Back, Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries that occur in the back, spine, and neck can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. Movement may be restricted, if not impossible, and a person may be unable to work or to participate in the hobbies he or she once enjoyed. The cost of rehabilitative care can wipe out a family’s savings and ruin their plans for the future.
In situations where a loved one has suffered a debilitating back, neck, or spinal cord injury, family dynamics change, as people step into the role of caregiver. What makes these situations even more unfortunate is that the people who cause these kinds of accidents often suffer only minor consequences, or no consequences at all.
Negligent property owners, reckless drivers, and other careless individuals are to blame for a large number of severe accidents. If someone else caused an accident that injured you or a family member, we may be able to help you.
Neck Injury Lawyer
Many people have experienced a painful “crick in the neck” after turning their head too quickly. That’s usually a symptom of a cervical neck sprain or strain, an injury that commonly occurs when the head moves too suddenly, or in an unnatural way.
Whiplash is a more serious type of neck injury that involves the muscles, tendons, nerves, and discs. Also called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) syndrome, this injury is often attributed to rear-end collisions. When one car strikes another from behind, the driver of the forward car absorbs much of the energy from that crash. A shockwave moves up the spine to the head, causing a forward-and-backward snapping motion that injures the neck.
Back Injuries in Austin
Back injuries can occur in a number of ways. In workplaces, many people suffer back injuries when lifting heavy objects. A slip-and-fall accident can also injure muscles, tendons, and discs in the back. Some back injuries may resolve in a few days, while others may cause chronic pain. In some cases, surgery and medical treatments don’t alleviate back pain, leaving sufferers with a diminished quality of life.
A back injury that’s severe enough to interfere with one’s daily routine – walking, sleeping, sitting upright, working – may require extensive physical therapy before normal range of motion can be achieved. A person who can’t work but also has to pay for doctor’s visits and physical therapy can end up in a perilous financial situation rather quickly.
If you’ve suffered a back injury due to a workplace accident, a slip and fall, a car accident, or some other situation resulting from another party’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation that could help you cover your medical costs and continue living life as normally as possible.
Spinal Cord Injuries in Austin
Of the spinal cord injuries that occurred between 2010 and 2014, 38 percent were caused by vehicle accidents and 30 percent were caused by falls. Acute spinal cord injuries may result in bruising of the spinal cord or a tear in the spinal cord. The severity of these injuries depends to some degree on where in the spinal cord they occur. For example, injuries in the lower part of the spine may interfere with bladder function, and injuries closer to the neck may disrupt lung function.
These injuries may cause widespread or localized paralysis, loss of sensation in parts of the body, and death. Survivors of spinal cord injury face a long and difficult rehabilitation that may or may not result in improvement. And it’s a costly process, because many healthcare personnel may be involved along the way: neurosurgeons, physical therapists, speech therapists, psychiatrists, respiratory therapists, and more.
People with severe spinal cord injuries may suffer from other ailments related to their injury – such as circulatory diseases and digestive disorders – that require subsequent hospitalization. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, about 30 percent of people with spinal cord injuries are hospitalized one or more times during any given year.
An injury to any of the top four vertebrae can cost an average of $1,064,716 in the first year, and $184,891 for every subsequent year. That means a person who is 25 years old at the time of the injury could end up paying about $4.7 million in medical costs in the course of a lifetime.
Protecting Your Rights
Insurance companies know that many people who’ve suffered from accident-related injuries aren’t aware of their own rights and will accept any settlement they’re offered. But when you have legal representation, insurers are more likely to offer the settlement you deserve.
The Evans Law Firm has successfully represented many Texans who have suffered from accident-related injuries, and we offer no-obligation consultations for personal injury victims. Fill out our online form, or call us today for help: 1-855-414-1012.