An injury to the back or neck can lead to lifelong damage and unrelenting pain. Oftentimes, these injuries seem somewhat innocuous immediately following an accident, only to get much worse over subsequent months or years. What is more, an underlying back or neck injury can aggravate other areas of the body, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain and suffering. For help recovering compensation for damages after a car accident, contact a neck and back injury attorney in Dallas at the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC.
Types of Back & Neck Injuries
The effects of a back or neck injury can range in severity from mild soft tissue pain to paralysis or death. Beginning on the extreme end of the continuum, the most devastating back and neck injuries occur when the spinal column is either substantially damaged or severed completely. In the latter, the victim may face restricted mobility and possible permanent paralyzation. In some cases, however, victims are fortunate to be able to “relearn” skills like walking, running, and fine motor skills, such as using the hands and feet. Other back and neck injuries from an accident can include any of the following:
- Scar tissue formation due to small muscular tears surrounding the spinal column
- Bulging discs and/or herniation
- Vertebrae fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
- Spine injuries (thoracic, lumbar, cervical)
- Spinal cord injuries (can lead to paralysis, loss of function, and loss of feeling)
While many of these injuries are treatable, the invasiveness of treatment options varies with the severity of the victim’s condition. For instance, surgical procedures that may correct fractures may include bone fusion or implantation of stabilizing metal rods and screws. In any event, these procedures cause patients a great deal of pain and may take months to completely heal – not to mention the necessity for rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Can I recover for my neck and back injuries?
An injury victim should never have to pick up the pieces alone – particularly if another person is possibly responsible for the victim’s harm. In the event a back or neck injury occurs due to the unreasonable or unsafe conduct of another person, the victim may be able to recover compensation to cover the total costs of the injuries – including the costs associated with general pain, suffering and mental anguish.
For instance, if neck or back injuries from an accident force a victim to resign from his job, take a part-time position, or change positions altogether, that victim has experienced a financial hardship as a direct result of his injury – and should be compensated as such. Likewise, years’ worth of surgery, rehabilitation, therapy appointments, and prescription drug costs can ultimately add up to a very sizable out-of-pocket expense for the patient. To help recover the totality of these costs, as well as compensation for likely future expenses, consider the benefits of a personal injury lawsuit – and contact a Dallas car accident attorney today.
Car accident a pain in the neck? Contact the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC.
If you suffered back or neck injuries in an auto accident and would like to discuss your rights under Texas personal injury law, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC in Dallas right away at 214-290-8001 or fill out our online contact form for a free, no obligation consultation.