If you are dealing with a serious back injury, you know the immense pain that accompanies it. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were 250,870 occupational injuries involving the back in 2006 alone. As a victim of a back injury, it is important to recognize the symptoms, understand treatment options and pursue legal action when necessary.

Some occupations pose risks of back injuries, such as nursing, construction, factory work and even office-related work. When you engage in an activity in which your body is not accustomed, an injury can occur. For example, lifting heavy objects or conducting strenuous yard work are both frequent culprits of back injuries.

The degree of pain can vary significantly for a back injury, from a dulling ache to a sharp pain. Back injuries can also range in severity. Mild injuries can result from overuse of the back, while moderate back injuries may be caused by tripping or falling. More serious back injuries can be caused by:

  • Falls
  • Work-related accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Sports-related activities
  • Direct blows to the spine

These types of situations require immediate medical attention, as there could be major damage done to the spinal cord. A sudden injury can cause a sprain, spine fracture, spine dislocation, torn or ruptured disk or nerve compression in the lower back.

Back Injury Symptoms & Treatment
There are two main types of back injuries – spondylolisthesis and cervical radiculopathy. Spondylolisthesis occurs when the vertebrae slip, usually at the base. It can include a fracture of one or more parts of a vertebra. Cervical radiculopathy refers to the damage or disturbance of nerve function that is the result of compression of one of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebra. Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy may include pain and loss of sensation in various extremities. Victims of spondylolisthesis may experience the following symptoms:

  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Leg pain

A physician will most likely order an x-ray, CT scan or MRI to determine the extent of damage to the back. The recommended treatment of a back injury will depend on its severity. Minor back injuries usually only require bed rest and over-the-counter pain medication. For a more severe back injury, the physician may recommend surgery, medication and physical therapy.

Compensation for a Back Injury
When someone else’s negligence is to blame for your back injury, as in the case of a fall or car accident, or if the injury occurred at work, then you may be eligible to receive compensation. David Benenfeld will review your case to determine the best course of action. A successful back injury lawsuit could entitle you to monetary damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.Contact David Benenfeld today for expert legal advice regarding your case.