Back and Neck Injuries
Injuries to the back and neck can be devastating, with victims left unable to walk, care for themselves, or perform the work they used to do before the accident. Common causes of neck and back injuries include automobile accidents, work-related mishaps, slip and fall incidents, or sports-related injuries.
If you experience pain, stiffness, or numbness in your back or neck after an accident, you should seek medical & legal attention as soon as possible. Your injuries may be worse than you think, and immediate diagnosis and treatment may help you avoid aggravating your injury.
Medical records can also be critical to any claims you make for personal injury or worker’s compensation. When the accident that caused these injuries is the result of someone else’s negligence, or occurred on someone else’s property, you may be able to obtain compensation for lost income and medical expenses. It is important to speak with a Miami lawyer about your neck & back injuries.Types of injuries
The symptoms and prognosis for back and neck injuries vary based on where the injury is located and whether the injury involves the spinal cord. Possible injuries include:
- Back fractures
- Herniated or “slipped” discs
- Chronic back pain
- Lumbar strain
- Lower back injuries
- Nerve damage and numbness
Many back/neck injuries involve damage to the spine. Whiplash, for example, often occurs as a result of a motor vehicle accident, when the impact causes the head to “whip” suddenly back and forth. Damage can affect ligaments, discs, and joints. Whiplash can also cause dizziness; headaches; pain in the back, shoulders, neck, or arms; and other symptoms. Severe spinal injuries can cause full or partial paralysis. Because we use our necks and backs for almost everything we do, these injuries can have a serious impact on our ability to function, and involve extensive medical treatment.Impact on you
These types of injuries can cause pain and suffering, as well as significant economic losses. You may find yourself unable to work while facing expensive medical treatment, possibly including medication, x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physical rehabilitation, or even back surgery. Even with proper treatment, your ability to work and function may be limited.
At the same time, insurance companies, including worker’s compensation insurance, may attempt to minimize or even discredit your injuries. Often, debilitating neck and back injuries do not have obvious physical causes, and can be hard to detect, even with MRIs and x-rays. It can be difficult to prove the full extent of these injuries, even though the effects on you can be devastating.
That’s why it’s important to consult a Miami personal injury attorney with experience in neck and back injury claims to help you. At Friedman, Rodman & Frank, our attorneys will take the time to investigate your claim, and will work with qualified medical specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and physical and occupational therapists to pursue any claims you may have against negligent parties.Contact a South Florida personal injury lawyer with experience in back and neck injuries
If you or a family member has suffered a back or neck injury that is the result of another party’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim to help you face both the immediate and long-term consequences of an neck or back injury. The South Florida attorneys at Friedman, Rodman & Frank will work with you to help you get the compensation you need to start or continue your medical treatment, letting you focus on your recovery.
Contact us at our Miami law offices by calling 305-448-8585 or 877-448-8585, or by completing our online contact form. Our attorneys can communicate with you in English, Spanish, and Creole, and our consultations are free and confidential.