Compassionate Representation After Back And Spinal Injuries
The sudden force of a motor vehicle accident or a hard fall down the stairs can lead to serious neck and back injuries, such as a herniated disc, slipped disc, bulging disc or another back injury. These neck and back injuries can cause chronic pain and lead to even more severe medical concerns.
If you suffered a back injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help gather the evidence you need and build a strong case to convince the insurance companies, or a jury, to offer the full damages you deserve. With more than 50 years of combined experience, the Las Vegas back injury attorneys at Christiansen Law Offices are equipped to represent clients suffering from all types of back and spinal cord injuries.
Holding Negligent People Responsible For Your Suffering
Negligent drivers, careless property owners, trucking companies that encourage long driving hours, employers that disregard safety measures: these are all factors that can lead to serious accidents and back injuries. Our attorneys represent accident victims in personal injury cases resulting from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- RV accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
Often insurance companies and other responsible parties are reluctant to pay the full damages because they do not believe the injury is as severe as the victim is claiming. They may deny that the back injury was not related to the accident at all, especially if the victim has a history of back pain from a prior injury. We gather as much evidence as possible to strengthen our clients’ claims. Working with medical experts and other specialists, we work hard to create compelling cases that lead to fair settlements or verdicts.
Zealous Advocacy For Spinal Cord Injury Victims
We provide zealous advocacy to Las Vegas accident victims suffering from spinal cord injuries resulting in:
- Paraplegia: A significant blow to the back in an attack, car accident or another accident can leave the victim paralyzed from the torso down – paraplegia. Through extensive rehabilitative therapy, people suffering from paraplegia may be capable of learning to work around severe limitations. However, even seemingly simple tasks can seem out of reach when confined to a wheelchair.
- Quadriplegia: Diving into too shallow of water in the hotel pool, a rollover accident, and many other high impact accidents can lead to the paralysis of the upper and lower extremities – quadriplegia or tetraplegia. A spinal cord injury that leads to such significant paralysis, which will affect the individual for the rest of his or her life and place substantial burdens on the family to care for the disabled victim.
Having successfully represented clients suffering from catastrophic injuries, our disabled victim attorneys understand the realities our clients face every day. We are determined to collect the necessary evidence, prepare for trial and demonstrate to a jury if necessary, the full impact of your injuries. By working with specialists, we effectively express to the insurance company or jury the level of compensation that will be necessary to satisfy your needs. We seek maximum compensation for past, current and future medical costs; rehabilitation expenses; lost wages; medical devices and procedures; loss of enjoyment of life; and pain and suffering associated with the spinal cord injury.
Car Accidents And Back Injuries
Unfortunately, back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered as a result of automobile accidents. A vehicle collision can cause a range of back injuries, including:
One type of back injury common among car accident victims is called a herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc. Discs are small, spongy cushions within the spinal column that separate and protect the vertebrae from one another and give the spine flexibility.
The impact from a car accident can damage a disc, causing it to break or deform, thereby destroying its ability to cushion the bones of the spine. A damaged disc may also put pressure directly on nearby nerves, which can cause pain, numbness and weakness in any part of the body that the affected nerve travels to.
Disc injuries in the lower back frequently lead to a condition called sciatica, which is characterized by shooting pain, numbness and tingling in the leg and/or buttock on either side. The pain associated with sciatica can be severe and debilitating and has the potential to grow worse over time.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the link between the brain and the rest of the body; when healthy, it carries messages back and forth that facilitate motor control and sensory function. A spinal cord injury occurs when the impact of a car accident causes a blow to the spine and damages the fragile bundle of nerves within it.
Spinal cord injuries impair the brain’s ability to communicate with the body, resulting in paralysis and lack of sensation in all or part of the body. A spinal cord injury may be complete, meaning that there is total numbness and paralysis in the affected part of the body, or it may be incomplete, meaning that some amount of sensation or movement remains in the affected area.
The higher an injury is on the spine, the more of the body will be affected. Thus, an injury to the middle or lower spine will usually affect the legs, in a condition called paraplegia. In contrast, an injury to the neck or upper back is likely to affect the arms as well as the legs, in which case the condition is called quadriplegia.
Car accidents can also cause compression fractures, especially in older adults. Compression fractures are tiny cracks in the bones of the spine that can eventually cause the vertebrae to collapse and deform. As a result, the shape and structure of the spine may be permanently altered.
Symptoms of a compression fracture may include pain and breathing difficulties, as well as changes in posture. Because compression fractures are common among older adults, many people mistake the symptoms for normal signs of aging or arthritis and fail to seek medical attention. An estimated two-thirds of compression fractures go undiagnosed.
Even so-called “low impact” car accidents (those that occur at speeds of less than ten miles per hour) often lead to serious long-term injury. After all, while cars are built to withstand such impacts with little or no damage, the human body is not.
The soft tissues in the back and neck are particularly vulnerable to injuries in low-speed collisions, which often involve sudden jerking motions that can stretch or tear delicate nerves, muscles and connective tissues. More than one-third of people involved in low-speed collisions experience soft tissue injuries, and while some recover in a matter of weeks or months, others face permanent pain and disability.
Soft tissue injuries can be easily overlooked because they often occur in accidents that appear minor, and symptoms may not appear until several days later. Signs of soft tissue injury include muscle soreness or stiffness, bruising, numbness or tingling.
Work Accident Lawyers
We also represent people who suffered back injuries in construction accidents or another workplace accident. These cases can be complex because of special rules protecting employers from personal injury lawsuits. We will walk you through the legal process of pursuing compensation from the negligent party.
After an accident, the long-term costs of dealing with a back injury can be very high. Medical care alone can be a major expense, particularly where hospitalization, rehabilitation, or any ongoing or follow-up procedure is necessary for the injury.
Lost income is another major concern when a back injury interferes with a person’s ability to work. Likewise, someone suffering from a back injury may be unable to perform everyday tasks like yardwork, laundry or grocery shopping, thus adding the additional expense of hiring someone else to complete those tasks.
Seeking Compensation After A Back Injury
A person who has been injured in an accident can go to court to ask for compensation from the party who was responsible for the accident. In most cases, the injured person will ask for compensatory damages, which is a monetary amount intended to restore the injured person to the same position he or she was in before the accident occurred. Compensatory damages are calculated to include out-of-pocket economic factors, such as medical expenses and lost wages, as well and noneconomic factors like pain and suffering.
In addition to compensatory damages, punitive damages may be available in certain cases where an accident occurs because another driver has behaved recklessly or irresponsibly, or where the accident was caused by a manufacturing defect of an automobile.
While monetary compensation can never completely make up for a serious injury, it can help provide the necessary tools for recovery. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to find out whether you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Let Our Personal Injury Attorneys Help You
If you are suffering from a back injury, we are here to help. Contact our personal injury law firm today online or by telephone at 702-570-9262 to speak with an experienced lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a free initial consultation.
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