Back injuries are the leading cause of doctor visits in the United States each year. More than 140,000 instances were reported in 2013, accounting for 22% of all documented injuries. In 149 of these instances, the result was fatal. It is important to make sure if you have suffered a serious back injury to contact proper medical help and then your San Diego back injury attorney to help you recover the proper compensation for your recovery.
Because spinal health and back strength are so fundamental to human movement and functioning, individuals often file lawsuits when their pain or condition is caused by someone else’s negligence. Not every back injury is eligible for legal representation and compensation, but if the injury is sustained as a result of negligence or intent to harm, there is usually an opportunity to recover damages. The San Diego personal injury lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP have many years of combined successful experience handling all different types of spinal cord and back injury cases in San Diego and throughout the state of California.
Types of Back Injuries
Back injuries take many forms and can affect other parts of the body. Shoulder injuries, orthotic pain, leg and rear pain, and neck pain can all be connected to back injury. Injuries include:
- Chronic pain & Sciatica
- Misalignment or subluxation
- Disc herniation or compression
- Ligament tears
A majority of the above conditions are permanent and can be treated or managed, but cannot be cured or completely reversed. Further, many of the procedures or treatments for these conditions are expensive, time consuming, risky, or require a great deal of rehabilitation and recovery. However, regardless of the type of injury, all diminish quality of life.
If you are suffering daily effects from a back injury, you may be looking for financial relief. It is important to start by pinpointing the cause of your back pain to determine whether or not a lawsuit is a viable option.
Causes of Back Injuries
Workplace: Around 19% of all work related injuries are associated with the back and spine. 69% of work related back injuries are due to overexertion, repetitive motion, or lack of motion. While 50% of work related back injuries occur in the construction field, workers in the medical and clerical fields also represent a large portion of the suffering population. This is due to the sustained repetition of small movements in their daily tasks.
Auto Accidents: Whiplash is considered one of the primary causes of back injuries and occurs every 12 minutes in the United States as a result of automobile collisions. In these situations, back injury lawsuits can be filed against the at-fault driver to cover medical bills, loss of employment, and other stress resulting from the injury.
Slips and Falls: 11% of all reported back injuries are caused by slips and fall accidents. Back injury lawsuits can be filed when the fall is caused by another party’s negligence, including not repairing poor, slick, or hazardous conditions or failing to properly warn people about these dangerous conditions.
Implications of Back Injuries
Nearly $100 million is spent to remediate and rehabilitate back injuries each year. Back injuries cause chronic pain which can be debilitating and immobilizing, but there’s more; back injuries often cause short-term or long-term disability for sufferers, which can mean muscular atrophy, inability to resume daily tasks, inability to drive, complete loss of mobility, affects to other parts of the body, loss of employment, or inability to work. Cumulatively, 2.9 million days of work are missed each year by back injury sufferers.
Treating back injury can include chiropractic care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other more intensive medical treatments, such as cortical steroid injections, narcotic prescriptions, and major surgeries.
Contact Estey & Bomberger, LLP for Legal Representation
If your back pain is the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation to cover medical bills and emotional suffering. Contact the law office of Estey & Bomberger today to discuss the specifics of your case, and we will help you determine the best possible course of action to reclaim your rights and regain your freedom.