Back injuries can be extremely painful, and they can also cause major hardship in your life. If you are suffering from a serious back injury, there's a good chance that you are unable to work while you are in recovery. In fact, you may have even lost your job or you may have been forced to change occupations. Some individuals are never able to recover, making them unable to ever work again. In addition to the wage losses that back injury victims suffer from, there are also medical expenses to worry about.
If your back injury was caused by someone else's negligent acts (such as an act of drunk driving that caused a car accident, or violations of safety protocols that caused a workplace accident), you may be able to recoup your financial losses through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. This is where our law firm, Gill Law Group, can help. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys can thoroughly investigate the facts of your accident and fight for fair payment from the at-fault party's insurance company. For now, here are answers to some basic questions concerning back injuries.
What are the different types of back injuries that can occur?
The back is made up of bones (specifically the spinal cord), muscles, and soft tissue. When any of these parts of the back are injured, the injury victim can be seriously impacted. A few examples of common back injuries include sprains, strains, herniated disks, and fractures of the vertebrae. In some cases, blunt force to the back can cause a spinal cord injury that even paralyze the victim--possibly for the rest of his or her life.
How many people are affected by back injuries caused in the workplace?
In recent years, the U.S. Department of Labor has called back injuries the nation's No. 1 workplace problem. The federal department's Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that more than 1 million workers receive back injuries on an annual basis. Furthermore, of all compensation indemnity claims by employees, a quarter of them stem from back injuries. In addition to sudden back injuries (such as those caused by falling objects in the workplace), many employees suffer from work-related injuries that are formed over time. For example, a back injury may have been caused by continual heavy lifting that was part of a person's job.
What should I do after a back injury?
After seeking medical attention, the very next thing you should do is consult with an attorney. The insurance company of whoever is responsible for your injury may try to get you to rush into reaching a settlement that may not actually meet your needs. (For many back injuries, it takes time to determine the full extent of the damage.) Or, they may try to get you to provide a recorded statement that jeopardizes your chances of receiving full financial recovery. A lawyer can help you take steps to protect yourself!
To learn more about how you should proceed after a back injury, contact Gill Law Group. We offer complimentary initial consultations!