The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC see many victims of back and neck injuries. These injuries, if caused by a workplace accident or motor vehicle collision, can result in extreme pain and even permanent disability.
If you suffered a back or neck injury due to the negligent actions of someone else, contact us today online or at 770-999-9015 to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys have the knowledge, skill and tenacity you need to build a strong case. We welcome clients from Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.
Types of Neck and Back Injuries
Your neck and back are two of the most crucial and vulnerable parts of your body, consisting of a complex system of nerves, muscles, soft tissue, cartilage and vertebrae. Depending on the severity of the damage, these injuries can cause pain, paralysis and even death.
Some of the most common back and neck injuries include:
- Compression fractures
- Pinched nerves
- Broken vertebrae
- Spinal cord injury
- Damaged trachea or larynx
- Slipped, ruptured or herniated disc
- Neck sprains and strains
Neck and back injuries typically require medications, ongoing therapy and possible surgery. The intense pain often associated with these injuries is likely to prevent you from working and earning your wages your family needs.
Our attorneys understand what a difficult time this is, and we are committed to helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Whiplash occurs when your body is suddenly jolted back and forth with forceful intensity. This extreme force hyper-extends the bones in your lower neck and hyper-flexes your upper neck bones, damaging tend muscles and tendons.
A whiplash injury does not require much force; even slow-moving collisions can result in serious neck injury. Many times, people can suffer from whiplash in accidents that caused little or no damage to the vehicles involved.
Symptoms of whiplash range from aggravating discomfort to serious physical disabilities. Common whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Vision problems
- Ringing in the ears
The symptoms listed above can diminish your quality of life and significantly impact your ability to perform common activities. This sudden combination of pain and suffering often leads to psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, anger and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Causes of Back and Neck Injuries
Serious back and neck injuries are often caused by motor vehicle accidents. However, they can also be caused by things like unsafe property conditions and defective products. Sometimes, substandard treatment at a nursing home, doctor’s office, or hospital can result in these injuries.
Additionally, it is common for workplace accidents, such as those that occur on construction sites, to hurt the back and neck. Employees may fall from heights or get hit by machinery. Performing the same physically demanding task over and over can also lead to overuse injuries.
Average Settlements for Neck and Back Injuries
Five-figure neck and back injury settlements are common. We recovered $150,000 on behalf of a client who suffered a neck injury and $95,000 on behalf of another who suffered lumbar strain.
The details of your specific case will influence what type of settlement you may be able to expect. Factors to consider include the severity of your injury and the cost of your medical treatment. It also matters if you have lost wages, benefits, or your previous earning capacity.
Dealing With Insurance Companies in Back and Neck Injury Cases
Insurance companies exist to make a profit. Be wary of the first settlement offer that comes your way. Odds are it probably won’t be enough to cover long-term expenses related to your back or neck injury.
Our attorneys know the tricks and tactics that adjusters use. We can help you deal with them. We will tirelessly fight large and powerful insurance companies while standing up for your rights.
Keep these pointers in mind:
- Resist any pressure to settle your claim immediately
- Remain calm and polite when speaking to insurance adjusters
- Take notes about what was discussed during each phone call
- Contact an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf
How Difficult Are Back and Neck Injury Cases To Prove?
Back and neck injury cases can quickly become complex. Proving them often requires evidence such as health care treatment records, witness statements, and expert medical testimony. And proving that they occurred due to another person or party’s negligence is another matter entirely.
Fortunately, our Atlanta attorneys know how to build a strong claim for back and neck injuries. Let us fight for your rights and pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call today.
The Risk of Rising Medical Expenses in Back and Neck Injury Cases
Medical expenses can pile up quickly in back and neck injury cases. Victims often require immediate care, including diagnostic studies, surgery, braces, and prescription medication.
Ongoing medical care is also necessary in many cases. Examples of ongoing care include physical therapy, home modifications, and assistive devices/ adaptive equipment.
Add to these expenses the fact that many back and neck injury victims cannot return to work. Their financial future can get turned upside down, and the outlook may seem bleak. If you were injured, work with an attorney who can help you pursue the money you deserve.
Long-Term Health Impact of Back and Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries that happen at work or in an accident are rarely minor. They can result in a wide range of ongoing physical problems such as:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle weakness and stiffness
- Loss of balance
- Reduced mobility
- Permanent disability
These injuries can also impact your emotional well-being. Because they can lower your quality of life and prevent you from enjoying activities you once participated in, you may feel distressed. It is not uncommon for back and neck injury victims to struggle with mental suffering.
Contact Us Today
Back and neck injury cases are challenging, and require legal counsel when trying to prove damages. These complex cases rely on testimony from medical experts, investigators and witnesses as well as the close examination of crash-scene evidence and medical records.
If you have suffered a neck injury in the Atlanta or Marietta area of Georgia, please call the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC today at 770-999-9015 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless your case is successful.