Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries are extremely common—and usually very painful. Issues with the back can be especially difficult because they aren't always concentrated in the same place. They can surface anywhere from the neck all the way down to your lower back, and the severity of the injury can vary greatly as well. Some back injuries will put a person out of commission for a few days, while others can disable a victim for life.
Seek medical care for delayed back or neck pain
In the minutes after an accident, the adrenaline can prevent your body from fully sensing the state of your injuries. Sometimes it can take a couple days after an accident for back pain to surface, so do not automatically assume you are fine if you don't feel hurt immediately following an accident. Once the adrenaline wears off and you’re no longer in shock, you start feeling sore and injuries will begin to present themselves.
If you feel fine the day of the accident, but you’re in pain the next, go to the doctor as quickly as possible. Both for the good of your health and for any possible accident claim that may follow, you need to see a doctor as soon as you experience pain after an accident. Your doctor will probably perform certain emergency diagnostics tests like X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or myelography to get a better understanding of your back, neck, or spinal cord injury.
Once you’ve seen your doctor, follow his or her orders. It is very important to follow the treatment plan for your injury as closely as possible. Again, this is not only important for your recovery, but it is a huge deal when you’ve filed a claim and are hoping to receive compensation for your injuries.
If you’re struggling with a neck or back injury after an accident, if you’re worried your case may be weak because your injury didn’t manifest itself until hours or days after the accident took place, then you should discuss your situation with an attorney who is experienced in personal injury cases.
Compensation for back, neck, and spine injuries
If the injury is serious - which generally means it goes beyond just a "soft tissue" injury - it usually means there has been some kind of damage to the "discs" in the spine. Serious disc injuries can have a significant impact on someone's life.
These injuries can prevent or limit them from working, which forms the basis of a claim for lost wages and lost wage earning capacity. These injuries can also prevent or limit them from doing many social and family activities, which forms the basis of a claim for pain and suffering and mental anguish. It also costs a lot of money to treat these injuries - this forms the basis for a claim for medical bills.
Hiring a lawyer for your back or neck injury claim
Most attorneys do not have significant experience handling serious back and neck injury cases. The best way to tell if your lawyer can win your injury case is if he has won them before. Experience plays a key role in hiring an attorney. In order to be qualified to take on your back or neck injury case, your lawyer should be familiar with your type of injury and the circumstances that caused it.
An attorney who has experience handling spine injury cases will know how to read your medical records, and how to question the defense's medical expert during deposition or at trial. An experienced spine injury lawyer will also now how to put a proper dollar value on your back or neck injury case, to ensure your case is not under-valued.
Contact our Houston back and neck injury attorneys
Our law firm exclusively handles serious personal injury cases, including back and neck injury cases, with a history of success. Contact us today for a free legal consulation to discuss your injury claim. We'll answer all of your questions and make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision for your case and your future.