A back injury can cause your body and your life to begin shutting down. The bones and muscles in your back hold your body upright, and your spine transmits critical signals that enable many of the physical functions you rely on every day. When you get hurt in an accident, you may lose those functions. You need a caring, experienced back injury lawyer by your side to help you negotiate the physical and economic fallout.
What Qualifies as a Back Injury?
Spinal or back injuries can be minor, such as strained muscles, or severe, such as paralysis. They may involve your spinal column, vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, skeletal structure or certain organs. If a motorist knocks you off your bicycle, you could break some of the delicate bones in your back. If you slip and fall on an icy walkway, you could injure your spine, pull a ligament or wrench your lower back muscles.
Spondylolisthesis is one condition that can result from a traumatic back injury. Symptoms include shooting pains in your legs and glutes, lower back pain and muscle weakness. Depending on the severity of the condition, you would face extensive physical therapy or even surgery. The same is true of other back injury conditions.
What Are the Costs of Back Injury?
Any time you sustain a substantial injury, you accrue medical bills. If you must take time off work, you lose income as well. However, due to the nature of back injuries, the financial repercussions may be far more extensive.
One reason for this is that a back injury may not make itself apparent right away. Any delay in seeking medical help may mean you need more extensive treatment than if you had seen your doctor immediately.
Also, spinal injuries often persist for years, requiring ongoing therapy, medication and time away from work. In some cases, you may be unable to work at all. If you are paralyzed, the financial repercussions are likely to be overwhelming.
You and your family should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. A back injury lawyer can provide the legal support you need.
When Can A Back Injury Lawyer Pursue Compensation?
Your attorney can seek compensation if another person’s negligence or purposeful actions caused your back injury. Some types of negligence include:
- Driving while distracted
- Failure to make a premises safe for tenants
- Substandard medical care
- Failure to recall products that are unsafe
- Unsafe conditions in the workplace
In addition, people’s intentional actions can cause your back injury, making them liable to pay for your damages. Examples include:
- Unreasonable roughness in team play
- Driving a vehicle that is obviously unsafe
- Reckless driving
What Types of Compensation Are Available?
Your back injury lawyer has the knowledge and resources to help you determine the current and future economic costs of a back injury. The damages might consist of pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of consortium with your spouse, permanent disability and/or emotional distress. In addition, if someone purposely injured you, you may opt to seek punitive damages.
Get the Legal Representation You Need
At Rizio Law Firm of Southern California, we have the legal experience and personal commitment to protect your interests after a back injury accident. Get in touch with us today at 888-292-8888 to arrange a free consultation, or fill out our contact form, and get started protecting your family’s economic future.