The neck and back are complex structures of bone and muscle supported by cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Together, they protect the spinal cord, which transmits mobility functions to the entire body.
When either is damaged, results can have long-lasting and far-reaching implications for victims and their families.
If you’ve been in an accident (no matter how severe) it’s always a good idea to see a doctor. Neck and back injuries can be elusive. In many cases, these injuries don’t appear until days or weeks after the accident.
It’s also a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss compensation options should an injury require medical treatment or cause financial hardship.
If you’ve been in a car accident, or if you’re experiencing pain after a crash, the Louisiana back injury lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson L.L.C. can help.
Compensation for Neck and Back Injuries
Following a car accident, the brain releases adrenaline and endorphins—it’s the body’s fight or flight instinct. This basic survival function can limit a person’s ability to detect pain after an injury. Subsequently, many back or neck injuries go undetected.
Symptoms of a neck or back injury include (but are not limited to):
- Pain or discomfort that increases with movement
- Involuntary muscle contractions (cramping or spasms)
- Limited range of motion
- Trouble walking, bending forward, twisting sideways, or standing straight
There are different types of injuries that can occur in the neck and back as well. A strain, for example, is an injury to the muscle or tendon (tendons connect muscle to bone). A sprain is an injury to the ligaments (ligaments connect two or more bones at a joint and prevent overextension).
Chronic pain in the neck or back can also result from repetitive, work-related activities such as lifting heavy equipment on a construction site.
Sprains and strains are common injuries among U.S. workers; work-related injuries are typically covered by workers’ compensation.
Whiplash, or a sudden stretch and contraction, is the most common injury reported by car accident victims in the U.S., and back pain is the third most popular reason people go to the doctor.
If you suspect you have a back injury, go see a doctor right away—especially after a car accident. Obtaining medical documentation will be important should your medical needs require compensation.
The neck and back injury lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson can help crash victims secure compensation for:
- Emergency medical services
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Medical equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages;
- And/or loss of earning potential
Important Information for Neck/Back Injury Victims
If you suspect you have a neck or back injury, see a doctor right away.
A medical evaluation is performed without particular tests or X-rays. A patient’s medical history and symptoms are usually enough to make an accurate diagnosis.
However, more serious back injuries may require X-rays to ensure symptoms aren’t signaling something else, like a herniated disk or spinal cord injury.
Because back injuries can be elusive, it’s best to see a medical professional at the first sign of symptoms or immediately after an accident; neglecting a back injury can result in worse or prolonged pain and suffering.
Furthermore, accurate documentation will aid a victim’s claim for compensation if he or she decides to bring a case against a negligent driver or another liable party.
If you suffer a back injury at work, remember these three important steps:
- Report the neck or back injury to your employer immediately—In Louisiana, workers have 30 days to report an injury.
- Seek medical treatment—documentation of the injury will help safeguard your benefits.
- Call 337-436-6611 to speak with the Louisiana workers’ compensation attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson.
Neck and back injuries can be debilitating for victims; these injuries can make it difficult to work or enjoy normal daily activities. Victims burdened by medical bills, lost wages, or other financial hardships don’t have to suffer alone or without redress.
Call our Louisiana injury lawyers today to discuss your injury and compensation options. We work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until your case is settled.