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In the event of a car accident or a slip, trip or falling incident, back injuries are very common. Accidents caused by the negligence of others can inflict injuries to the vertebral column, rib cage or surround tissues, discs, nerves, and muscles.
Back injuries can range in severity, potentially leaving the victim with chronic pain, paraplegia, or quadriplegia, depending upon the location of the injury. If you or a loved one have received such injuries in an accident caused by others, contact a catastrophic injury attorney with our team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. Our West Virginia spinal cord injury lawyers can help you recover by maximizing the amount of monetary compensation through skilled negotiation and litigation.
Trauma from an accident may cause multiple back injuries, including the following:
When a disc at the base of the spine slips and compresses the nerve running down the person’s leg, they may experience shooting pains radiating down their leg into their foot on the affected side. They may also experience tingling or numbness in that leg.
Treatment may require surgery on the disc in order to remove the pressure from the nerve. Without prompt treatment, you may experience permanent pain or numbness caused by neuropathy that can result.
If your spinal cord is bruised, it is important that you have medical help to remove the pressure from swelling. The swelling that can occur may cause permanent paralysis if it is not addressed. When the spinal cord is torn, you may be paralyzed below the site of tear because of the interruption of signals through your central nervous system to nerves below the tear site.
Tears that happen in the cervical area of the spine will result in quadriplegia, which is paralysis of the arms and legs. When a tear occurs in the lumbar region, you may experience paraplegia or paralysis from the waist down.
If a back injury is suspected, you should not be moved except by professionals. You should be taken for immediate medical care at a hospital. It is possible, with prompt treatment, to help reduce the long-term disabilities you might otherwise face.
After receiving medical help, you should contact a West Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer for legal assistance. We are dedicated and compassionate, and we firmly believe that people who are injured by the actions of others deserve to be fully compensated for their suffered losses.
To make an appointment regarding your or your loved one’s spinal cord injury, call our firm today.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law