Alpharetta Back and Neck Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen, and when they do, back and neck injuries are unfortunately common. If you have experienced an accident and have had a back or neck injury, or are feeling pain in those areas following the accident, you might have legal rights to seek compensation from the parties that caused the accident.
It is important to have the right legal help to advocate for your rights and ensure that what you receive in your settlement is what you need to be made whole. You want a trusted Alpharetta injury attorney from Spaulding Injury Law on your side.
Back injuries are painful injuries that are often slow to heal, and that can bring your life – as you’re currently living it – to a screeching halt. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that one of the most common reasons for seeking medical attention and for missing work is back pain and that it is a leading factor in physical disability the world over.
Injuries to the cervical spine – or the vertebrae that make up the spine – often lead to long-term disability, and both the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Mayo Clinic cite the impact of traffic accidents and slip and fall accidents as being primary causes of back injuries.
Neck injuries can take many painful forms, including the following:
- Vertebral fractures
- Pinched nerves
- Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash
The Mayo Clinic shares that neck injuries are also closely tied to traffic and slip and fall accidents and that they are complicated injuries that can require ongoing medical care.
Many kinds of accidents can lead to back and neck injuries, but those most closely associated with these complicated claims include the following:
- Car, truck, motorcycle, rideshare, and pedestrian accidents
- MARTA accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Boating accidents
Regardless of the kind of negligence-based accident that leaves you injured, seeking the compensation to which you are entitled is likely to play a primary role in your ability to reach your most complete recovery, and a dedicated back and neck injury lawyer can help you with that.
Injuries Can Go Uncompensated if You Settle Quickly
Often, when you are working on getting past an accident, one of the first things in your mind is to settle and move onward. However, while a quick settlement might feel right in the moment, and the opposing insurance company is surely going to be happy to help accommodate you there, it can be bad for your case and your ongoing health. Some injuries take time to emerge following an accident. Back and neck injuries are particularly dangerous given that some injuries to the back or neck may take time to emerge, as pain is not immediately experienced after some accidents due to the stress and/or adrenaline associated with the accident.
If you settle quickly, you might later learn that you have long-term nerve damage or other lasting complications that will require ongoing medical intervention and could impact your ability to work in the future. This means your quick settlement will not cover your losses, and you cannot seek additional compensation later on.
The purpose of seeking compensation is to put you in the position you would have been in were it not for the accident and injury. If you’ve been in an accident, it is important to take your time to determine what the extent of your damages are, and what they could be in the future, to fully recover your damages. Always have a back and neck injury lawyer review any settlement offers before you accept them.
Car Accidents Often Cause Substantial Neck and Back Injuries
Car accidents generally involve impacts that jolt the body, which can cause many types of injuries to your back or neck. These injuries might include:
- Herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Whiplash can occur in car accidents that are not even particularly fast or hard. When your body is moving in one direction and stops, the snapping motion can tear the soft tissues in your neck, which can, in turn, cause nerve damage and lasting injury.
If you’ve been injured and are experiencing soft-tissue soreness or any symptoms following the accident, it is important that you seek medical attention. Soft tissue damage and soreness can be only the minor initial symptoms of a longer-term injury that could have a significant impact upon your future health and even your earnings. If another driver or party caused your crash, you can file a claim against their insurance to seek compensation for your losses.
Other Accidents Can Cause Back and Neck Injuries
Whether you fall from a high place or slip and fall on level ground, it is common for back and neck injuries to result. In many situations, these accidents happen due to the negligence of others, including businesses and property owners who allow fall hazards to exist. Defective products, such as ladders or safety equipment, can also lead to falls and serious injuries.
If you are hit by a car while walking, trauma to your back or neck is common. These pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries, and a negligent driver should always be held fully accountable after they cause you injuries and losses.
Bending incorrectly or without the correct supportive back harness can lead to lasting back injuries. It is up to the employer to ensure that workplace conditions are safe and proactively serve to prevent injury and illness at work. Unfortunately, employers are not always as careful as they should be, the result of which could be you experiencing an injury on the job.
While workers’ compensation is often the source of benefits after a work-related injury, third parties not affiliated with your employer can also be liable in some situations. Always have a back injury lawyer review whether you have a third-party claim for additional compensation.
Identifying Your Losses
When it comes to back and neck injuries identifying the full scope of your losses can be quite challenging but is a critical component of your personal injury claim. The basic categories of loss – or legal damages – that apply include:
- Your medical expenses, which may need to address future medical needs related to complications or secondary health concerns
- Your lost income, which may include losses related to decreased earning potential
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering, which can be one of the most challenging stumbling blocks you face
Each category of loss must be carefully assessed, well documented, and clearly outlined in your personal injury claim in order to achieve a favorable resolution that allows you to reach your most complete recovery.
Protecting Your Health and Your Claim
While your injuries and claim will be specific to you alone, taking the following steps is universally beneficial to accident victims like you:
- Seek immediate medical attention and take your doctor’s advice seriously.
- Consult with a trusted back and neck injury lawyer as soon as you’re able to do so.
- Allow your lawyer to communicate with the involved insurance company on your behalf – the insurance rep is poised to coax a statement out of you that could prove damaging to your claim.
- Stay off social media while your claim is pending – the insurance company is on the lookout for a post that it can mold to its own purposes.
- Look to your lawyer to skillfully negotiate a settlement that covers your complete losses or to proceed to trial if the insurance company shows no interest in engaging in fair negotiations.
