Crosley Law Firm, PC has handled hundreds of cases involving spine injuries, ranging from mild to moderate neck and back injuries to severe and paralyzing spinal cord injuries. Damage to the spinal cord can result in a loss of sensation or function. The type of function affected depends upon where the damage occurred as well as the severity of the injury.
The most common causes of spine injuries are motor vehicle accidents, followed by falls and other types of trauma. Whiplash injuries to the connective tissues, herniated discs, or disk protrusions are the most frequent neck and back injuries that we see in our clients. Common symptoms from these injuries include the following:
To clarify, with radiculopathy, the problem occurs at or near the root of the nerve(s) along the spine. However, the pain or other symptoms often radiate to the part of the body connected to that nerve. For example, a nerve root impingement in the neck can produce pain and weakness in the forearm or hand. Likewise, an impingement in the lower back or lumbar spine can be manifested with symptoms in the leg or foot. These symptoms may seem unrelated to an injury because they are not at the site, but they can be definite signs of a spine injury.
If an injury occurs to the neck, it is usually classified as an injury to the cervical spine or C-spine, which is comprised of the seven topmost vertebrae. If the injury occurs to the lower back, it is usually referred to as the lumbar spine or L-spine. This is comprised of the lowest five vertebrae. Occasionally, especially in serious injury cases, we will see damage to the mid-back, or thoracic spine (T-spine). These T-spine injuries often result from fractures to the vertebrae and can result in serious or permanent damage to the spinal cord, including paralysis.
We know that a spine injury can be life altering. Even seemingly minor neck or back injuries can develop into serious ones — especially if the injury does not heal and leads to expensive injections or surgeries. Back injuries are a leading cause of missed time from work. We are very experienced and knowledgeable about the medical issues that arise in spine injury cases. In proving these cases, we often consult with specially trained spine surgeons (most commonly orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons). We strive to know the medicine as well as or better than anyone in the courtroom. We find that our experience and knowledge of the medicine involving spinal injuries, treatment, and rehabilitation is essential in getting the best result for our clients.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury, contact Crosley Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.