Spinal Cord Injuries

Can I Get Compensation for a Back Injury?

Posted by Trent Kelly on January 25, 2022
Can I Get Compensation for a Back Injury?

Your back is involved in almost every movement that you make and every activity you do. That’s why back injuries can cause such significant pain and limitations for victims. For those who work in physical jobs, a back injury can entirely disable them. Even those in office jobs may suffer from long-lasting pain when sitting for long stretches of time. 

If you’ve suffered a back injury due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced Personal Injury Attorney can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.

Common Types of Back Injuries

There are three primary sections of your back: Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar. Generally, a physician will categorize your back injury based on the area that is injured. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have injured multiple sections of your back.

The most common section of your back for injury is the lumbar spine, which includes:

  1. Herniated or degenerative discs
  2. Pinched nerves
  3. Sprains and strains
  4. Spinal stenosis
  5. Fractured vertebrae

All of these types of injuries may prevent you from working, participating in physical activity, or even completing general daily activities.  In many cases, victims of back injuries cannot do much more than lie down without feeling pain and discomfort.

Also read: The Lifetime Costs of Spinal Injuries

Who Can Be Held Responsible for your Back Injury?

Common examples of accidents that cause back injuries include:

  1. Car accidents
  2. Pedestrian accidents
  3. Workplace injuries
  4. Slips, trips, or falls

Compensation for a Back Injury

If you or your loved one has suffered from a back injury due to another party’s negligence, that party may be responsible for your losses. This may be true even if you have a pre-existing condition that made your back injury more severe, also known as the “eggshell skull rule.” The eggshell skull rule states that a defendant is liable for all injuries suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligent conduct, even those injuries that are very uncommon or are exacerbated due to a victim’s prior injury or condition.

Generally, you may seek the following compensation from the negligent party and their insurance company:

  1. Past and future medical bills and related medical expenses (medications, medical equipment, or home accommodations).
  2. Past and future lost wages.
  3. Pain and suffering.
  4. Loss of enjoyment of life, such as the inability to participate in activities you used to.

When seeking compensation, it’s important that you have proper documentation so it can be shown that your back injury and the resulting consequences were due to the other party’s negligence. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine what documentation you should gather and maintain.

Contact an Experienced Austin Back Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one is suffering from a back injury due to another party’s negligence, it’s important to seek treatment and compensation immediately. At Terry & Kelly Injury Lawyers, our experienced injury attorneys can advocate for your rights and help you get the compensation and justice that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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