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IL injury lawyerInjuries that affect the back can cause a great deal of difficulty in a person’s life. Back injuries can restrict a person’s movement, affect their ability to perform work-related activities, or even result in permanent disabilities. When these injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, such as in a car accident or slip and fall, a victim can pursue compensation from the person or company who was responsible. If back injuries occur in the workplace, employees will usually be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Those who have suffered these types of injuries will want to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatments, as well as their legal options for addressing the damages they have suffered.

Types of Back Injuries

Back injuries may affect the vertebrae in the spine, the nerves in the spinal cord, or different muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The most serious injuries often involve damage to the spinal cord, which can result in partial or total paralysis in the parts of the body below the level of the spine where the injury occurred. Some common back injuries include:

  • Fractured vertebrae - The bones in the spine protect the spinal cord, and they also allow a person to support their weight while walking upright. Vertebrae may be broken in a serious impact, such as a fall or a car crash, and this may damage the nerves in the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is severed, a person may suffer complete paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia. While damage to the spinal cord is often irreparable, surgical procedures may be able to restore some function and repair the damaged vertebrae.
  • Bulging, compressed, or ruptured discs - The discs in the spine serve as cushions between the vertebrae, and damage to these discs can cause pain when bones grind against each other. Stress on the spine can cause discs to rupture or bulge into unnatural positions, putting pressure on the spinal cord or other nerves and leading to chronic pain and loss of sensation. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair damaged discs, or a person may receive treatments such as medications or physical therapy.
  • Sprains and strains - Damage to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the back can occur due to a work-related accident, such as attempting to lift an item that is too heavy, or these injuries can build up over time due to repeated motion. While rest and anti-inflammatory medications may allow a person to recover from these injuries over a few days or weeks, in more serious cases, a person may require additional treatment, such as physical therapy.

Contact a Bloomingdale Back Injury Lawyer

Whether you have suffered a back injury because of someone else’s negligence or while you were at work, the Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C. can provide the legal help you need. We will work with you to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or file a workers’ compensation claim, ensuring that you will have the financial resources to make a full recovery. Contact our Bloomingdale, IL spine injury attorney today at 630-665-5678 to set up a free consultation.

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IL injury lawyerThe back and neck are some of the most complex areas of the human body. A person’s back is made up of an intricate system of bones, nerves, and tissues. The spine is made up of small bones called vertebrae, which form a column. The neck is the start of the spinal column and spinal cord. Blunt force trauma or the impact from a fall on these parts of the body can range from minor to serious injuries. Immediate and long-term effects for a victim can include surgery, physical therapy, chronic pain, loss of motor function, or even paralysis. In some cases, a back or neck injury may be the direct result of an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence.

Accidents That Can Result in Damage to the Spine

Many injuries to the neck or back region are caused by being involved in some type of accident. One of the most common is a car crash. When an automobile suddenly brakes and the car behind it rear ends the vehicle, it can force a passenger’s head to move back and forth rapidly, leaving the person with what is commonly referred to as “whiplash.” Unnatural twisting of the neck or spine due to hitting the dashboard or being thrown from a car can also lead to significant injury.

A pedestrian could also be struck by a vehicle and suffer similar damage to the back or neck. In other cases, a person who is walking may slip and fall, landing on his or her back, which can shatter the vertebrae or damage the spinal cord. This may be due to uneven pavement or icy sidewalks or staircase.

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IL injury lawyerYou may have heard someone say, “I threw out my back” in reference to him or her turning the wrong way or lifting a heavy object and “tweaking” it slightly. However, back injuries can be serious and life-altering. These types of injuries can occur in a car accident, in the workplace, or even outside. Debilitating back pain can even lead to months of physical therapy or surgery.

A person may not be able to work or even walk. It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of adults experience a back injury in their lifetime, with roughly 10 percent suffering a re-injury. If you were involved in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

Common Types of Back Injuries

The back is one of the largest and most complex parts of the body. It is made of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from the neck to the pelvis. A few of the most common kinds of injuries to the back include:

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