Injuring your neck or back can have significant impacts on your day-to-day life. These types of injuries can make it uncomfortable to stand, sit, or bend. In more severe cases, you may lose your ability to walk or have other mobility issues. Severe injuries can cause long-term or even permanent disability.
If you have injured your neck or back in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Injury lawyer David Fuchs works with accident victims to make sure they get the compensation they need to put their lives back together. If you’re suffering from a neck or back injury and need help, call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer from David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636, or reach out via our online form to schedule a free case consultation.
Back injuries range from mild to severe. However, such injuries can be especially complicated, and the symptoms may not manifest themselves right away. It is critical that you see your doctor and get your injury properly diagnosed.
You may be experiencing pain in your upper, lower, or middle back following an accident. An experienced attorney can help you fight for compensation for the following types of back injuries:
The force of impact on your back can result in nerve damage. Generally speaking, the pain tends to radiate out through the nervous system and into your arms and legs. You may experience tingling or loss of sensation in your extremities. Nerve damage in your back can result from almost any type of accident.
In severe accidents, you can suffer a broken back, where one or several of your vertebrae are fractured. Serious car accidents and falls often result in fractured vertebrae.
There are discs of tissue between each vertebra in your spine that serve as cushions in your spine. Violent trauma to the back can cause these discs to bulge or slip between the vertebrae, pressing on nerves and surrounding tissues. Herniated discs can be extremely painful, and often require extensive surgery to repair.
Spinal cord injuries are the most serious back injury you can suffer. A spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord itself is damaged or completely severed. Spinal cord injuries often result in partial or total paralysis.
Accidents that result in back injuries often cause neck problems as well, since the neck is a part of your spine. You can suffer the same damage to your neck as you can to your back, including fractures, herniated discs, and nerve damage.
Neck injuries can often be difficult to distinguish from back injuries, but a medical professional can make the proper diagnosis. That said, you may need an experienced neck injury attorney to ensure that you receive fair compensation for any injuries you incur as the result of a personal injury accident.
Whiplash is a relatively common soft tissue injury to the neck, caused by sudden, forceful back and forth movement of the head. Although whiplash injuries are not typically life-threatening, they can result in strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck, and damage to the spinal discs and nerves surrounding the area.
Whiplash injuries are most often caused by rear-end car accidents, where the force of the vehicle from behind forces the head to snap back and forth. That said, whiplash injuries can be caused in other kinds of accidents. A skilled whiplash lawyer can evaluate your claim no matter what type of accident caused your injury.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
Whiplash symptoms range from mild to severe, and can get worse over time. It’s also important to note that you may not experience any symptoms until several days after your accident. Regardless, you should seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience symptoms. Early detection and proper diagnosis are essential to getting the right treatment and making a full recovery.
Whiplash can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort. Neck and back pain, severe headaches, stiffness, and dizziness can make everyday tasks extremely difficult. You may find yourself unable to work, take care of your family, and participate in activities that you enjoy.
It’s also not uncommon for people who have suffered whiplash also to experience emotional or psychological effects. You may feel depressed or anxious and even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following an accident that caused you to experience whiplash. The pain and suffering caused by this type of injury can also result in loss of sleep, adding to the cost to your mental health.
With treatment, most people can expect to make a full recovery from whiplash. In severe cases, however, you may experience symptoms for months or even years. People who have previously suffered whiplash and the elderly are at risk for suffering from more severe cases of the harm. Some people experience persistent, chronic whiplash systems for the remainder of their lives.
Once you’ve seen your doctor, the most important thing you can do is to follow your doctor’s instructions. This may mean staying home from work for a couple of days and getting plenty of rest. While this won’t be easy, it’s a necessary part of your recovery.
The next thing you should do is inform your insurance company that you have been injured in an accident. Explain that you are receiving medical care. They may try to settle your claim right away, but you should not accept their initial offer. Accepting the offer will include a waiver of any future claims, and you don’t yet know what the total cost of your injury will be.
You should also inform the insurance company if you have hired an attorney to represent you.
You also want to carefully track any expenses caused by the injury. Keep a copy of all medical bills, but also write down any lost wages or other income, as well as any other money you spent on treatment and recovery.
In addition to tracking your expenses, you want to compile all of the documents related to the accident. This includes doctors’ notes and other medical reports, as well as police reports and any witness statements.
Finally, you should contact an experienced whiplash attorney. They can help you understand your options, work with you to collect the bills and other documents you need, and pursue a fair settlement of your whiplash claim.
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