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A slip-and-fall accident, motor vehicle crash, and many other types of accidents resulting from someone else’s negligence or recklessness can result in serious bodily injuries. This includes back injuries.

Everyone will experience different types of injury and pain when it comes to back injuries, and a back injury can impact your life in so many significant ways.

A back injury is considered a challenging type of personal injury because of the various body parts 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 caused by someone else’s negligence in Irvine, you may be able to recover monetary compensation. Our legal team understands that back pains can be extremely debilitating and impact your personal and professional life in many ways.

Our experienced attorneys at Neale & Fhima have the legal knowledge to help you with your case and provide representation in court if needed. Don’t hesitate to contact us for help with this.

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. 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, 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 type 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.

The most serious type of back injury that someone can suffer is a spinal cord injury and severe injuries to spinal discs, which may ese require you to be stabilized immediately, surgery, and may have long-lasting consequences.

Different Types of Injuries to the Spinal Cord

Because spinal cord injuries have the potential to be extremely serious, it’s important to learn more about the types of injuries that occur.

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 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 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.

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

There are more than a few ways that an accident may occur and result in a back injury. These include:

  • Car accidents
  • Sidewalk accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Scooter accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Falls from heights
  • Wet floors
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Garage door accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Slip and fall in parking lots
  • Elevator accidents.

If you suffer a back injury in an accident, you need to recover compensation for the situation. However, this can be challenging because you must 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.

It’s important to remember that negligence is a complicated legal principle. Because of this, the law requires that injury victims provide plenty of evidence to prove their negligence claim, including liability and damages.

It’s important to retain the services of an experienced personal injury law firm to help with your back injury situation. Our legal team has the resources needed to gather the evidence which proves negligence and supports your claim.

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 of your case and determine what type of damages you can recover.

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.

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 today to get started.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron 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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