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Did You Suffer a Back Injury Accident?

If you are suffering from a back injury, you are not alone. Approximately 70-85% of Americans suffer some form of back pain in their lifetime. Many of these cases are related to external factors that are outside of your control, through accidents in the car, slip and fall trauma, or workplace accidents. No matter the cause, the physical suffering of back pain and injury can be severe. The spinal systems have extensive connectivity to other parts of the body, and one small spinal misalignment can have extremely significant impacts.

Apart from pain, limited mobility, and challenges managing everyday tasks, there are other negative aftereffects to back injury. Many people experience anxiety or depression following a frightening injury and may have trouble sleeping or focusing when awake. Plus, the back injury often results in missing work and life obligations for rest and recovery time, leading to financial, familial, and other personal life stresses on top of medical concerns.

Our back injury attorneys are dedicated and driven to provide the best personal injury attorney legal services to clients who are dealing with just these issues. We understand the difficulty that comes with managing a treatment plan and fighting the insurance companies and at-fault parties while you are in pain. This is why our back injury lawyers offer a variety of convenient ways to connect: contact us online, over the phone, or we can even send a back injury attorney to you in-person to work through your claim together.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious accident resulting in a back injury or another trauma, call our back injury attorneys today. We are happy to help you with the hard work and fight for your deserved compensation, so you can focus on rest and recovery.

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Common Causes of Back Injuries

Understanding the cause and complexity of back injuries is exceedingly difficult. The variety of damaging events, particular physical risk factors, and frequency of opportunities for injury for a given individual create a unique and complicated basis for the diagnosis of each case. Additionally, the prevalence of late-onset symptoms adds to the difficulty in assessing the physiological, environmental, and circumstantial factors that were present at the time of the injury, and thus the root cause.

The most common causes of lower back pain include pulled or torn muscles or ligaments. These types of injuries can occur from the normal course of life activities, but often a serious accident event occurs resulting in significant pain and damage. A few of the major contributing factors to back pain and back injury are listed and described below.

Injury Accidents Leading to Back Injuries

  • Slip and fall accident:  Such as slick flooring, icy surfaces, deteriorating stairs, broken walkways, poor lighting, etc.
  • Workplace accident:  Including falls from heights, crush injuries beneath or between objects, fire & explosions, etc.
  • Automobile accident:  Including cars, trucks, and 18 wheelers, motorcycles, scooters, etc.

Risk Factors for Back Injuries

  • Age:  30-50 is the range when back pain often first occurs, risk increases with aging.
  • Genetics:  Family history of injury or disease to the spine and related systems.
  • Body Composition:  Changes to weight, especially rapid changes.
  • Fitness Level:  Loss of muscle mass through illness or lifestyle restrictions.
  • Occupational:  Heavy lifting, dangerous workplaces like construction sites.
  • Backpack:  Heavy loads to carry, especially for smaller, less developed bodies of children.

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Back Injury Types

Back pain is extremely common, with more than 25% of adults reporting this injury during the last 3 months. This frequency also manifests equally among the genders. With this prevalence and the wide variety of causes, there is naturally an array of back pain injury types. Most fall into two main categories and one subcategory:

  • Acute:  Short-term, lasting a few days to weeks. Typically, this type is related to mechanical injuries, meaning it is caused by issues or disruptions in the way that the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in the back work together.
  • Subacute:  Specifically defined as pain lasting 4-12 weeks.
  • Chronic:  Longer term, specifically lasting 12 weeks or longer. It is also technically considered more persistent as it may continue past the treatment of the pain’s source or cause. Around a quarter of those who suffer acute back pain report development into chronic back pain at the one-year mark.

The specific injuries to the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems which fall into the above categories have been identified and studied extensively by the medical community, though there is much farther to go before we have comprehensive and definitive understandings of these systems and the related pain. Some of the most studied vertebrae are L1-L5, which make up the lumbar region and are responsible for much of the resulting pain sensation in common low back accidents.

Low back pain can be caused by many other conditions and diseases, but the injuries most related to personal injury claims are those which are mechanical in nature (affecting the spine and its components, nerves, and muscle). These are the types of injuries that often result from the causes and risks of the previous section (motor vehicle accident, workplace injury, etc.), and some particular examples include:

