California Back Injury Attorneys
The California back injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase understand that suffering a severe back injury can be devastating. Even relatively minor back injuries can be completely debilitating and cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Millions of back injury victims who have suffered muscle or spinal cord damage can find their lives in ruins. An injury could leave them unable to work, or even cause permanent paralysis. This is where our top-rated back injury attorneys come in.
If you are suffering back pain or side effects after an accident, we can help. Bisnar Chase offers exceptional legal representation with a no win no fee promise. You do not have to go up against insurance companies and negligent parties alone. Our dedicated team of lawyers has a 99% success rate – contact us now for a free consultation.
What is a Back Injury?
A back injury can be any type of damage suffered to the various parts of a person’s back. That can include anything from a strained muscle to severe structural damage done to the spinal cord.
Every movement of the body involves some level of function through the back. This means that back injuries can be very painful and completely life-changing. Even a supposedly minor back muscle twinge can stop a person from working and severely impact what the victim can do physically.
Beyond muscle twinges, a serious back injury can cause paralysis and leave victims facing a complete loss of function.
If you have suffered a back injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you should contact a lawyer to make sure you are properly compensated.
Anatomy of the Back – How Injuries Happen
When you refer to the back, you are talking about the large area between the bottom of a person’s neck and the top of their buttocks.
A person’s back is made up of a complex web of components. Back injuries happen when these different components are damaged in some way.
The different parts of the back include:
➤ Spine: The spine, made from bones called vertebrae, has three main sections. Many back injuries are caused by the thoracic or lumbar vertebra being harmed.
➤ Muscles: Muscle and soft tissue cover a huge area of your back. This includes deep muscles (intrinsic) surrounding the spinal cord, and the surface layer muscles controlling movement and posture.
➤ Ligaments: Your ligaments surround the spine, stabilizing it, and holding everything together. Overstretching a ligament band can cause pain, swelling, back spasms, and more.
➤ Discs: The vertebrae in the spine are connected by small joints with cushioning discs positioned between the vertebrae. Back injuries occur when a disc is herniated, slips, or ruptures.
➤ Nerves and veins: A web of nerves and arteries run through the back, delivering blood and signals from the brain to both the back itself, and other areas of the body.
Causes of Back Injuries
In the United States, more than 17,000 people suffer serious back injuries involving damage to the spinal cord every year. That number does not even account for the huge number of people hit by muscle strains and nerve damage.
The most common causes of severe spinal cord injuries are:
➤ Auto Accidents: Nearly 40% of all serious back injuries are caused by car accidents or other vehicular crashes. This is the most common cause of spinal injury, with the harsh impact of a car, truck, or motorcycle crash easily damaging the spine, and the muscles and ligaments around it.
➤ Slip and Trip Falls: More than 31% of major back injuries are caused by falls. Instances of people tripping or slipping and falling are extremely common, with liquid spillages, uneven surfaces, icy conditions, and much more creating everyday risks and hazards.
➤ Violent Attacks: Acts of violence, including physical fights and gunshot wounds, make up 13.5% of severe back injuries.
➤ Sports/Recreation: About 8% of serious back injuries occur in high impact or physically demanding sports.
When it comes to less severe – but still painful and debilitating – back injuries, the most likely causes involve excessive strain. Other causes include:
- Muscle fatigue
- Lifting heavy loads
- Poor lifting technique
- Bad posture
A victim can file a back injury lawsuit when their injury has been caused by the negligence of another party. The law firm of Bisnar Chase specializes in winning vehicle accident and slip-and-fall cases, which make up more than 70% of all serious back injury cases in the U.S.
For a free case review and expert guidance, contact our California back injury attorneys now.
Types of Back Injury – Spinal Cord Damage
Muscle strains and ligament tears are extremely painful and can restrict a person’s mobility and movement. But these are short-term problems that should not offer chronic problems.
On the other hand, damage to the spinal cord could leave the victim suffering permanent effects. The spinal cord is the pathway from the brain to the rest of the body. The brain transmits signals through the spinal cord and nervous system to make the body move.
While a spinal cord is protected by muscles, ligaments, bones, and fluids, it is still susceptible to damage. Any damage can result in a catastrophic injury.
There are five main regions of the spinal cord:
- Neck (cervical)
- Chest (thoracic)
- Abdominal (lumbar)
- Pelvic (sacral)
- Tailbone (coccygeal)
If any of these parts are damaged, it could result in permanent paralysis.
Complete vs Incomplete Back Injuries
There are different levels of back injuries. These levels refer to the severity, recovery time. And lasting effects for the injury in question.
Two important distinctions include whether a person has a complete back injury or an incomplete back injury.
➤ Complete Back Injury
A complete spinal cord injury is when nerves in the spine are completely damaged. When part of the spine is severed, it can disrupt the signals that go from the brain to the body, unfortunately leaving the victim paralyzed.
➤ Incomplete Back Injury
When the spine has suffered harm, but the damage is not so severe that it completely halts signals between the brain and body, this is an incomplete injury. A person will still be able to move and feel sensations.
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The three most common forms of complete spinal cord back injuries are:
- Tetraplegia: Involves the loss of sensation, control, or movement from the neck down. Also known as quadriplegia.
