Every day, we get into our cars, go to work, and move around. While we usually take precautions to ensure that we stay healthy and safe, we still occasionally get hurt. One of the most common injuries we face also tends to be one of the most damaging: a neck or back injury.
Injuries to your neck or back can occur in a variety of ways, which is why this injury is so common. Sports and extreme activities, slip and falls, and workplace accidents can cause these injuries, but the most frequent cause is an auto accidents like car, motorcycle, and truck accidents.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most commonly occurring car accidents. Because of the nature of the accident—resulting in passengers being “whiplashed”—injuries to the neck and back often occur. These injuries usually are in the form of:
These injuries may not be physically visible, causing the gravity of such an injury to be overlooked. Unfortunately, these injuries can also cause permanent pain and disability, resulting in loss of work and enjoyment.
From soft tissue injuries to nerve, spine, and connective tissue, pain can manifest itself in several ways. Often, stiffness or tenderness is experienced, as well as other side effects like headaches, nausea, or dizziness. If an injury is more severe, numbness, tingling, and paralysis can occur. Treatments can vary from regular physical therapy to surgery. However, one thing is common to all neck and back injuries: the pain and suffering incurred as a result can affect you for the rest of your life.
Like many debilitating accidents, problems caused by an accident are not limited to the initial injury. In cases that involve negligence, insurance companies will usually cover the initial medical bills and treatment for the victim, at minimum. However, the negligent party may have been injured, also, and may have a more difficult time getting treatments covered.
In addition to coping with long-term pain or paralysis, neck and back injury victims also face other hurdles. Physical therapy may be a lifelong expense in order to cope with lasting damage, and insurance may not cover these costs indefinitely. Everyday tasks may become difficult or impossible to perform, and working may become impossible. Physical pain from an injury can be overshadowed by financial stressors, which no insurance company can fix.
Louisiana personal injury lawyer Michael Brandner of the Brandner Law Firm has represented neck and back injury cases in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houma areas successfully, fighting to get victims the justice and compensation they deserve. Michael understands the pain, stress, and concerns you have as the victim of a neck or back injury, and will prepare your case meticulously.
If you or someone you love is suffering, contact New Orleans neck and back injury attorney Michael Brandner today at 504.552.5000 for a complimentary consultation.