  • Sprains:  Very common for acute back pain, caused by tearing or overstretching ligaments, usually through overexertion via twisting or heavy lifting
  • Strains:  Also very common for acute back pain, with similar actions as the root cause, and are the result of tearing in the muscle or tendon
  • Herniated or Ruptured Disc:  Related to compression and damage of the cartilaginous disks between the vertebrae, including displacement, bulging, or rupture. Can result from overuse fatigue or impact injury.
  • Radiculopathy:  Inflammation, compression, or injury to the nerve root, sometimes from a herniated or ruptured disk. The resulting pressure causes tingling, numbness, or pain out into the areas of the body related to that nerve.
  • Sciatica:  A type of radiculopathy specific to the compression of the sciatic nerve, causing burning or shock-like pain in the low back, to one glute, and down one leg. Complications can be severe for the leg musculature.
  • Spondylolisthesis:  Occurs where a vertebra of the lower spine slips out of alignment, pinching nerves, causing pain and numbness.
  • Spinal Stenosis:  Occurs where the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, resulting in numbness or pain, and often more complicated sensory issues over time
  • Traumatic Injury:  A loose category of damaged tendons, ligaments, and/or muscle, often from the type of events named above, and resulting in pain, weakness, numbness, and other side effects.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome A rare, but very serious complication of a ruptured disk, where the disk material is moved into the spinal canal, compressing nerve roots that control bladder and bowel function. Extremely serious neurological damage can result if this condition is not treated.
  • Paralysis:  A breakdown in the functioning of the spinal cord or nerves exiting the spinal cord due to injury or disease. Damage to the spinal cord can block signals from the brain rendering a person unable to move body parts affected by the injured area of the spinal cord.

If you injured your back due someone else’s negligence, call our back injury attorneys today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

Symptoms & Complications of Back Injury

In the space of 20 years, from 1990 to 2010, back pain jumped from sixth to third place in a study ranking the most burdensome conditions related to mortality and poor health within the United States. The hardship and strain of living with back pain is no small matter, and symptoms and complications can be severe. In addition to the mechanical injuries listed above, which include initial and secondary injuries to the low back, resulting difficulties and further aggravations are listed below. This video illustrates the basic spine and muscle movements that cause and contribute to these symptoms and complications.

Symptoms of a Back Injury

  • Shooting or stabbing pains
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Pain radiating in the extremities, especially down the leg
  • Pain that becomes worse with bending, lifting, twisting, standing, or walking
  • Pain that improves with reclining or decompressing the spine
  • Secondary side effects – trouble sleeping, headaches, nausea, trouble focusing

Complications & Warning Signs of a Back Injury

  • Trouble focusing
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fever
  • Bowel or bladder issues
  • Pain does not improve with rest
  • Area of pain spreads or increases
  • Auxiliary injuries (e.g., a slipped disk causes a pinched nerve or muscle strain)
  • Weakness, tingling, numbness, or other new sensations begin
  • Nerve damage
  • Opioid pain medication dependence
  • Depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia

Please follow the advice of your doctor or medical advisor with any back injury consult, particularly if you are experiencing, new, worsening, more severe symptoms and/or any of the complication warning signs above. Thompson Law’s ultimate desire for every case and the claim is the fullest possible recovery and the best possible compensation. The chances of this success are much greater if you carefully follow the advice of medical professionals and your attorney.

If you are in need of any advice or assistance on matters of your recovery and rightful compensation, feel free to reach out anytime, 24/7. Thompson Law’s legal experts are standing by to help you whether your personal injury occurred in DallasFort WorthSan Antonio, or anywhere else in Texas. If you injured your back due someone else’s negligence, call our back injury attorneys today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Back Injury

Despite the lingering mysteries of the nervous system and spine, diagnoses of back injuries can usually be accomplished by utilizing the resources of medical history, physical examination, and available technology. Some of the more frequent types of tech used in these medical investigations include X-Rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). Supplemental technologies to these types of scans include myelograms and discography, which involve ink injections into the spinal canal or specific disks to more clearly articulate the extent of the damage on the resulting imagery.

Likewise, bone scans are tests where a controlled amount of radioactive material is injected into the bloodstream, and the body is scanned for abnormal areas of blood-flow and irregular pooling delineated by the injection material. For issues of the muscles, electrodiagnostic, including electromyography (EMG), evoked potential (EP) studies, and nerve conduction studies (NCS), can be used to stimulate muscles and nerves.

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Testing for various responses with these procedures can help doctors specify the origin and severity of the injury at hand. Ultrasound imaging also can show damage to muscle using sound wave mapping inside the body to create visualizations. Blood tests are also used on occasion, largely to rule out types of infection, inflammation, or other sources of pain.

Fortunately, there are a number of therapies and treatments to cure, or at least significantly ease acute and chronic back pain. Because the spine and its related systems are so intertwined with other structures of the body, mobility improvements and decreased pain in the back often lead to other positive side effects and life improvements.

  • Self / Home Care: Ice packs, heat packs, rest, recline, over the counter (OTC) pain relievers
  • Therapy: Physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, behavioral therapy
  • Medication: Analgesics including NSAIDs and prescribed narcotics, muscle relaxants, injections
  • Surgery: Typically necessary for very severe cases where other treatments have not succeeded, relating to structural issues, i.e. spinal stenosis or slipped discs

Less optimistically, of those who consult their doctor about back pain, there will be about 60% that still report pain a year later. Despite the frequency of recurrence and chronic development, there is still much to gain by following the advice of your doctor and taking healthy, thoughtful measures in your back treatment. These injuries can be reversible and manageable, but only through consistent care. For advice on connecting with back injury medical experts following a serious accident, Thompson Law is here to help.

