Back Injury Attorney
Back injuries are an unfortunate but common result of accidents. Injuries may arise from auto accidents, falls, strains from lifting heavy objects at work, or even from medical errors.
The back has three main areas:
- Cervical vertebra, or the neck
- Thoracic vertebra, or the upper back
- Lumbar vertebra, or the lower back
After an accident, pain or damage can occur in any of these areas. Injuries include:
- Sprains and fractures
- Ligament damage
- Herniated discs
In serious cases, a back injury causes spinal cord damage. This can cause long-term issues, including full or partial paralysis.
Seeking Treatment and Compensation
While not all back injuries create lasting disabilities, they do often require surgery. When it comes to back surgery, there are four main types:
- Laminectomy. This is when a vertebra is removed or partially shaved off to decompress a nerve. Unfortunately, this type of surgery is not always successful at eliminating pain. Half of post-operative patients report recurrences of pain following the surgery.
- Discectomy. This procedure is used to treat a herniated disc. It is performed by a) inserting a tiny camera and surgical instruments via a small incision; b) a percutaneous discectomy, which is when a device cuts away some of the disc and then sucks the disc matter out; or c) a laser discectomy.
- Spinal fusion. During this procedure, a bone graft or other device joins the vertebrae together. 33% of patients who have had spinal fusion reported less back pain after two years.
- Artificial disc replacement. An artificial cushioning device, called a prosthetic disc nucleus, replaces the inner gel-like core within the intervertebral space.
Even if an injury does not require extensive surgery, it can still create many issues. A back injury may prevent you from returning to work, leading to a loss of wages, or may prevent you from enjoying previous activities. Even milder injuries can create extreme pain, sleeping issues, and disruptions to your daily life.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a back injury, please contact us. We’ll see you through.