A Note about the Insurance Company
It can be difficult to reconcile the fact that the very insurance company paid to cover your claim is motivated by profits, which means it will do what it can to keep your settlement as low as possible. This is a primary reason why having professional legal counsel in your corner is in your best interest. Some of the most common tactics employed by insurance companies in their efforts to reduce payouts include the following:
An Early Settlement
Offering an early settlement – but one that fails to adequately cover the related losses you’ve experienced – is a common approach. The insurance company recognizes how effective this technique can be in the face of the financial desperation many claimants experience.
The insurance company may deny your claim from the start in the hope that you will simply back down, and without the knowledgeable legal guidance of an experienced back and neck injury lawyer, you might be tempted to do so.
The insurance company may attempt to push fault away from their policyholder and toward you, the claimant. The matter of fault in your claim will ultimately be determined in accordance with the facts, and your lawyer will ensure the other party’s negligence is well accounted for.
Denial of Damages
The insurance company may deny the extent of the damages you’ve suffered. Disproving their assessment will come down to the clear, outlined presentation of your physical, financial, and emotional damages, which you can count on your focused lawyer to produce.
Overly Complicated or Lengthy Process
Some insurance companies are not above making the lengthy and complicated claims process even more so in an attempt to scare claimants off. Your lawyer, however, will be well prepared to hold the company to the applicable legal standards that regulate the industry.
What should I do after an accident if my back or neck is injured?
If you suspect a back or neck injury after an accident, it is important to seek immediate emergency medical attention, ideally from an on-site professional at the scene of the accident, and move as little as possible to prevent aggravating an injury.
Muscle soreness could be from minor bruising, but could also indicate more significant damage to your tissues or nerves, and so medical attention is important to determine the extent of your injuries. Once you get a diagnosis, always follow your treatment plan so you can achieve as much physical recovery as possible.
What kind of attorney helps with back and neck injuries?
Generally, personal injury attorneys represent clients after others cause injuries, and you want a lawyer who understands the complex and often chronic nature of Make sure that you ask questions during your initial consultation to learn if an attorney has helped clients with your type of injury. A lawyer can help identify liable parties, calculate your damages, and pursue the full compensation you deserve for your:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
What Damages Could I Collect for my Neck and Back Injury?
Being injured in an accident caused by someone or something else entitles you to compensation for your injuries and their subsequent impact on your life. These impacts might be financial, physical, or even emotional. The purpose of collecting damages is to be fully compensated for the costs and losses associated with your injuries, a legal term known as “being made whole.”
The damages that might be available to you after your neck and back injury include:
- Medical Bills – The emergency room bills, medications, diagnosis and treatments, and any other costs immediately after your injury, in addition to any long-term medical costs like treatment, medication, and rehabilitation, should all be covered in your damages.
- Lost Wages and Work Benefits – The lost wages and work benefits that you did not receive while recovering from your injury are covered in your damages so that your time recovering does not negatively impact your household finances.
- Lost Earning Ability – Sometimes, a serious back or neck injury can make it so that you cannot return to work, or work that pays as well, as before your injury. When this is the case, you are entitled to damages to cover the change in your earnings ability from the time of your accident through the remainder of your working life.
- Pain and Suffering – While your physical and mental pain and suffering are not directly tied to any expenses or bills, they are still compensable damages. Always have a lawyer calculate your intangible losses for the purposes of your claim.
It is important to remember that you can only collect damages that you can prove with evidence, and collecting evidence of damages can be daunting. This is where an attorney is especially helpful, as they can ensure you have enough proof to secure full compensation for your back or neck injury.
How Much is My Neck and Back Injury Worth?
The amount that your neck and back injury is worth depends entirely upon the unique facts and circumstances of your accident and injuries, and the evidence that your attorney can obtain to prove your losses. Your back and neck injury lawyer will help you schedule follow-up appointments with experts when needed to collect evidence to fully and accurately measure the damages associated with your accident.
How Does My Alpharetta Back and Neck Injury Lawyer Help?
Working with a back and neck injury lawyer regarding your injury claim removes the stress of the legal process from your day-to-day life. Your attorney steps into your shoes and handles the entire process for you, from claim through compensation. If we take your case, your attorney will begin by collecting evidence of the accident that led to your injuries, the parties involved and liability, and their insurance companies. Then, your damages will be accurately and completely measured so that they can be incorporated into your claim demand.
Your claim must be drafted and submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance company, which will likely do whatever possible to reduce or deny your claim. Your attorney evens the playing field and ensures that you collect the full amount you are entitled to – and are not taken advantage of by the insurance company.
Speak with an Alpharetta Back and Neck Injury Lawyer Today
Understanding what your injury means for your present and future life and how to collect damages to make you whole can be complex. An experienced Alpharetta back and neck injury attorney is your best bet at approaching your case from the right angle to achieve the settlement or outcome that fully compensates you for your damages.
The distinguished Alpharetta back and neck injury lawyers at Spaulding Injury Law recognize how important your claim is to your recovery and, in response, focus their practice on skillfully advocating for optimal claim outcomes. We care about your claim and are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us online or call us for more information today.
The best thing you can do for your health and financial future is to seek a no-cost case evaluation from our legal team as soon as possible. Alpharetta Personal Injury Lawyers is located at 44 Milton Ave #132, Alpharetta, GA 30009, United States.