Back pain often seems to be ignored by those who suffer from it. Usually thought of as a sign of aging, it can, however, cause major disruptions to everyday life. Whether it’s discomfort from simply sitting up to get out of bed or the source of more severe interruptions to your daily life, you should never ignore the pain you feel. Back injuries can happen at work, in accidents, or in many other circumstances. Knowing how your back pain or injury began could entitle you to compensation for time out of work, medical attention, and the impact on your quality of life.
The Bollinger Law Firm, PC, is committed to helping those who have suffered back injuries resulting from injuries at work, in accidents, or because of the negligence of others in Charlotte, NC. We advocate for our clients and ensure that they receive the representation they deserve. With decades of experience, our team has the knowledge and skills you need for your case and is dedicated to representing you. We know filing a claim won’t help heal your injuries, but it can help provide the compensation you deserve to manage your injury now and in the future.
There are several ways that back injuries can occur. However, the one thing they all have in common is the pain and potential long-term suffering that come with them. Some of the most common ways include:
While these represent some of the more common ways that back injuries occur, there are other circumstances that could be responsible. Suffering a back injury can mean that there is damage, bruising, bulging discs, a ligament tear, a pulled muscle, or any other number of specific injuries in the lower, middle, or upper back. Pain from back injuries can be excruciating. Serious symptoms of a back injury include:
In any personal injury case, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff, who must present evidence, witnesses, and documentation to support their claim that the other party was negligent and should be held responsible. While this generally makes sense, it is difficult to prove it on your own because you must do so while recovering from potentially severe or permanent injuries. The medical treatment you receive helps determine the outcome of your case, so do not neglect the medical treatment you need.
To prove negligence in a personal injury case, the plaintiff must specifically prove the following factors to be true:
To prove these elements of your case, you will need to present an abundance of evidence that can prove beyond doubt that the defendant was reasonably responsible for the injuries. To do this, you will want to provide a variety of evidence that could include any of the following:
A helpful way to support your case is to keep a journal of daily life post-accident. This could include information about:
While this is not the strongest evidence, it does provide an account from your point of view and in your own words.
There are many different types of back injuries, and depending on the type of injury you suffer, you may be entitled to a varying amount of compensation. There is no standard compensation amount, as each case is determined by several different circumstances.
One such circumstance is the type of injury. If, for example, your back injury results in any one of the types of spinal cord injuries with paralysis (paraplegia, tetraplegia, or quadriplegia), you may receive greater compensation because there is more long-term care necessary to maintain a quality of life. Additionally, the initial medical treatments may be quite costly.
Back injuries can vary from strains and sprains to more severe injuries, as described. Damages in personal injury cases involving the back could be both economic and non-economic.
The determination of how much compensation you could be entitled to consider the following factors:
Shared fault refers to the amount of fault each party had in the accident. If there was negligence on both sides, the court will seek to determine the level of fault and adjust any compensation accordingly. For example, there is an auto accident where the other party was speeding and rear-ended you. However, you were at a full stop at a green light. In this scenario, there may be a shared fault. If the court says you were 25% at fault and the other driver was 75% at fault, then you would only be entitled to 75% of the compensation amount.
If your back injury is the result of work, then you would not file a personal injury claim but rather a workers’ compensation claim. However, to qualify for workers’ compensation, the injury must meet the following criteria:
If all these criteria are met, then your employer would be responsible for going through their insurance company to examine the claim and determine the extent of responsibility. If your injury was suffered at work, it is important to utilize the assistance of an attorney to be sure that an insurance adjuster or investigator does not attempt to create a narrative that is different from what happened or have you agree to terms prior to the completion of the investigation. Remember, most insurance companies and employers want to avoid paying for your injuries if they can.
Back injuries are unique circumstances in workers’ compensation claims because these claims do not have to be the direct result of an accident. To be compensated for a back injury under workers’ compensation, it must meet one of two requirements:
If your injury is the result of a work-related accident or incident, be sure to speak with an attorney to understand your options and to make sure you meet the deadlines for filing a claim with your employer. Just like in any personal injury case, you should be sure to collect evidence, witness statements, and medical documentation.
If you have been injured at work, in an auto accident, or because of the negligence of someone else, you should first seek medical help immediately. Then, call The Bollinger Law Firm, PC. Our team can review the facts of your case to help guide you through your legal options. We conduct a full investigation, help with filing paperwork, and ensure that deadlines are met so that you can focus on healing. Contact our offices today and find out how we can help you recover the damages you may be entitled to.