The seriousness of back injuries
A back injury is always painful because it involves damage or injury to the muscles, nerves, or vertebrae of the spine. The majority of back injuries involve either the top of the spine known as the cervical region, or the bottom of the spine which is known as the lumbar region. The five largest and strongest vertebrae in the lumbar region. This usually means that low back pain can be particularly debilitating. However, cervical back pain can lead to loss of motion and can be just as unbearable.
Negligence and back injuries
We injure our back a number of ways. The enigmatic fact about our back is that one would assume that a structure designed to protect and provide support for the spinal cord, would require a devastating trauma to cause injury. Yet it is often reported that people have injured their back performing very common tasks such as bending over to pick up a piece of paper. For the intent of this article, we are going to focus on this injury that could be the result of someone’s negligence. Consider the following acts that could result in back injury:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Slip and fall accident
- Sports injury
- Repetitive use or strain
- Criminal assault
Even a minor injury can be life altering because the number one effect of a back injury has to be the resulting chronic or acute pain. Victims of back injury also suffer with muscle weakness, loss of muscle coordination, numbness and/or tingling in the extremities. The complications can continue or become worse when an injury fails to heal properly. In extreme cases, the damage is so severe that it causes the permanent loss of mobility or paralysis. In every one of these cases, the quality of the victim’s life is negatively impacted because the back injury leaves him or her unable to do the things that they normally do.
The most frequent types of back injury are:
- Herniated disc
- Crushed vertebrae
- Lower back injury
- Torn ligaments
- Strained muscles
- Fractured spine
Representation from one of the best back injury law firms
If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury, you should always consult with a back injury attorney as soon as possible. You will need to be fairly compensated for your injury, and litigation may be required to make sure that you and your family receives the necessary care and support. Time is of the essence, as you may only have a limited time frame in which you are allowed to file a claim. Also, it is important to conduct an investigation into the cause of the injury as near the date of the injury as possible. The Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC is an experienced back injury law firm that knows the proper steps that need to be taken in order to secure your rights. Call them today; their back injury attorneys have a wealth of experience representing people in personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases.