Neck and Back Injury Lawsuit
Neck and back injuries that occur in the workplace can involve a sudden onset of pain in the course performing your duties on the job, or maybe a slow build up of pain and tension over a prolonged period of time.
While some neck and back injuries are minor and will resolve within a matter of weeks or months with only minor medical treatment, others are long-lasting, or even permanent, and can require regular medical treatment and support.
Thousands of people suffer from the effects of neck and back injuries in their workplaces each year. In addition to enduring persistent pain and discomfort, you may have incurred lost wages due to your inability to work as a result of your injury. If you or a loved one has suffered from a debilitating neck or back injury at work or in a public venue, please call our experienced attorneys today to discuss your legal rights. Talking about your injury with our neck and back injury lawyers can be the first step towards reclaiming your standard quality of life.
How Do I Know if I Experienced a Neck or Back Injury on the Job?
Sometimes, it is difficult to determine whether a neck or back injury occurred during one’s employment, as opposed to an injury that transpires in the ordinary course of day to day life. The precise location or cause of a neck or back injury can be similarly difficult to determine because many neck and back injuries lead to cervical radiculopathy, or radiating pain, which typically spreads across the upper body and effects the shoulders, arms, chest, and upper back.
The symptoms of a neck or back injury usually vary from person to person, but typically include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Inability to move head, neck
- Headaches or migraines
- Radiating pain
- Difficulty sleeping
If you suspect that you have suffered from a neck or back injury, the most important thing you should do is visit your doctor or treatment provider and explain your symptoms. You should outright ask for diagnostic testing to rule in or out the possibility of a neck or back injury. Our lawyers have helped injury victims who were initially thought to have a minor injury, and only after diagnostic testing were discovered to have sustained damage to their cervical spine, which is much more significant and long-lasting.
What are the Causes of Workers’ Compensation Back and Neck Injuries?
Our neck and back injury attorneys have represented injured people with neck and back injuries that were caused by many workplace incidents. Some of the more common causes of neck and back injuries on the job include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Heavy lifting or overexertion
- Falling objects
- Poor lighting
- Improper equipment training
What Medical Tests are Used to Diagnose Neck and Back Injuries?
When you visit your health care provider to discuss signs and symptoms of a neck or back injury, your doctor may order diagnostic imaging testing, such as X-ray, CT scans, MRIs, or other tests to provide a better sense of any spinal cord, cervical spine, or disc issues you may be facing as a result of your injury. You should ask for these tests explicitly if your doctor does not mention them during your appointment.
What Happens if I’m Diagnosed with a Neck or Back Injury?
When your doctor has the results of your diagnostic tests, he or she will render a diagnosis for your injury based on these results as well as other aspects of your clinical presentation. As an example, you may have sprained or sprained your back, cervical spine, or back, or you may have a vertebral fracture or herniated disc, both of which require most urgent treatment.
The most common treatments for neck and back injuries include:
- Medication, including anti-inflammatories and prescription painkillers
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractor care
- Steroid Injections
Of course, we recommend that you follow your medical treatment provider’s advice at every step of your back and neck injury recovery.
Our Experience Handling Neck and Back Injury Cases
Our experienced attorneys have handled personal injury and workers’ compensation claims involving nearly every type of neck and back injury. Please give us a call if you have suffered from one of the following types of injuries:
- Neck “Stinger”
- Herniated Disc
- Cervical Dislocation
- Cervical Strain or Sprain
Our team of attorneys is able to work with your doctors to understand how if, at all, any preexisting conditions differ from or exacerbate your current injuries. If you or a loved one suffered from a neck or back injury and was diagnosed with a neck or back injury or cervical problem, you could recover damages in the form of:
- A lifetime medical award for ongoing medical care
- Recuperation of lost income for your time out of work due to treatment or recover
- Permanent partial disability payments
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits for spouses and family members
We understand that even after an injury has healed, the aftereffects of a neck or back injury can be long-lasting or even permanent. We are here to help you and your family understand the compensatory damages aspect of your case.
What should I Do Next?
If you or someone you love has suffered from a debilitating a neck or back injury at the workplace or in a public venue, give our experienced personal injury attorneys a call to discuss your rights and the appropriate next steps. We will work ceaselessly on your behalf to secure all relevant measures of compensation, including workers compensation benefits where applicable. We will pursue your case up to trial, or work towards an appropriate settlement amount in the right circumstances. Let us know how our team at the Eichholz Firm can help move forward from a neck or back injury.