The motor vehicle collision lawyers at Donaldson & Weston understand what a difficult and painful time the aftermath of a serious motor vehicle collision may be.
Car Accident Attorneys for Victims in Port St. Lucie and Surrounding Cities
Back injuries are some of the most common and painful injuries that an individual may suffer in a car accident. Additionally, these injuries are often difficult to treat, since symptoms do not always match the source of the injury, and often many elements of the body are involved. When a careless driver has caused an accident leading to a back injury, you may have legal recourse to aid you in the costs of your recovery. The Port St. Lucie back injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston offer dedicated representation to victims injured by another party’s negligence. Our car accident attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that clients’ legal rights are preserved and properly supported, while they focus on their treatment and recovery. If you have suffered a back injury due to a car accident, contact our office today to see how we can help and learn more about your legal options.
Common Back Injuries From Car Accidents
An individual’s back is comprised of multiple muscles, tendons, and ligaments working together to support vertebrae, discs, and the spinal cord. The impact of a car accident may cause significant injuries to one or more parts of a victim’s back. Following a crash, it is important to consult a medical professional, especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as radiating pain traveling up and down your legs, weakened muscles, any numbness in your limbs or back, or general back pain, any of which may indicate a serious back injury. Common back injuries sustained in an automobile accident include:
- Herniated or bulging discs, which occur when one of the 23 discs located between the vertebrae either breaks open, causing a herniation, or gets pushed or squeezed out of its normal position, causing a bulge.
- Soft tissue damage, which includes injuries to ligaments, tendons, or muscles surrounding the vertebrae after they stretch or tear, leading to nerve damage.
- Flexion distraction fractures, occurring due to an impact that causes a victim’s upper vertebrae and spinal cord to bend forward, such as in a head-on collision, resulting in a fracture to the upper vertebrae.
- Transverse or crosswise fractures, resulting from unnatural twisting of a victim’s vertebra and spine.
- Dislocation fractures, which are some of the most common back injuries sustained in a crash, happen when vertebrae fracture, and soft tissue around the disc enters into the injured area.
Each year, millions of people sustain a back injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, due to the sudden trauma caused to a victim’s body. These victims may need medication, chiropractic services, physical therapy, or surgery in order to treat their injuries. Many of these remedies are costly and also require victims to take time away from work. When a careless individual has caused a collision, victims should consult a back injury attorney in the Port St. Lucie area to pursue legal action to assist them in covering these expenses.
Personal Injury Cases Based on Negligence
Victims, or plaintiffs, may file a personal injury claim, which is most often based on the legal theory of negligence. To prove that a defendant was negligent, a plaintiff has the burden to show that they were owed a duty of reasonable care, that duty was breached by the defendant’s actions, those actions caused the plaintiff’s injuries, and damages were sustained.
Since all drivers owe others on the road a duty to act as a reasonable person would act when given the same or similar circumstances, these cases usually come down to whether an action was reasonable and whether it actually caused the crash. For instance, a driver who is not paying attention and veers into oncoming traffic, striking another vehicle head-on, is an example of someone who would be seen as unreasonable. Additionally, if the victim in the other vehicle had no history of back injuries until that point in time, causation would likely be proven as well. If negligence is established, a victim may recover compensation for past and future medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.