Serious Back Injury Attorneys

Serious Back Injuries Need Serious Personal Injury Attorneys

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.

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, 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 a 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.

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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 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.

Catalytic Events

  • Slip and fall: Such as slick flooring, icy surfaces, deteriorating stairs, broken walkways, poor lighting, etc.
  • Workplace: 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

  • 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 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.

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

  • Shooting pains
  • Stabbing pains
  • Muscle aches
  • 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

  • Fever
  • 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
  • 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 you are in DallasFort WorthSan Antonio, or anywhere else in Texas.

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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. 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.

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Financial Impacts of Back Injury

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 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 another 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 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 lawyer at Thompson Law.

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Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 10 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2020, including the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.