Back injuries are common occurrences after a serious accident. These injuries are not only expensive to treat but can leave you unable to go to work temporarily or even permanently. Because of the serious financial consequences of back injuries, accident victims should speak with a back injury lawyer in Pittsburgh to protect their legal rights and learn more about seeking compensation for their injuries.
The team at Berger and Green is ready to take your call now: 412-661-1400.
Common Back Injuries and How They Occur
Injuries to the back can occur during car accidents, slip and falls, assaults, and countless other types of incidents. Read more about the most common back injuries we see and how you can recover compensation for them.
Sprains & Strains
Sprains and strains are similar injuries to different parts of your body.
A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament, the bands of tissue which connect your bones at a joint.
Strains, on the other hand, are the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bone.
Serious car accidents and slip and falls often result in sprains or strains in the back.
Symptoms for both sprains and strains include pain, swelling, and limited ability to move the injured area.
You might also hear a popping sound when the injury occurs and see bruising in the days following.
Back spasms are very common with strains. They can be debilitating and can make it impossible to go to work or even move without pain.
Your spine contains of several individual bones called vertebrae with tiny rubbery cushions called discs between each. These cushions protect the bones and nerves in your spine.
Trauma to the back, such as a blunt force blow to the back or neck during a car accident or fall, can cause one of these discs to tear and the gel-like inside of the disc to ooze out, herniate.
Symptoms of a herniated disc include pain in the buttocks and legs, numbness or tingling, and general weakness.
Back pain from a herniated disc often lasts a few weeks or a few months; however, in some cases, it may continue indefinitely unless you undergo surgery to repair the damaged disc.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries from slip and falls and car accidents can stop your life on a dime. Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, you may be looking at partial or full paralysis.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Paralysis (either full or partial)
- Chronic pain
- Bladder and bowel issues
- Nerve pain
How Back Injuries Affect Victims
Many people that suffer trauma to the spine and back during accidents must contend with severe pain and limited mobility. In some cases, it can take months of rest and expensive surgeries to repair the injury. Other times, the damage and resulting pain is permanent.
In addition to pain and suffering, victims may lose income from taking time off of work to heal. Those with long-term injuries may be unable to return to their former job at all and instead must seek a different type of job, severely diminishing their earning capacity.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a back injury after an accident, contact the Pittsburgh accident lawyers at Berger and Green.
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and treatment, rehabilitation, physical therapy, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Important Evidence for Back Injury Accidents
It is imperative that you or your attorney collect information and evidence to build your case. This evidence can help establish the value of your damages and ultimately determine whether or not you are likely to win your case.
One of the most important pieces of evidence in a back injury case is your medical records. Not only will visiting a doctor ensure that you are on the road to recovery, but the doctor’s report will serve as proof of your injuries. Without this proof, insurance companies and the party at fault may refuse to pay for your injury.
Furthermore, your medical records and receipts will serve as a baseline for the dollar amount you should receive.
Other types of evidence include photographs from the scene of the accident, witness testimony and contact information, surveillance footage from nearby stores or traffic cameras, police reports, and of course the contact information and insurance information from the other party involved in the accident.
Recovering this evidence can be difficult for the average person. An attorney can gain access to all the evidence you need and determine the best way to present it to recover the compensation you deserve.
Call Berger and Green for Legal Help in Pittsburgh
The back injury lawyers at Berger and Green in Pittsburgh are here to help you after an accident. We will evaluate your case, help you collect evidence, and fight to get the maximum amount of damages possible for your injury. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation: 412-661-1400.