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New Jersey Back Injury Attorney

Our personal injury attorneys are experienced at helping people with serious back injuries, especially in automobile crash cases. Our law firm uses an experienced team of investigators and where necessary will as the law requires offer medical expert testimony to prove meritorious claims for back injury victims to ensure they receive the full compensation they deserve. For personalized legal services in a serious injury matter, contact a personal injury attorney at the Clark Law Firm, PC toll free at 877-841-8855. We offer free initial consultations to discuss serious injuries and your need for fair compensation.

We assist paraplegic accident victims and/or other clients who deserve full compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitative expenses within the State of New Jersey and New York. Our experienced personal injury law firm handles all forms of back injury claims including whiplash injury settlements and pelvic injury settlements. Often these injuries arise from car crashes and auto accidents. Our skilled accident lawyers represent injury victims including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and workers. We handle back injury lawsuits against drunk drivers, employers, and other negligent parties in matters involving:

  • Quadriplegia / paraplegia – all forms of spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Lower back strain
  • Bulging disc in back
  • Herniated discs
  • Lumbar strain and sprain
  • Back fusion surgery
  • Slipped discs

Symptoms – Back Injuries

There are physical effects, psychological effects and emotional effects that are associated with neck and back injuries. An experienced personal injury law firm that handles auto accident cases will work with medical professionals and other litigation experts to accurately assess the full lifetime needs of a client. The personal injury lawyers at the Clark Law Firm, PC will ensure that future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and medical expenses are incorporated into your claim.

If only the bones around the spinal cord, more commonly referred to as the vertebrae, are damaged and the spinal cord remains intact, it is not considered a spinal cord injury, just a back injury. You can severely injure your back without affecting your spinal cord, such as the case with spinal stenosis, ruptured disks and pinched nerves. Personal injury attorneys are familiar with these symptoms frequently arising from serious motor vehicle crashes and similar auto accidents in New Jersey.

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

  • loss of sensation
  • loss of motor functioning
  • loss of bowel or bladder
  • loss of fertility
  • inability to breathe
  • loss of movement
  • low blood pressure
  • inability to control of body temperature
  • loss of sensation
  • exaggerated reflex activities or spasms

Cervical Injury Symptoms (neck)

  • breathing difficulties
  • loss of normal bowel and bladder control
  • numbness
  • sensory changes
  • spasticity
  • pain
  • weakness

Thoracic Injury Symptoms (chest)

  • loss of normal bowel and bladder control
  • numbness
  • sensory changes
  • spasticity
  • pain
  • weakness

Understanding Back Ailments

Back pain and discomfort can be caused by a wide variety of physical problems, which overlap to a significant degree. Many of these problems stem from a single condition; others originate from clearly identifiable and separable conditions. They all share the potential for creating additional health issues if they are not treated promptly and thoroughly. A personal injury law firm can give you full information about these conditions.

Here are some of the frequently occurring back-related medical issues:

Sciatica

This condition manifests itself through weakness, numbness, and/or pain in the legs, buttocks, or lower back. The term refers to either: (a) the compression of a nerve root in the sacral or lumbar spine or (b) a compressive condition of the sciatic nerve itself. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body, extending from the lower back through each buttock and done each leg. In addition to compressive conditions in these bodily regions, the condition may be caused by spinal trauma (such as that caused by an auto accident) or by a tumor or other internal growth.

Spinal Osteoarthritis

This condition is caused by the degeneration of joint cartilage. It is the most common type of arthritis (joint inflammation); it affects nearly 30 million Americans. Osteoarthritis can occur in the hands, hips, and knees, and can involve the cartilage between the facet joints in the spine. The disease manifests itself by pain in the movement of joints; stiffness after periods of sleep; or inactivity is also a common symptom.

Spinal osteoarthritis generally becomes noticeable after age 45. Although it is more common among women than among men, men generally get the condition earlier. One important factor in determining an individual’s likelihood of getting the disease is the person’s genetic heritage. Other contributive circumstances include previous injuries in or proximate to the areas affected, injuries such as ACL tears and broken bones.

The odds of lowering susceptibility to osteoarthritis are improved by physical activity and weight loss. These steps can also reduce the intensity of pain caused by the disease.

