Injuries to the back can be devastating. When someone else is to blame for your back injury, you have the right to demand financial compensation. Money won’t guarantee a full recovery, but it can help to pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages, and compensate for the emotional trauma you’ve endured.
At Citywide Law Group, our Los Angeles back injury attorneys can help you maximize your financial settlement or award. Contact our personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
How Our Los Angeles Back Injury Lawyers Can Help You
If you’ve suffered a back injury you can ask for compensation. However, trying to fight with an insurance company or navigate a personal injury lawsuit on your own is the last thing you need right now. Hiring an attorney will give you time to focus on your recovery and increase the likelihood of securing a fair settlement offer.
At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys are committed to helping you get the money you deserve after an accident. As your attorneys, we will:
- Protect you from manipulative insurance companies;
- Thoroughly investigate your case to determine cause and liability;
- Aggressively pursue compensation for anyone who contributed to your injury;
- Gather evidence to support your claim and force defendants to extend a fair settlement offer;
- Work with experts in various fields to ensure your injury is valued properly;
- Highlight evidence that shifts blame to others if you share fault for the accident, and more.
We will not hesitate to take your case to court if you’re not satisfied with the settlement offers you’ve received. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Back Injuries Overview
Back injuries typically occur when bones, muscle, and/or tissue in the back become damaged, destroyed, or overused. This can include injuries to the backbone, or spinal column, that runs from the base of your head to your tailbone. Extreme damage to the spinal cord will typically be classified as a much more serious spinal cord injury.
Types of Back Injuries
There are many different types of back injuries that you can sustain in an accident.
Sprains and Strains
Back sprains and strains injuries involve damage or wear-and-tear to ligaments and tendons in the back. These injuries can be the result of a single high-impact accident or chronic overuse. Back sprains and back strains are actually one of the most commonly reported workplace injuries in Los Angeles.
The spinal cord is comprised of 26 vertebrae. Vertebrae are actually a collection of small bones. When you’re involved in a traumatic accident or exposed to excessive force, it’s possible for these small bones to fracture. There are different types of vertebral fractures, including compression and burst fractures.
Compression fractures occur when the vertebrae collapse and compress together. This can be the result of a degenerative disease, old age, infection, overuse, or a traumatic accident.
Burst fractures occur when the vertebrae break and dispel shards of bone into the spine and/or tissue. This is typically the result of a high-impact, traumatic accident, such as a car accident or fall.
The vertebrae in the back are separated and cushioned by small fluid-filled discs. Trauma to the back can cause these discs to slip out of place. When this happens, the discs can rupture (or herniate) and/or compress the nerves in your spine. When a disc ruptures, the fluid-like substance inside leaks through the tough exterior. Herniated discs can cause excruciating pain, numbness, tingling, and limited mobility.
You can experience a great deal of pain and discomfort if you suffer a bulging disc injury. In a healthy spine, discs will be rigid and nestled squarely between the vertebrae. Bulging disc injuries occur when the discs shift or become misshapen, damaged, or compressed.
There are 31 major nerves in the spinal column. These nerves allow one part of the body to communicate with another. A healthy nervous system regulates movement, body temperature, breathing, and even digestion. The body’s ability to communicate properly can be impaired when the nerves in the back are damaged. Communication may be shut off altogether, or it may be slightly impaired. Either can cause extreme pain, limit bodily functions, and even cause paralysis.
Common Causes of Back Injury in Los Angeles
Back injuries can happen for any number of reasons. Some are the result of chronic overuse or extended stress over a long period of time. Others are the result of a traumatic accident. Commonly reported causes of back injuries include:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Lyft Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Sexual Assault
- Uber Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Defective Products, and more.
You have the right to file a civil lawsuit for damages when someone else’s negligence causes your back injury. Contact Citywide Law Group to find out how we can help you get the money you deserve for your suffering.
Back Injuries in the Workplace
Back pain and back injuries are the leading cause of disability in the United States. Many of these back injuries occur on the job. According to one study, one out of every five workplace injuries involves the back. It generally takes the average worker 12 days to fully recover from a back injury. As a result, employees miss more than 264 million days of work each year because of a back injury.
Employees working in certain industries and fields – mostly those involving manual tasks – are at the greatest risk of suffering a back injury at work. These include:
- Truck drivers
- Freight laborers
- Stock and material movers
- Nursing assistants
- Registered nurses
- Janitors, and
- Maintenance workers.
Common causes of workplace back injuries include repeated physical motions over an extended period of time, overextension, sudden twisting movement, falls, and other accidents.
Recovering Compensation For a Workplace Back Injury
California law offers several protections for employees who are injured on the job. Most employers in the state are required to purchase and carry workers’ compensation insurance. This policy provides compensation to employees who are injured or become ill on the job. Benefits can be available to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.
When you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you waive your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. However, you can file a lawsuit if a third party is also responsible for your accident or back injury.
Damages Available to Back Injury Victims in Los Angeles
Back injuries can have immediate and potentially permanent consequences. You may experience excruciating pain and be unable to enjoy life as you did before your accident. In California, you can demand money from the person (or people) who caused your back injury. At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys will fight to recover all compensation to which you are entitled.
In most cases, you will be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages, including those for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Reduced earning capacity, and more.
Contact our Los Angeles back injury lawyers to discuss your personal injury case today. We’ll explain your legal options and answer any questions you may have.
Call Our Los Angeles Back Injury Attorneys
Have you suffered a back injury in a Los Angeles accident? Have the demands of your job taken their toll on your back? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Citywide Law Group to learn about the benefits of filing a civil lawsuit for damages. You can demand compensation from the person who caused your injury, and we can help. Call today to learn more.