When an accident results in an injury to the back or neck, victims are facing some of the most debilitating and frustrating physical conditions afflicting Americans today. Back and neck injuries often linger for weeks, months, or even years, causing pain, limiting movement, and changing the lifestyles of accident victims. These injuries can be incredibly difficult to deal with, but victims do not have to go it alone. The experienced and aggressive lawyers at Neblett, Beard, & Arsenault have helped back and neck injury victims all over Louisiana fight to protect their rights and obtain compensation or their injuries. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a legal case, contact our office nearest you today. We can discuss your case and help you decide how to best move forward.
Our Louisiana Lawyers Fight to Protect All Back and Neck Injury Victims
There are a wide range of back and neck injuries that can occur. Both the back and the neck are susceptible to serious injury due to their very structure. The neck and back are made up of the different parts of the spine: the cervical spine, or neck, and the thoracic and lumbar spine, which make up the back. The bones of the spine are essentially stacked like blocks on top of each other, with discs in between to absorb shock and offset load. In addition, a series of vital nerves, joints, and soft tissues run along the spine to send or receive messages and support the body.
With so much going on in one place, there are many physical problems that can arise. Common back and neck injuries include:
- Herniated disc
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord compression
- Vertebrae dislocation
If you’ve suffered one of these or another related injury, you may be entitled to compensation. The experience back and neck injury team at Neblett, Beard, & Aresenault can help you examine your case and determine your legal options. Take a moment to fill out our online contact form to hear back from one of our skilled lawyers.
Common Causes: How Our Clients Suffer These Serious Back and Neck Injuries
While many back and neck injuries are the results of accidents, this is not true for all of these problems. Often, they are preventable wounds, caused as the result of another person’s carelessness or the repetitive demands of work. The most common causes of back and neck injuries include:
- Auto accidents. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, vehicle accidents accounted for more than 35 percent of new back and neck injuries each year. Whiplash, fractures, compressions, and more are all common results of traffic crashes.
- Slip and falls. More than 25 percent of injuries occur due to falls, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Maritime or offshore accidents. These types of injuries can include falls, as well as water-related injuries. It can be difficult to judge depth or distance in the water, which can result in back and neck injuries.
While these are some of the more common causes, there are many ways a person can experience a serious injury. Even if you aren’t sure if your injury would qualify for legal action, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Louisiana injury lawyers. Our legal team is here to exhaust all legal recourse for you and your family to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
The Importance of Seeking Medical Treatment After a Back or Neck Injury in Louisiana
Even if at first you feel fine, every accident victim should seek prompt medical treatment. This is especially true for those who experience a back or neck injury. Often, the full scope of these injuries cannot be known for days or weeks, as bleeding, fluid collection, swelling, and inflammation can slowly occur in and around the spinal cord.
These injuries can be serious. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) run by the University of Alabama, a spinal cord injury victim spends an average of 11 days in the hospital and requires 35 days of rehabilitation. The same report states that the average life expectancy of a spinal cord injury victim is significantly lower than the general population. Back and neck injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional immediately to give victims the best chance at recovery.
Protecting Victims and Their Families Through Compensation
Unfortunately, even with timely and appropriate medical care, there are some back and neck injuries that will continue to cause victims pain and frustration for a long time. The physical, emotional, social, and financial fallout from these injuries can have a serious impact on the victim and his family. While the average yearly expenses can vary greatly from patient to patient based on the severity of the injury, the NSICS estimates that spinal cord injuries cost victims millions of dollars over the course of their life. To mitigate the damage, the law allows victims to pursue an injury lawsuit to obtain compensation. It is possible for victims to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
The careful and thorough pursuit of these damages can be vital to a victim and his family, especially in cases where the injury prevents the victim from returning to work or performing important family duties. The skilled lawyers at Neblett, Beard, & Arsenault understand just how important this compensation can be, and we work hard to pursue every possible avenue to hold the negligent party liable.
Frequently Asked Questions of Louisiana Back and Neck Injury Victims
What do I do now if I’ve suffered a back or neck injury?
The first thing all victims should do is seek medical attention. Once you are under the care of a qualified physician, you can take care of a few key items. It’s a good idea to:
- Document the accident. Write down all the details surrounding the injury so you don’t forget anything. Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses, and anything else you think might help your case.
- Don’t talk to insurance companies or opposing lawyers. If the negligent party tries to contact you, do not offer any information other than the basic facts of the accident. Though they may seem friendly now, they are working to maintain their own interests.
- Call the back and neck injury lawyers at Neblett, Beard, & Arsenault. Our experienced attorneys can help you examine your unique situation and determine the best way forward. Every case is different, and we can help you explore every possibility to seek both justice and compensation.
I don’t think my injury is too severe. Should I still seek legal advice?
It can be very difficult to determine the full scope of back and neck injuries immediately after an accident. In some cases, these injuries can develop into further complicated issues. Additionally, even a minor injury can have a serious impact on your life. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced legal team to learn more about your rights and possible legal options.
How much is my claim worth?
Every claim is different, and compensation is generally awarded in accordance with the severity of injuries, the pain that was suffered, and the financial impact the injury has on the victim both now and in the future. The circumstances of the injury also come into play. A skilled attorney can review your case and help you understand more about what your potential outcome may be.
What if my injury happened at work?
Though workers’ compensation does cover most work-related illnesses and injuries, there are certain situations in which victims are entitled to pursue a legal claim outside the workers’ compensation system. A qualified lawyer can help you determine if this is appropriate for your case.
Call our Louisiana Back and Neck Injury Lawyers Today to Get Started
The dedicated team of lawyers at Neblett, Beard, & Arsenault are here to help you prepare a vigorous and complete legal case. We believe victims should be able to focus on what really matters—the physical and emotional recovery that is necessary after a back or neck injury. Just as we have for many other Louisiana clients just like you, we will fight to protect your rights and help you explore all the legal options available to you. If you have suffered a back or neck injury, our legal team has the knowledge, resources, and experience to help you aggressively pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Our back and neck injury lawyers help clients in all across Louisiana. Take a moment to fill out our online contact form, or find our office nearest you to schedule a complete case review.