Spondylolisthesis

This condition occurs when one vertebra slips out of place and lodges on the vertebra below. It is sometimes caused by spondolysis, a stress fracture in the fourth or fifth lumbar vertebra. In some cases of spondylolisthesis, the back shows significantly more curvature than normal

Most cases of spondylolisthesis in adults are caused by arthritis or other degenerative diseases, but can also be the result traumatic injuries or birth defects. Expectably, the disease occurs commonly among those who play physical contact sports (like football players) and those who engage in other physical activities which place stress on the back.

Spinal Stenosis

This is the medical term for a narrowing of the spinal canal, which results in compression of the nerves in the spinal cord. Tingling, weakness, numbness, and pain may be felt in the arms or legs. The location where the stenosis occurs (such as the cervical spine (the neck) or the lumbar spine (the lower back)) affects the location(s) where sensation caused by the condition is felt. Possible causes include osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis, and trauma to the spine.

To speak with expert attorneys at the Clark Law Firm, P.C., please do not hesitate to call (877) 841-8855.

Back Injury Claims

Thousands of people unfortunately suffer back injuries each year due to unsafe drivers. The amount of back injury compensation a plaintiff can expect to receive varies depending upon the severity and duration of the injury as well as the overall impact the injury has on the plaintiff’s life. Soft tissue back injuries, such as strains and sprains, are often less severe than fractures and other major back injuries like bulging discs or herniated discs.

Who’s liable for your back injury depends on the type of accident in which you were involved and what safety rules may have been broken.

Auto Accidents – The driver of the car that hit your car or the car in which you were a passenger may be liable for your injuries. It’s also possible that the driver of the car in which you were a passenger may be liable.

Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents – The owner or proprietor of the premises where you slipped, tripped or fell may be liable for your injuries if basic safety rules were violated.

Work-related Accidents – Your employer may be liable for your injuries. However, a third party, as in the case of an auto accident, could be liable.

Determining Fault

The first step a victim of a back injury should take is getting appropriate care for their injury. These can be dangerous medical problems, and there are times when delayed care may cause even more injury or damage. However, once, or even during, treatment, there are other steps a victim should take.

  • Review the events surrounding the accident to determine its cause

  • Enlist friends or family members to take notes or pictures of the scene

  • If possible, contact a personal injury attorney or insurance adjuster to help assess the accident and the scene, especially when it is an automobile accident

  • If you suspect that someone else is liable for the accident, be careful about answering questions for anyone but the police, if they have been called.

Once a victim enlists the help of a personal injury lawyer, they can count on that personal injury attorney to investigate and assess the case. The key factor an injury lawyer must determine is who is liable:

  • Auto accidents, the other driver may have caused the accident through negligence

  • Slip and fall accidents, the owner of the premises could be liable if they failed to maintain their property, failed to repair any dangerous conditions, or failed to monitor the premises with reasonable care

  • Work-related accidents, the employer is generally liable, providing compensation through their worker’s compensation insurance. However, there are times when a third party may be responsible, as well.

Getting Legal Help with Back Injury Compensation Claims

Personal injury attorneys have great experience in assessing injuries and their causes. They understand negligence and whether another driver, a business owner, or a neighbor was negligent, causing someone’s back injury. They can also negotiate for a settlement out of court if the case calls for it, or litigate the case in court for the best settlement possible.

More than 11,000 people experience a back and spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. Some suffer chronic pain, some suffer paralysis, and some even death. If you think you have a legal claim resulting from a back injury contact an experience personal injury attorney at the Clark Law Firm, PC for a free case evaluation. Contact an experienced back injury attorney toll free at 877-841-8855. We handle cases in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Essex County, Hudson County, Bergen County and throughout New Jersey and can assist you in a potential New York accident case as well. We are community safety lawyers- we are your one source for personal injury legal help.

More Information:

  • Personal Injury Claim Checklist
  • What Claims Adjusters Look For
  • Factors Related to Your Medical Treatment Impace the Value of Your Case
  • Weakness in Personal Injury Claims
  • Advantages of Settling you Claim instead of Litigating

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