As our San Diego back injury attorneys are well aware, back and neck injuries are brought on by a number of causes including car accidents, slips and falls, swimming accidents, or sports-related accidents. Due to the variety of causes of back and neck injuries suffered by personal injury victims, they are the most common injury reason people seek medical care every year.
A neck or back injury may require physical therapy, medications, or even surgery. To further complicate matters, coping with the pain associated with a back or neck injury may require a victim to abandon activities once enjoyed or can destroy the ability to function normally from day to day, thereby affecting the quality of life. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys will fight to make sure you a fairly compensated for all past, present and future suffering caused by back or neck injury.
It is important to know and understand the symptoms of a back or neck injury so that these conditions are not left untreated. There are three common types of back and neck injuries:
- Herniated, Ruptured or Slipped Disk: The round, flat discs between the vertebrae in the spine, which are designed to absorb pressure and maintain the spine’s flexibility, can herniate, rupture or slip out of their proper place when the body experiences some sort of force or trauma.
- Whiplash or Connective Tissue Injury: Whiplash occurs when joints located between the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots in the neck become damaged.
- Compression Fractures: Compression fractures take place when the bones in the spine become broken due to trauma.
Depending upon which type of injury a person receives, he or she may experience a variety of different symptoms. With a herniated, ruptured or slipped disk, symptoms vary depending upon the area in which the displaced disk is located. For example, a herniated disk in the low back can cause sharp burning pains in the legs, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems. A person with whiplash or connective tissue injury, on the other hand, may experience shooting pains that travel from the neck into the shoulder or arm, muscle spasms, neck swelling and tenderness, headaches, or impaired neck mobility. Finally, compression fractures may cause back, hip, abdominal or thigh pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems.
How the San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys at Our Firm Can Help
The experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers and professional staff at Berman & Riedel, LLP can help victims with back and/or neck injuries navigate the road to recovery and obtain compensation. We can assist you with receiving proper medical treatment from top medical professionals so that a speedy recovery is possible, and we can maximize your compensation through settlement negotiations or trial to cover past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Back injuries are often caused by serious auto accidents. Fortunately, we have trained and experienced San Diego car accident lawyers who have litigated these types of back injury cases in the past.
At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our experience with back and neck injuries allows us to know exactly what injuries your symptoms may indicate, what tests are necessary to properly diagnose your condition, and what treatments should be considered once a diagnosis has been made. Our San Diego back injury attorneys work closely with your medical treatment facilities to ensure that every effort is made, and that our clients have the best chances for a full recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious back or neck injury, Berman & Riedel, LLP, can offer the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on how to protect your legal rights. Contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer at Berman & Riedel, LLP, to discuss your legal options.