Neck and back injuries are some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of another party's negligence in causing auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slip and fall accidents. This is because the neck and back are some of the most vulnerable areas of the body.
Neck and back injuries can range from muscle spasms and soft tissue strains to herniated disks and compression fractures. Each of these injuries can require special treatment by an experienced physician or chiropractor. In addition, the symptoms of these injuries can often be misleading and may take days to appear.
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For example, back injuries to the Spinal Cord will sometimes cause radiculopathy, which is the inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve. This can cause numbness, tingling and other symptoms in the extremities of the body, like the arms or legs, which are connected to that spinal nerve. Without proper medical treatment, injured persons can often pass off a serious injury to their spinal cord as something trivial related to their arms or legs instead. For this reason, after an auto accident or serious fall, it is extremely important that you pay close attention to all pain and symptoms you may be experiencing, and that you report all of these symptoms to an experienced physician.
One of the more common and more serious types of back injuries is the herniated disk. When an intervertebral disk in the spine is herniated, it means that the soft, pulpy center of the disk is protruding through the surrounding rim of the disk and applying pressure to the nerves of the spinal cord, which is what causes the severe pain experienced by injured person. These types of injuries usually occur due to extreme compression of the vertebrae as a result of some type of traumatic event, like a fall or car accident.
One of the most common types of neck injury is the whiplash. Whiplash injuries most often occur due to rear-end auto collisions, but can also result from front-end and side-impact collisions as well. While most whiplash injuries are minor and will heal within a few weeks with proper care, some cases become chronic and will lead to long-term discomfort. For this reason, spotting the symptoms of a whiplash injury, seeking proper care for these injuries, and monitoring the progress of these injuries are all critical tasks for a potential plaintiff after an auto accident has occurred. To read more about the symptoms and biomechanics of Whiplash Injuries click here.
The attorneys at Easton & Easton, LLP are experienced in helping their clients find the medical attention and care that they need in order to properly diagnose and treat the full extent of these types of injuries, which is a critical and often overlooked part of the path to achieving a favorable result to a client's personal injury claim.
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At Easton & Easton, LLP, our combined 70 years of experience allow us to seamlessly assess and coordinate medical care for these types of injuries to make certain the full extent of the injuries are identified, treated, and provable.
We understand the tricks, stratagems, and defenses the insurance companies and their attorneys use to defeat or minimize a claim, and at Easton & Easton, LLP we utilize our experience, skill, and dedication to make certain our clients do not fall victim to the insurance companies' tricks and stratagems.
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Cervical Fusion Caused By Rear-End Auto Accident
In 2015, Easton & Easton acquired $1,250,000 for a client who had been t-boned and suffered a 2 centimeter (20mm) disc herniation at C5-6, requiring a Cervical Fusion. After the first 3 months of positive recovery post-Fusion, our client began smoking again (as she had strictly been told not to do by her physician) and soon thereafter began to experience pain and radicular complaints. She was diagnosed with Pseudoarthrosis and loosening of the prior Fusion hardware and was advised to undergo a revision of the Cervical Fusion.
At the time of attending a mediation shortly before trial, our client had incurred $48,965.03 in medical bills related to the accident, but still had not undergone the repeat Fusion Surgery. Not surprisingly, the Defendants argued that our client was responsible for the need for the revision surgery because she had resumed smoking, which potentially caused the Fusion to fail. Nonetheless, we were able to convince them that a jury would disagree and we negotiated a mediated settlement of $1,250,000 for our client.