Serious Back Injuries Need Serious Personal Injury Attorneys
If you are suffering with a back injury, you are not alone. Approximately 70-85% of Americanssuffer 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 challengesmanaging 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, 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.
Thompson Law is dedicated and driven to provide the best personal injury 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 we offer a variety of convenient ways to connect with you after your injury: via the web here, over the phone at 844-308-8180, or we can even send a specialized legal counselor to you to work through your claim together. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious accident resulting in back injury or another trauma, please reach out 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.
Get medical treatment! Your health and safety are the most important thing, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a hospital or doctor. Not sure that you’re injured or how serious your injury might be? You should still seek immediate medical attention if you are in a car accident, truck wreck or any other type of accident.
Getting immediate medical treatment does two things: First, it makes sure that any injuries you sustained are properly diagnosed and treated and second, it helps eliminate any doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injury, but making the mistake to skip getting checked out can have serious consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for medical bills and time off work, with the help of your attorney.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:11:09-06:00
A competent and skilled personal injury lawyer is almost always necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you have 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. They are there to take care of the defendant (their customer) who caused your wreck or accident.
An expert personal injury attorney should be able to help you not only force that insurance company to pay for the injuries and damages the defendant caused, but will also do their best to make sure that you are compensated for every category of damages you may be entitled to, some of which you may not even be aware of: medical bills, future surgical costs, time off work in the past or time you may have to take off in the future, as well as the pain, suffering, and impairment that many injured people experience.
What Factors Affect My Claim’s Value?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:12:12-06:00
The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win.
Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.
Who Should I Call Immediately After Leaving the Scene of an Accident?Kirk2018-11-18T21:52:31-06:00
Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.
Should I Conduct My Own Investigation?Kirk2018-11-18T21:53:20-06:00
The real question here is how soonshould you contact a personal injury attorney, and the answer is as soon as possible! In Texas, you generally have two (2) years to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. However, other states may have different time limits, and you may not always be able to tell on your own which state’s limitations apply to your case! The safest course of action for anybody injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of case, is to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney in your area.
This will help you make sure that your claim will not miss the applicable limitations period. But second, and just as importantly, it will make sure that the right investigations are conducted and the right steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim in court, should that become necessary.
What Happens If the Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:25:11-06:00
If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.
What Damages Can I Recover?Kirk2020-01-23T12:26:33-06:00
If you are injured in an accident, the robust team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators at Thompson Law is ready to fight to help you get the money you deserve. Damages can include doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and can include pain and suffering and even punitive damages in certain cases.
What Is Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage?Thompson Law2020-01-23T12:27:41-06:00
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.
What is Comparative Negligence?Thompson Law2018-10-18T11:20:51-05:00
Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.
A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.
What Happens When the Police Arrive on the Scene?Kirk2020-01-23T11:55:38-06:00
Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.
The Insurance Company Says My Car Is Totaled. Now What?Kirk2020-01-23T11:58:20-06:00
In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss. You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.
A Family Member Was Injured in an Accident. Can I File a Lawsuit?Kirk2020-01-23T12:45:15-06:00
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 I’m Partly to Blame for the Accident, Can I Still File a Case?Kirk2020-01-23T12:37:55-06:00
Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.
Can I afford to hire a great attorney?cbraun2020-01-23T12:54:16-06:00
If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.
How do I know you will take my case?cbraun2020-01-23T12:56:15-06:00
If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available.If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime!
I had a slip & fall accident. Do I need to hire a lawyer?cbraun2020-01-23T12:58:38-06:00
Absolutely. Premises liability cases, sometimes called “slip and fall” accidents, can be difficult to prove and require prompt action to preserve the evidence and witness statements you will need to pursue a claim. Additionally, Texas law on premises liability has become extremely difficult to navigate and unfavorable for injured parties. Your chances of receiving fair and just compensation for your injuries from a slip and fall increase significantly with a tenacious personal injury lawyer on your side.
How do I know you are the right personal injury attorney for my case?cbraun2020-01-23T12:59:54-06:00
The right 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, LLP 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 Injury Lawyers can assist you.
Can I have a free consultation about my case?cbraun2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00
Yes! Thompson Law is available24 hours a day, 7 days a weekto 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!
I’m in the hospital or unable to travel. How do I meet with a lawyer?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00
Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
I was just in an accident. What do I need to do first?cbraun2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00
Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start:
GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you.
CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.
TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.
GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.
FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.
CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.
I was a passenger in an accident. Can I still claim damages?cbraun2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00
Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too. As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck. Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.
I was hit by a car while riding my bike. What do I need to do?cbraun2020-01-23T13:02:15-06:00
Bike accidents unfortunately occur more and more often and can cause serious and severe injuries to the cyclist.
First, stay at the scene. As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention. Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team.
Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers. DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.
Fourth, document the scene. Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc. Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.
Last, call Thompson Law Injury Lawyers today. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.
After an accident, how do my medical expenses and other damages get paid?cbraun2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00
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.
How long is the case process?cbraun2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00
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 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe 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, that 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.
Causes of Back Injury
Events, Risk Factors and Resulting Injury Types
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 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 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.
Slip and fall – such as slick flooring, icy surfaces, deteriorating stairs, broken walkways, poor lighting
Workplace – including falls from heights, crush injuries beneath or between objects, fire & explosions
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
Backpack – heavy loads to carry, especially for smaller, less developed bodies of children
Types of Back Injury
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 a 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 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 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– 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 – 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.
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.
Pain radiating outward in the body, especially down the leg
Pain that becomes worse with bending, lifting, standing or walking
Pain that improves with reclining
Secondary side effects – trouble sleeping, headaches, nausea, trouble focusing
COMPLICATIONS & WARNING SIGNS
Bowel or bladder issues
Pain does not improve with rest
Area of pain spreads or increases
Auxiliary injuries, i.e. a slipped disk causes a pinched nerve or muscle strain
Weakness, tingling, numbness or other new sensations begin
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 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 you are in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, or anywhere else in Texas.
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, electrodiagnostics, including electromyography (EMG), evoked potential (EP) studies, and nerve conduction studies (NCS), can be used to stimulate muscles and nerves. 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
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.
Financial Impacts of Back Injury
Individually, Locally, Nationally and Globally – Back Pain Causes Financial Crises
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 work days 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 work days 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 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 orthopaedic 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.
Why You Need A Back Injury Lawyer
Have you suffered a back injury from a motor vehicle, workplace, slip and fall, or other type of accident? Thompson Law truly understands the painful, frustrating, and expensive implications that these injuries can have on your body and your life. Our compassionate legal consultants are standing by 24/7 to speak with you about your accident and resulting injuries.
When you reach out to the Lion 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 lawyer at Thompson Law.