If you injured your back due someone else’s negligence, call our back injury attorneys today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

Financial Impacts of Back Injuries

Financial costs of back injury are extremely significant and regularly feature on the World Health Organization’s Priority Diseases List. Medical expenses missed work, insurance costs, and more add up to astounding dollar figures on local and global scales. US costs associated with low back pain and associated missed workdays are estimated to be $100 – $200 billion annually. Additionally, the prevalence of back pain across populations makes it the leading cause of work absence and general activity limitation around the world.

Various reporting methods and compromised accuracy of these reports from different countries makes it impossible to estimate a global annual cost of low back pain. But, based on the large numbers of people affected (lifetime prevalence rates at 60-70% in industrialized countries) and other regional cost statistics, it is safe to assume that the amounts are vast.

  • Studies show the average loss of US workdays due to chronic low back pain to be up to 12 days per patient.
  • 30% of Americans will suffer a significant low back pain episode each year.
  • Back pain is the second leading reason for primary care visits, often leading to prescriptions and/or additional diagnostics.
  • Of individuals who consult a doctor about low back pain, 60% will still report pain a year later.
  • Average chiropractic visit costs average at $65 but can vary from $30-$200, and the average recommended frequency of visits is once per week. To treat an ongoing condition then, you may be spending over $3300 annually to manage your pain.
  • In an article from a Texas Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, the costs of back surgeries were illuminated – and jaw-dropping:
    • Laminectomy for spinal stenosis: $50,000 – $90,000
    • Herniated Disc Procedures: $20,000 – $50,000
    • Spinal Fusion for slipped vertebrae or spinal instability: $80,000 – $150,000+
    • These costs are for surgery alone, not including recovery time with lost wages, plus recovery equipment and medications, physical therapy, and more.

If you or a loved one suffered a back injury in an accident due to the negligence of another party, call our back injury attorneys today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

What Compensation Can I Get For My Back Injury?

Victims of back injuries can seek various forms of compensation that reflect the broad impact such injuries can have on their lives. Compensation is generally categorized into economic damages, non-economic damages, and in some cases, punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages cover the financial losses directly resulting from the injury. These include medical expenses, both immediate and ongoing, such as hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and any necessary medical equipment. Lost wages and loss of earning capacity are also significant aspects of economic damages, compensating for the time off work and any potential future earnings lost due to the injury’s long-term effects.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages recognize the intangible losses that don’t have a direct monetary value but significantly impact the victim’s life. This category includes pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Calculating non-economic damages can be complex, as it involves evaluating the subjective experience of the injured person.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are less common and are not meant to compensate the victim for their losses. Instead, these damages are awarded to punish the defendant for exceptionally reckless or malicious behavior and to deter similar conduct in the future. While not applicable in all cases, punitive damages can substantially increase the total compensation awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions warrant such a penalty.

It’s important to work closely with a skilled attorney who can help identify all potential forms of compensation applicable to your back injury case and effectively argue for the maximum amount you’re entitled to under the law.

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Why You Need a Back Injury Lawyer

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Have you suffered a back injury from a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, slip and fall accident, or another type of accident? Thompson Law’s back injury attorneys truly understand the painful, frustrating, and expensive implications that these injuries can have on your body and your life. Our compassionate back injury attorneys are standing by 24/7 to offer you a free consultation regarding your accident and resulting injuries.

When you reach out to the back injury attorneys at Thompson Law firm following your back injury accident, your skilled attorney and team will guide you every step of the way through your claim and case process. They will be able to examine and investigate every detail of the events surrounding your injury. Armed with this information, your dedicated team will go to battle for your best possible settlement and your highest rightful compensation. Our results speak for themselves, and our passion to seek justice for our clients is limitless.

Suffering a traumatic back injury like this after a serious accident can make recovery and healing a full-time job. Take care, focus on your health, and leave the hard work of fighting the insurance companies and at-fault parties to your trusted back injury lawyers at Thompson Law.

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Personal Injury FAQs

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If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.

Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.

A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck. 

A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

Some of the most devastating injuries caused by careless driving happen to pedestrians. As a pedestrian, you have the same right to be free from injury and harm caused by the irresponsibility, error, or negligence of others as any motorist on the road. In is important to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you are injured as a pedestrian. The right attorney will see that you receive the medical care you need, guide your damage claim process, and receive full compensation for your injuries.  

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.

No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.

The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.

Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.  

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 6-12 months from date of incident; but the timeline in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process

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