Houston Back & Neck Injury Attorneys
Has an accident caused you or a loved one serious injury to the spinal cord, back or neck? Let expert Houston attorney Neal Davis fight for your compensation.
Neck and back pain are common ailments for Americans, whether it's due to poor posture or repetitive heavy lifting at work. However, many experience this debilitating pain due to an accident that has left their back, neck, or spinal cord damaged.
Spinal cord injury currently affects around (PDF) 282,000 people across the United States and even more suffer from back and neck pain associated with whiplash and other catastrophic injuries.
Combined, that's a large percentage of the population dealing with this sort of hindering pain. In many cases, this pain and suffering is due to an accident caused by another party, and can cost a victim time at work and expensive medical bills. If you've become the victim of such an injury, consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.
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What is Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is a string-like bundle of nerves that runs through a person's vertebrae, connecting the brain with the rest of the body. Any injury to the back has the potential to, in turn, harm the spinal cord. Depending on the degree of trauma and the nature of the injury, SCIs can easily cause paralysis or a loss of movement or feeling in other areas of the body.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is described as any trauma or damage that has been done to the spinal column and caused either a temporary or permanent negative change in the cord's normal functionality. Unlike other parts of the human body, the spinal cord doesn't have the ability to repair itself after it has been damaged, making SCIs particularly debilitating for victims.
Types of Back Injury
Spinal cord, back and neck injuries are usually categorized by the degree of pain, the location of that pain, and whether there are any other symptoms present. Classifications of back injuries include:
- Axial - Axial back pain is also known as mechanical pain and can be attributed to joint or disc problems as well as damage done to muscles or tendons. It can be constant or present in waves, but is most often the result of strain on back muscles.
- Referred - Referred back pain is most often dull, fluctuating in intensity and can radiate to other nearby areas. It is often the result of degenerative disc disease.
- Radicular - Radicular pain is often an intense sensation and can also be joined with numbness in the surrounding area. Radicular pain is caused by a compression or injury to the spinal nerve root.
- Mid-Back & Lower Back - Injuries taken to the middle and lower back can include sprains and fractures of the spine.
- Upper Back - Upper back pain is defined as pain that originates anywhere between the neck region and where the spine first connects with the ribs.
- Acute Injury - An acute spinal or neck injury will involve pain that usually lasts between 3-6 months. It is also used to describe pain that is associated with damaged soft tissues such as a muscle tear or muscle spasms.
- Complete - A complete injury to the spinal cord results in total paralysis, which means that movement below the injury and on both sides of the body becomes impossible.
- Partial - Sufferers of partial spinal cord injury may still have some feeling and movement in parts of the body below where the injury took place.
- Chronic - Chronic neck and back pain lasts longer than 12 weeks and is pain that has an identifiable cause. These causes can be a variety of conditions such as degenerative disc disease, a pinched nerve, or spinal stenosis.
- Spinal Cord - Spinal cord injuries are the most severe, and can cause partial or complete paralysis. This, in turn, results in a severe loss both financially and recreationally due to limited ability of movement.
- Neuropathic - Neuropathy is when receptors in the back continue to send pain signals to the brain even though there is no ongoing damage. The receptors have likely been harmed and have become dysfunctional due to an accident, explaining the sending of incorrect signals.
Common Causes of Back, Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries
A back, neck, or spinal cord injury could occur anytime there is extensive strain or force put on those parts of the body, whether by regular activity or traumatic accidents. However, the most common causes of these sorts of injuries include:
- Automobile accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Lifting heavy loads or overusing the back
- Joint problems
Car accidents are often responsible for whiplash, which is the most common injury to the neck by far. Whiplash occurs when the head is rapidly moved but the body stays put, often restrained by a seatbelt.
A severe impact can cause not only damage to the soft tissues in the neck or back, but can also cause a more devastating spinal cord injury that holds lifetime side effects and impairment.
Back/Neck Injury Treatment & Compensation
There are options for severe back/neck treatment, although the treatment may not necessarily completely reverse the effects the injury has had on a victim's life. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and some surgeries can help prevent any further injury, lessen the pain, and improve quality of life. Likewise, inconclusive back pain can also be labeled and diagnosed using a variety of tests such as a CTI scans, discograms, or MRI scans. This can give doctors a clear path for treatment.
Regardless of the degree of pain and severity of the injury, back, neck, and spinal cord trauma is often debilitating and requires months or years of treatment. Even after, victims may still never be completely back to normal. The cost of initial medical treatment and the months of rehabilitation that follow can cause bills to pile up and it may also be difficult for a victim to return to work.
In addition, severe injuries may result in a sharp loss in quality of life due to extreme pain and impairment. For each of these losses, victims may also be eligible to receive compensation.
Twelve states across the country have no-fault auto insurance, which means that before fault is established by a court victims may receive compensation for immediate medical needs and loss of income.
However, Texas is fault state for auto insurance, meaning that accidents within Texas must be compensated by the guilty party's liability insurance coverage. That being said, it becomes even more important for the victim to seek a personal injury attorney that can take the right steps to achieving successful compensation.
Our Houston Back and Neck Injury Attorneys Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
In order to prove that compensation for medical bills and other damages is due for a victim, negligence must be established.
It must be proven that the defendant had a duty to uphold and breached that duty, thereby directly resulting in injury to the victim. This negligence could be ignoring the rules of the road, failing to clean up water that resulted in a slip and fall, etc.
If you were the victim of a neck, back, or spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, Neal Davis can help. We strive to help those in the Houston area win their personal injury cases, including those suffering from serious neck or back injuries. Contact our firm today to discuss your case. We're prepared to fight for your right to compensation and exhaust all avenues leading that success. Best of all, our No Fee Guarantee means you won't pay a penny until we win your case.