- Paraplegia: Loss of feeling and function in the lower body. Catastrophic damage to the thoracic spine can result in paraplegia.
- Triplegia: The loss of sensation or ability in one arm or both legs.
Whether an accident victim has suffered a complete or incomplete back injury, the effects can be severe. Contact the California back injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase for help in seeking justice and winning compensation for your injuries.
Other Types of Back Injuries
Beyond complete back injuries and lesser spinal cord damage, other types of back injuries can be caused by accidents. These include:
➤ Sciatica: Pain that creeps in from the lower back and travels down the back is usually a symptom of a sciatic nerve injury. The sciatic nerve is located in the lower part of the spine and can cause pain and difficulty walking.
➤ Slipped, Bulging, or Herniated Disc: Discs within the spine hold the important role of absorbing shock and allowing the spine to flex and move. Herniated, slipped, or ruptured discs can cause severe long-term pain.
➤ Arthritis: Stiffness and a loss of sensation can be signs of arthritis. This is a condition that involves swelling in the joints. Spinal arthritis can be very painful and drastically reduce mobility.
If you have suffered arthritis, a ruptured disc, or torn muscle that stops you from working, or spinal cord damage that renders you unable to walk for the rest of your life, you need the help of a highly-skilled back injury lawyer to secure the compensation you deserve.
The Road to Recovery from a Back Injury
Studies show that about 8% of all adults in the U.S. suffer from a form of chronic back pain. This means that they have had to deal with a back injury for at least 12 consecutive weeks.
Dealing with debilitating back pain, as well as the other potential effects of a back injury, can take its toll. Chronic pain and other side effects can leave victims facing:
- Emotional distress
- Extreme pain
- Reduced limb and extremity function
Waking up from an accident and discovering that you have lost sensation in parts of your body as a result of a back injury can be confusing and terrifying.
Even if you suffered a lesser injury in a car accident, such as torn back muscles or ligaments, it can prevent you from working and destroy your quality of life.
Here are some back injury treatment and recovery options:
- Ice and heat
- Physical therapy
The road to recovery after a back injury is not an easy one. Proper treatment can be draining and is expensive. Work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to make sure you are not left out of pocket by the process.
Back Injury Compensation
The California back injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase take on cases in which victims have been hurt in accidents caused by negligence. For example, if you are injured in a car accident, suffering a spinal cord injury and a torn back muscle, the negligent at-fault driver would be liable for a personal injury claim.
With the help of a skilled attorney, you can file a back injury lawsuit to make sure you are compensated for your injuries. Every accident and injury is different, so there is no set compensatory amount that you can expect to win if you have been injured. But you will be able to file a back injury claim for elements including:
- Pain and suffering
- Hospital bills and other medical costs
- Lost wages
- Affected quality of life
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Specialist equipment
- At-home care and expenses
- Punitive damages
Do not try to go it alone. Many lawsuits involve filing against an insurance policy, and insurance companies are notorious for playing hardball.
The insurance company is not looking out for your best interests. It simply aims to pay out as little as possible. Working with an experienced back injury lawyer will greatly increase your chances of success. Bisnar Chase has secured back injury settlements ranging from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Settlements for Workers Comp Back Injuries
When an employee is injured while working and makes a claim for compensation, this is known as a workers’ compensation claim.
Back injuries are one of the most common causes of workers’ comp claims. They can be made if the employee was injured while carrying out their required tasks, was asked to overexert themselves, or was improperly trained.
According to a survey, the average settlement for a back injury claim is $23,600, while the average time for a case to be resolved is 18 months.
Usually, after an employee has been injured, the employer’s workers’ comp insurance will pay out to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. In some cases, a lawsuit can be filed directly against the employer.
The statute of limitations in California states that injury victims have one year from the date of their accident to file a workers’ comp claim.
Back Injury Statistics
A huge number of people across the U.S. suffer back injuries every year. The shocking statistics below show how great an impact these injuries can have on individuals, businesses, and the economy.
- More than 80% of adults in the U.S. will suffer a back injury at some point
- About 5% of back injury victims suffer long-term disabling or chronic effects
- Every year more than one million back injuries occur in American workplaces, making them the top cause of work-related disability
- An average of 264 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain injuries
- The total cost of treating back pain and injuries in America tops $50 billion every year
If you need legal help after suffering a back injury in California, Bisnar Chase is here for you.
Hire the Best Back Injury Legal Experts
At the law firm of Bisnar Chase, we believe that accident victims should not have to pay out of pocket for someone else’s careless behavior or reckless actions. We provide superior legal representation to make sure you get the justice you deserve after an accident.
Our attorneys are proud to represent people across California. Based in Orange County, we have won cases throughout the state. Some of the areas that we are privileged to support include (but are not limited to):
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We believe that actions speak louder than words. Bisnar Chase has handled the cases of more than 12,000 clients of the last 40 years with an outstanding 99% success rate. In combining those victories, we are proud to have won well over $650 million for our clients.
Most importantly, we believe in making our services accessible. We offer a free initial case review with no obligations. Contact us now for free and honest legal advice. If you decide to sign with us, we provide a ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise. We advance all costs, and you will never pay a penny if we do not win your case.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
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