Representing Clients Who Sustained Accidental Neck or Back Injuries in Savannah Georgia
The neck and back provide support for the rest of the body—both physically and by housing the spinal cord, which is responsible for much of the body’s functioning. Any injury to this area of the body can disrupt your life and result in significant losses.
If you suffered an accidental neck or back injury, discuss your rights with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at Hasner Law in Savannah is here to assist you, so please contact our office to learn more.
Common Accidental Neck and Back Injuries
Whiplash and soft tissue injuries – The neck and back have numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons that an injury can sprain, strain, stretch, twist, or tear. “Whiplash” refers to many possible strains or sprains that typically occur when the head sharply moves forward and backward, stretching the soft tissue of the neck. An accident can cause extremely painful and debilitating injuries to soft tissue in the neck or back.
Herniated discs – The discs of your spine are cushioned by a jelly-like substance, which can push out through the edge of the disc, resulting in a slipped disc, pinched nerve, or ruptured disc. This can cause irritation to nerves and result in weakness, pain, and numbness.
Dislocation – Any bones in the neck or back can shift due to trauma. Once one bone comes out of place, the entire spine can become unstable, and pain can spread throughout the entire neck and back. Muscles can also spasm or seize due to the pressure of trying to overcompensate for the unstable spine.
Fractures – A “broken neck” or “broken back” are often associated with life-threatening injuries, but many neck and back fractures—while not necessarily life-threatening—still require significant medical care. Any of the vertebrae can fracture or crack, which may or may not cause injury to the spine itself. In addition, other bones can fracture and result in serious back pain, including shoulder blades, ribs, the pelvis, and more.
Spinal injuries – Perhaps the most serious injury to the neck or back is a spinal cord injury. Damage to the delicate spinal tissue can disrupt functioning in many parts of your body. The two main classifications of spinal cord injuries are:
Incomplete – This refers to damage that does not affect the spine all the way through, and results in partial loss of functioning. For example, you may lose movement abilities but keep sensation or vice-versa.
Complete – This injury is severe enough that it completely cuts off messages from the spine, and you likely lose all sensory and motor functioning in the body below the point where the injury occurred.
Whether you twist your back the wrong way or suffer a complete spinal injury, a neck or back injury can damage your life in many ways.
The Impact of Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injury victims can experience many life-changing losses, including:
Medical bills – Neck and back injuries almost always require medical attention—usually as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, a course of treatment may involve simply resting and managing pain or may involve surgeries, hospitalizations, and a lifetime of medical care. Even one visit to the doctor or emergency department can result in hefty copays and deductibles. For more serious injuries, you can easily face hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.
Lost earnings – Neck and back injuries are painful and can often limit how you can move, damaging your ability to lift anything, sit in one place for long periods of time, or even walk. All of these limitations can keep you from working until your injury has healed. In cases involving paralysis or other disabilities from spinal cord injuries, you may never earn a living again.
In addition to financial losses, neck and back injuries can result in pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent impairments, and more.
Is Someone Liable for Your Injury?
Anyone whose negligence caused your neck or back injury may have to compensate you for your losses. The liable party depends on how and where your injury occurred.
People injure their necks or backs on the job by:
- Heavy or repeated lifting
- Sitting for hours in non-ergonomic office furniture
- Pulling or pushing heavy objects
- Reaching for objects
If you were injured at work, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover your medical bills, lost wages, and related losses. Our attorneys can assist you with every step of the workers’ comp process to ensure your full compensation.
Accidents Outside of Work
Accidents away from work can also cause neck and back injuries, some of which include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports accidents
- Accidents from defective products
In this situation, if another party’s negligence caused the accident, our attorneys can help you take the necessary steps to hold that party responsible for all of your losses.
A Savannah Neck and Back Injury Lawyer Can Help
At Hasner Law, we have seen how sudden neck or back injuries have put our clients through extreme hardship. Whether your injury occurred at work, in the car, or any other location, speak to an attorney who has experience representing victims of this type of injury. Many extensive losses can stem from neck and back injuries, and we will always fight for your right to full compensation.
If you would like to discuss your rights after an accidental injury, please call Hasner Law at (912) 234-2334 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation today.