgment award. Those are (1) establishing the legal duty the wrongdoer owed, (2) demonstrating how the wrongdoer breached that duty, (3) showing how the breach directly caused your injuries, and (4) proof of all losses or damages.
Your damages could include:
- Initial hospitalization and surgery expenses
- Follow-up treatment and ongoing care
- Future medical expenses
- Mental health treatment for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or anxiety disorders
- Long-term home or facility-based care costs
- Durable medical equipment
- Accessibility modifications
- Vocational or occupational therapy
- Lost wages and future diminished earning capacity
- Loss of retirement earnings due to diminished or lost employment
- Wrongful death damages for a fatal injury
- Compensation for a spouse or child’s loss of relationship with the injured person
- Negligent infliction of emotional distress
- Physical pain, mental suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life
In cases where an intentional or extremely reckless or wanton act caused injuries, punitive damages may apply as well.
Learn More About How Anidjar & Levine Can Help You
We know that when it comes to personal injury attorneys, you have many choices. We would like the chance to discuss your options with you.
When we meet, we will learn about you, your family, the accident that caused your back injury, and how it has affected you. We will have a good idea about how to estimate your case after this discussion.
There is no reason to wait. Call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine now at 1-800-747-3733.