Neck and back injuries are among the most common—and most painful—of all injuries. Due to their location and their overall impact, these types of injuries can be debilitating, leading to chronic pain and life-altering complications.
If you suffered a neck or back injury due to another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you should not have to simply suffer the consequences on your own. At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., we can help you seek justice and the fair financial compensation you are owed. Our Tallahassee neck and back injury lawyer has more than 25 years of legal experience and is ready to help you navigate the process of filing a personal injury claim so that you can get back on your feet.
Common Neck Injuries
Neck injuries tend to be extremely painful and can result in an array of complications, from limited range of motion and mobility to headaches and weakness in the arms and legs.
Some common types of neck injuries include:
- Sprains and Strains: Sprained or torn ligaments and strained neck muscles are common and typically result from sudden force on the neck, head, back, or entire body. Neck sprains and strains can lead to stiffness, soreness, immobility, and other problems.
- Pinched Nerves: A pinched nerve can occur when various structures, such as bones, tissues, and tendons, press on surrounding nerves. Pinched nerves in the neck often accompany sprains and strains and typically lead to considerable pain.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a common neck injury resulting from motor vehicle accidents. It refers to a variety of neck injuries affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, nerves, and bones and is commonly the result of sudden and severe back-and-forth motion of the head and/or neck.
- Slipped Discs: A slipped disc, also known as a herniated or ruptured disc, occurs when the inner portion of the spinal disc, which sits between the bones that make up the vertebrae, pushes through the outer part of the disc, leading to severe pain and other complications.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries affecting the neck area of the spine can result in significant, catastrophic consequences. Victims may suffer partial or total paralysis, chronic pain, nerve damage, and more.
- Spinal Fractures: A spinal fracture, or broken neck, can be fatal. When victims survive, they often suffer severe injuries, including total and permanent paralysis (quadriplegia/tetraplegia). These are among the most severe of all neck injuries.
If you suspect that you or someone else may have suffered a neck or spine injury, call 911. Do not attempt to move anyone who appears seriously injured unless absolutely necessary.
Common Back Injuries
Like neck injuries, back injuries are often extremely painful and can lead to life-altering consequences for victims and their loved ones. Unfortunately, back injuries are also incredibly common. According to some studies, as many as 80% of adults are expected to experience at least one back injury at some point in their lives.
Some of the most common types of back injuries include:
- Overexertion: Overexertion, whether at work or elsewhere, can lead to sprains and strains in the muscles and ligaments that make up the back. This, in turn, can lead to considerable back pain, particularly in the lower back.
- Bulging/Ruptured Discs: Just as one can experience a herniated disc in the neck, one can also suffer a bulging or ruptured disc in the mid to lower back. Although this can cause significant pain, it can also occur without pain, making it difficult to detect, diagnose, and treat.
- Degenerative Disease: Certain degenerative conditions, like arthritis and osteoporosis, can lead to back pain, brittleness, fractures, and other conditions, including spinal stenosis, which occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows.
- Fractured Vertebrae: A broken back occurs when fractures form in the vertebrae, or the bones that make up the spinal column. This is a very serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition. Seek medical attention right away for suspected vertebral fractures.
Whether caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or a traumatic accident, back injuries can be debilitating. Victims may experience intense pain and lasting complications that hinder their ability to return to their normal lives.
What Are the Leading Causes of Neck & Back Injuries?
Generally speaking, most neck and back injuries result from traumatic accidents/events, overexertion, and disease.
Specifically, the leading causes of neck and back injuries include:
- Car accidents, motorcycle wrecks, and other motor vehicle collisions
- Falls, including slip and falls and falls from heights
- Workplace accidents and injuries, including repetitive motion injuries and overuse
- Accidents involving large trucks and other commercial vehicles
- Collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents
- Medical malpractice and negligence
- Violence, such as assault, and other criminal conduct
While some neck and back injuries cannot be prevented, most result from the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. When this is the case, victims could have grounds for legal action against the people or parties who are legally liable.
Who Is Liable for Your Damages?
Neck and back injuries often lead to extensive financial and non-financial losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When someone else was at fault for your injuries, you should not have to deal with these damages on your own. Depending on the specific details of your situation, you could be eligible to file a personal injury claim against one or several liable parties.
The liable party in your case will be the one who:
- Owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to act reasonably and take precautions to prevent causing injury to others
- Failed to uphold the duty of care, typically by acting negligently, carelessly, wrongfully, recklessly, or intentionally
- Directly or proximately caused your injuries through their negligent, careless, wrongful, reckless, or intentional conduct
For example, if you were hit by a drunk or distracted driver and suffered whiplash and a herniated disc, among other injuries, you could sue the at-fault driver for damages. If you were injured on someone else’s property due to a defective or dangerous condition, you could bring a claim against the liable property owner or manager.
At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., our Tallahassee neck and back injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options. With more than two decades of experience, Attorney Shapiro understands the devastating impact these types of injuries have, as well as the challenges his clients face. He and our entire team are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and seek the maximum compensation you deserve.
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