If you have been hurt in an accident, such as a car accident, truck accident, trip and fall, or slip and fall, you should seek immediate medical treatment for any neck and back injuries. These injuries frequently cause serious, debilitating pain, and can be a result of fractures or soft tissue damage. Common types of neck and back injuries include:
- Herniated, ruptured, or slipped discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Compression fractures
- Spiral fractures
- Tendon or ligament strain
- Tendon or ligament sprain
- Connective tissue injuries
- Soft tissue injury (muscle, tendon, or ligament damage)
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical and lumbar disc disease
Neck and back injuries can also cause tenderness, stiffness or spasms in the neck and back muscles, as well as headaches, dizziness and vision impairment. Persons with neck and back injuries should pay particular attention to symptoms like pain or discomfort, tingling, numbness, or paralysis of arms or legs, which may indicate a more severe injury. Medical treatment for neck and back injuries can include physical therapy, medication or surgery.
It is also important that you follow your physician’s instructions and recommendations for the treatment of your neck and back disorder. Your physician might recommend physical therapy or chiropractic care. Your physician may also refer you to an orthopedic physician. Orthopedic physicians focus their medical practices around neck, back and shoulder injuries as well as arm, wrist, leg, foot and ankle injuries. Orthopedic physicians can recommend that you undergo an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). An MRI can see bodily structures that an X-ray cannot reveal. For example, a herniated disc or a bulging disc is usually more apparent on an MRI than an X-ray. A physician may also order a CT scan (computerized tomography) which takes multiple X-rays of your bodily structures.
Ultimately, a physician could recommend any combination of treatments, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, nerve ablations or surgery, depending on the nature and extent of your injury. Whatever the case, you should seek medical attention and follow up with your physicians.
Insurance companies can undercompensate injury victims if the injury is considered a soft tissue back or neck injury. In other words, the injury is limited to the muscles, tendons or ligaments and does not involve bone fractures or disc disease. As a result, the insurance companies usually take the position that the injury was minimal. If you have ever experienced back or neck sprain, then you know how painful these so-called soft tissue injuries can be. It can sometimes be difficult just getting out of bed, let alone carrying out your normal daily activities.
The attorneys of Curtis Legal Group, whether in Sacramento, Stockton or Modesto, understand that soft tissue injuries as well as other serious neck and back injuries can be painful and debilitating. We want to know all about your injuries and how your injuries have affected your life, whether at home or at work. You may have incurred medical bills. You may have lost income and had to pay for household services. It is important for you to tell us your story so that we can evaluate your case and determine what legal steps need to be taken. In this way, we can better inform the insurance companies about your injury and the law that applies to your injury.
We Don’t Recover Unless You Do
If another person’s negligence caused your back or neck injuries, contact the California neck and back attorneys at Curtis Legal Group to discuss your case. Our trial attorneys possess the dedication and experience to handle your case professionally and preserve your legal rights.
We will aggressively pursue every avenue to ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries.
Please call us at 1-800-LAW-3080 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.