Back injuries are among the most devastating injuries a human being can suffer. They can happen under a number of circumstances, such as automobile accidents and workplace mishaps.
If your back injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to compensation for your pain, medical bills and financial losses. In such a case, the best course of action is to hire a dedicated McKinney back injury attorney who will fight to get you a fair and just settlement you deserve.
Types of Back Injuries
The human spine is composed of 33 different bones, held in place by a network of ligaments and tendons. It is divided into separate regions: the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum and the coccyx. In addition to providing flexibility and support the spine also contains the spinal cord, which delivers commands from the brain to the body.
The spine is a complex structure that can become easily damaged. Back injuries can also impact other parts of the body, such as the arms and legs and even the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Symptoms of a back injury can range from minor pain and stiffness to chronic pain, physical deformity and paralysis.
Common types of back injuries include:
Whiplash injuries occur when the neck and/or back is violently “whipped” backwards or forward, causing damage to the bones, nerves and muscles. Our McKinney back injury attorney most often sees whiplash caused by car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. Symptoms of whiplash can include pain and limited mobility of the neck and back.
A compression fracture occurs when one vertebra is pressed too hard against another, causing them to crack, break and ultimately collapse. If the bone shards penetrate the surrounding tissues or spinal canal, it is known as a burst fracture. Acute compression fractures can lead to severe pain and a condition known as kyphosis – a deformity that causes the spine to hunch forward.
Herniated discs occur when the discs that cushion the bones of the neck and back become damaged. Symptoms of a herniated disc include pain and/or numbness in the back and lower body. Also known as slipped or ruptured discs.
A condition usually caused by a herniated disc pressing against one of the nerves in the back causing pain. The pain travels down the back and into the legs.
Dislocations occur when vertebra are thrown out of alignment. Spinal instability and spinal cord compression can occur when the vertebra become dislocated. Treatments include back braces and stabilization surgery.
Back sprains occur when the ligaments that hold the bones of the spinal column in place become stretched or torn.
Similar to a sprain, except in a back strain the muscles or tendons in the back become stretched or torn.
Spinal Cord Injuries/Paralysis
Paralysis occurs when signals from the brain are unable to be transmitted to other parts of the body due to a spinal injury. Paraplegia describes paralysis of the legs; quadriplegia is paralysis of the arms and legs.
Back injuries resulting from medical mistakes.
Get Help from a McKinney Back Injury Attorney
A serious back injury change your life forever. If you or a loved one have suffered a neck or back injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, call a McKinney back injury attorney The McCraw Law Group at (972) 854-7900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will use every legal resource available to get you the fair settlement you deserve.
The McCraw Law Group has been providing legal services for personal injury victims in McKinney, Garland, Frisco Plano, Fairview, Weston and other North Texas communities for over 20 years. Evening and weekend appointments aren’t a problem. And if your injury has made it difficult for you to travel, we can arrange to meet with you at your home or hospital room.
The McCraw Law Group handles all neck and back injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we only collect our fee after you win your case.