The personal injury lawyers at Adams Legal Group, PLLC, in Morgantown, WV are experienced in helping victims of car accidents and other serious personal injuries, where they have suffered trauma to their back and/or spinal cord. Common personal-injury causes of back pain and spinal injury include the following:
- car accidents
- truck accidents
- bicycle accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- blunt-force trauma
- penetrating injury
- slip & fall accidents
- workplace accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury because of the negligence and fault of someone else, we would be happy to talk to you about your potential personal injury case – just fill out our quick contact form on our website or contact us by phone or email for a free consultation. Note, some other very common causes of back injuries that are typically not related to personal injuries include the following:
- poor posture
- sitting too long
- lifting or twisting with heavy objects
- over-exertion during exercise
Our lawyers have the training and experience to understand your back injury, the mechanics of the injury, the typical symptomology associated with your injury, as well as the common treatments and recovery for your back injury. If you are seeking more information about your back injury, symptoms, treatments, therapies, recovery or coping, the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health has a real good primer that you might like to reference.
Types of Back Injuries
As accident and injury attorneys, we have had experience in dealing with all types of back injuries. Typical types of back injuries include the following:
- whiplash injuries
- back or neck sprains
- back or neck strains
- spinal or vertebral subluxation
- herniated (“slipped”) disc
- vertebral fracture
- spinal cord compression
- nerve injury
If you have suffered any of the above types of back, neck or spinal cord injuries, as a result of someone else’s carelessness, please contact our competent and experienced back injury lawyers, in our Morgantown, WV office today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Back Injuries May Vary In Degree
There are various degrees of back injuries and not every one has to be catastrophic to qualify as a serious injury. According to the web site webmd, lower back pain effects 25% of all Americans, is one of the most common type of severe pain, and the most frequent type of disability in adults under age 45. Although not life threatening, a serious back injury can have devastating consequences to your ability to go out and make a living, feed your family and provide the basic necessities of life for them. A serious back injury can cause severe, constant, permanent pain and as such can cause immobility and prevent you from doing the work that you were trained to do. You don’t have to have paralysis from a catastrophic spinal cord injury to have a debilitating back condition. If the mere act of walking or bending at the waist causes excruciating pain, you may have suffered a severe back injury.
Most Common Low-Back Injuries & Treatment
The most frequent type of lower-back injury is called a herniated disc and such an injury can cause constant pain requiring years of surgery. Surgeries are often combined with physical therapy and chiropractic treatments to try and help alleviate the pain. In addition to not being able to walk and bend, a person may not even be able to sit in a chair comfortably without experiencing severe pain. As a result, in order to merely function at a minimum level, victims of chronic back pain are prescribed some of the strongest pain medications available.
The most common medication for lower-back pain are over-the-counter medications categorized as anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatory drugs sold in drug stores are ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). In terms of strength, these drugs are relatively minor and represent only a first attempt to treat lower-back pain.
As is often the case, people with severe, chronic lower-back pain will graduate from anti-inflammatories to muscle relaxants that are designed to relieve back spasms. Muscle relaxants are marketed under the brands Flexeril, Zanaflex, Lioresal, and Soma. These drugs have the side effects of making you drowsy and are often prescribed for the relief of sport-related back injuries such as basketball, baseball or golf.
Another level of medication for back pain are Opioids. Opioids come in a variety of strengths ranging from the mild such as Tylenol and Vicodin, to stronger pain blocking medications such as morphine. If you have had a back injury serious enough to require surgery, chances are you have been prescribed an Opioid. Opiods are a narcotic drug and produce the most intense side effects, not the least of which is addiction. A study quoted by webmd.com states that as many as 70% of back injury patients eventually graduate to Opioid medications.
Contact An Experienced Back Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of the fault of another, and you wish to explore your options in possibly obtaining compensation for your back injuries, please contact the experienced back-injury attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC in Morgantown, WV for your free consultation – 304-381-2166. Our lawyers practice and handle spinal-injury claims in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania.