Irvine, CA, Back Injury Lawyer

A slip-and-fall accident, motor vehicle crash, and many other types of accidents resulting from someone else’s negligence or recklessness can cause serious bodily injuries or even death. This includes back injuries that can permanently change someone’s life, leaving them disabled, crippled, or paralyzed.

A back injury is considered a particularly challenging type of personal injury because of the significant pain and various parts of the body that may be impacted, like bones, discs, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and even your spinal cord. Usually, it’s difficult to prove back injuries. There are a few reasons for this. It’s up to your personal injury attorney to prove that your back injury was not caused by a preexisting medical condition and that the accident was caused by another party who was negligent.

If you suffered a back injury during an accident in Irvine, you may be able to recover monetary compensation. Our legal team understands that back pain can be extremely debilitating and negatively impact your personal and professional life. The experienced attorneys at Neale & Fhima have the legal knowledge to help you with your case and provide representation in court if needed. We’ll fight aggressively and fearlessly on your behalf.

Helping You Recover the Compensation You Deserve After an Accident-Causing Back Injury

Serious back injuries can be caused by many events.  Sometimes symptoms don’t show up for days or weeks, and that’s why you should always seek medical care immediately after an accident, even if you think you feel fine.  Seeing a doctor, getting X-rays, and undergoing lab tests can not only prevent additional injury but also create a paper trail that you can rely on when later filing a personal injury claim.  Events that cause back injuries can include:

  • Car accidents
  • Sidewalk accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Scooter accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slips and falls in commercial establishments
  • Construction falls from heights
  • Workplace accidents
  • Garage door accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Slips and falls in parking lots
  • Elevator accidents.

If you suffer a back injury in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, but negligence is a complicated legal principle. Your chances of success significantly increase when you hired a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to investigate an accident and prove that the other party acted in a negligent manner and is, therefore, liable for your costs and losses.

Some examples of when negligence occurs that may result in an injury-causing accident include aggressive, impaired, or distracted driving; allowing hazardous conditions on a property; selling a defective product; and more.

Understanding Recovery in a Back Injury Accident Case

If you experience a serious back injury, you can seek several types of damages. It all depends on the circumstances of your accident and injury situation. Losses for which you can receive compensation include:

  • Medical and rehabilitative therapy
  • Lost wages for the time you missed at work
  • Pain and suffering, including future pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of spousal support, companionship, or consortium
  • Permanent injuries and damages.

Our legal team will review the facts in your case and determine what type of damages you can recover.

The Most Common Types of Back Injuries

Back injuries can range from minor strains of your back muscles to more severe injuries that cause paralysis. Back injuries can also coincide with brain injuries.  Our attorneys have helped people who suffer from all types of back injuries and will fight aggressively to receive full compensation for medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitative costs, pain and suffering, and more.

The most common type of back injury is one to the soft tissues or a back injury that doesn’t involve fractures or broken bones but, instead, impacts the ligaments, vertebrate discs, tendons, or muscles. Soft tissues in your back may be torn, sprained, or strained. Each of these issues may limit your mobility or cause serious pain.

Back injuries may or may not require surgery or other types of invasive medical procedures to correct, depending on the type of injury. They may require consistent and extensive physical therapy to get better. Unfortunately, this can be extremely painful. There is also a much higher likelihood of re-injury down the road.  Because spinal cord injuries have the potential to be extremely serious, it’s important to learn more about the types of injuries that occur.  These can include:

Cervical Spine Injury

Your spinal column is made up of various segments. One is the cervical spine, also called the C-spine. Your C-spine contains seven cervical vertebrae that are numbered C1 to C7. If you experience an injury to your C-spine because of an accident, it can cause extreme pain and suffering and reduce your quality of life. If you experienced a cervical spine injury because of someone else’s negligence, you should contact our legal team to find out if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.

Injuries to the cervical spine can occur in an accident that causes a lot of force to your neck area on impact. These are common injuries in auto accidents, slips and falls, and motorcycle accidents. They also occur in diving and swimming pool incidents.

Common symptoms are localized pain in the neck, pain radiating into the shoulders and down the arms, loss of grip strength, and restricted or limited neck range of motion.

Lumbar Spine Injury

Another serious spinal cord injury is a lumbar spine injury. These can occur in slips and falls, truck accidents, car accidents, and several other accidents. Your L-spine is especially injury prone. The lumbar spine is the lowest part of your spinal column and includes five vertebrae. If you injure this part of your spine, then it may impact your ability to walk and control your hip movement and may even result in paralysis.

An injury to your lumbar spine may impact your day-to-day life forever. In many cases, people who suffer this type of injury are never able to recover fully. Some of the ways it may impact you include:

  • Inability to walk
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Thigh abduction, adduction, and flexion
  • Movement and extension of the toes
  • Extension of the leg at your knees.

Sacrum Spine Injury

This part of your spine is also called the S-spine. It consists of five vertebrae in people. If your S-spine is injured, you may lose feeling in the lower half of your body, muscle control, and all sensation below your waist.

Thoracic Spine Injury

The thoracic spine or T-spine is found along the rib cage. Its main job is to control movement at the abdominal wall. If you experience an injury to the T-spine, it will impact your life forever because you may never be able to fully heal or recover. Because of this, it’s a good idea to retain the services of an experienced Irvine back injury lawyer who can gather evidence related to your case to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Some of the issues that may arise if you suffer an injury to the T-spine include:

  • Paraplegia
  • Loss of sensation or numbness in the legs and hips
  • Poor control of the abdominal muscles
  • Loss of sexual sensation or function.

Getting to Know the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two main classifications of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete injury. With a complete injury, you will lose all function below the area that is impacted. However, with incomplete spinal cord injuries, you will only partially lose function below the vertebrae that are affected.

Contact Neale & Fhima for Help with Your Back Injury Case

We understand how serious a back injury can be. It can impact your life in many ways and cause all types of pain now and in the future. The first step in the process is to get in touch with our legal team to schedule a free initial consultation. Here are a few of the reasons you should choose us:

  • Years of Experience. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout Southern California.
  • Our Lawyers Win Cases. Neale & Fhima enjoys an outstanding success rate in the cases we handle.  We fight hard on behalf of our clients, and we’re not afraid to litigate in court if needed.
  • We Value Client Relationships. High-volume law offices tend to think of clients as nothing more than a case file. The file gets passed around until it ends up with a paralegal or junior associate who just wants to finish it and move on. Neale & Fhima is different. We enjoy getting to know our clients. It also helps us craft settlement agreements that meet their individual needs.
  • We Know the Law. California law can be complicated.  Our decades of experience can mean the difference between a modest settlement and a settlement that will help your family for years to come.
  • No Surprises. We advise our clients up front about the strengths and weaknesses of their case.  We also explain the law and keep clients informed every step of the way throughout the legal process. Our exceptional commitment to frequent communication helps clients avoid unwelcome surprises.
  • Free Consultations. We will always discuss your situation with you in a free initial consultation before you make any decisions about a claim.

If you need help with your back injury legal claim, we are here to help. Our legal team at Neale & Fhima has years of experience handling cases just like yours and will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today by calling 888-407-2955.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima, California attorneyAaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]


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