Bucks County Back Injury Lawyer
Back injuries are one of the most common injury types, and can be caused as a result of an acute trauma, or repetitive stress. These injuries vary significantly in severity, with minor back injuries causing affected persons discomfort and perhaps some minor disability, to the most severe of injuries resulting in permanent paralysis.
If you have suffered a back injury that you believe was caused by the fault of another person, our experienced Feasterville, PA back injury attorney wants to review your case for free today. We can help you determine if you have a case, and if so, what types of damages you may be able to recover.
Common Types of Accidents Leading to Back Injuries
A back injury can occur in nearly any type of accident. Some of the most common causes of back injuries include:
- Car, truck, and commercial vehicle accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents;
- Diving and boating accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Sports accidents; and
- Workplace accidents (such as falls from heights, lifting something heavy, etc.).
Again, back injuries can occur because of an acute trauma – i.e. the force that is sustained and placed on the back during a car accident, or because of a repetitive stress injury. A repetitive stress, or repetitive strain injury, is caused by repetitive movement and overuse.
Common Back Injuries, Treatment, and Outcome
The back is comprised of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons – any of these may be impacted during an accident that leads to a back injury. The following considers some of the most common back injury types–
- Vertebrae fractures and spinal cord injuries.
Your spinal column is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae, which not only form the shape of your spine, but also help to protect the spinal cord. When extreme amounts of force are applied to the vertebrae, they can fracture. While not all fractures will cause a spinal cord injury, it is possible for the spinal cord to be affected. If this is the case, the affected person may experience loss of bowel control, weakness or numbness, or even permanent partial or complete paralysis. Spinal cord damage cannot be corrected. However, vertebrae fractures that do not affect the spinal cord can be treated – surgery may be required for severe fractures.
- Herniated disk injuries.
Found in between the vertebrae of the spine, soft, rubbery cushions called disks help to absorb shock and protect the spine. When the softer inside of the disk bulges out past its harder exterior, a person suffers from what is known as a herniated disk injury. Usually, herniated disk injuries occur in the lower, or lumbar spine, although herniated disk injuries in other parts of the spine are possible, too. Most herniated disk injuries are caused by deterioration of the disks with age combined with improper movement of the spine, such as twisting suddenly or lifting a heavy object with bad form. It is possible, although rare, for herniated disk injuries to occur because of a traumatic accident.
- Sprains and strains.
Finally, a person may suffer a sprain or a strain injury. A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament; a strain is the stretching or tearing of a muscle. Back strains and sprains are common, and may occur when the back is quickly moved into an awkward or unnatural position (such as during a fall), because of a sports injury, or because of lifting something too heavy, amongst other things.
Treatment and outcome for back injuries depends upon the type of injury sustained and the individual patient. Some injuries may require surgery to treat; others may heal on their own with rest and time, or may be helped along with physical therapy. Again, the most serious type of back injury is an injury that involves the spinal cord, as this can result in paralysis that is not correctable.
The Disabling Nature of a Back Injury and Related Damages
Everyone who has ever had a sore back knows how limiting this can be. But when a back is actually injured, rather than merely sore, the effects can be devastating. A back injury may:
- Result in thousands of dollars’ worth of medical treatment, ranging from prescription medications to x-rays and MRIs to physical therapy;
- Be disabling enough to prevent an injured person from returning to work, resulting in lost wages;
- Prevent a person from doing what they once loved, from walking their dog to picking up their child; and
- Cause pain, suffering, and emotional anguish.
When these injuries are incurred, affected persons deserve recompense.
Determining Liability for a Feasterville, PA Back Injury and Filing a Claim
If your injury was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you can file a personal injury claim against that party for damages. For example, you may file a claim against:
- The speeding driver of a car who crashed into you;
- The owner of a property who failed to repair a hazardous condition on their property, leading to a slip and fall; or
- A contractor or other third party responsible for your workplace injury.
The list is not complete; if negligence was the cause of your injury, you have the right to file a claim for the full value of your economic and noneconomic losses.
The statute of limitations for filing a claim for any type of personal injury in Pennsylvania is two years from the cause of action. If you wait longer than this, you will be barred from taking action.
How Our Feasterville, PA Back Injury Attorney Can Help You
Our Feasterville, PA back injury attorney will not only investigate the cause of your back injury to determine who is liable, but we will also organize all evidence relevant to your case, file your claim, negotiate on your behalf, and calculate the damages you’re owed. What’s more, we will never charge you a cent unless your case is successful.
Our lawyers are ready to get to work for you today. If you are recovering from a back injury and want to learn more about the claims process, please contact us online or by phone to schedule your free case review.