St. Petersburg Back Injury Lawyers
Back injuries are serious and common occurrences that can range from temporary pain to life-changing debilitation. Some back injuries may even result in permanent paralysis. You should consider speaking with one of our St. Petersburg back injury attorneys if you or a loved one has suffered because of a negligent party.
At Bulluck Law Group, we’re committed to getting you fair compensation. We’ll prioritize your case, offer you a free consultation, and discuss how we can help. Our team has nearly a decade of effective and successful representation. We’re devoted to helping you recover damages for medical care, lost wages, and other losses.
Significance of Back Injuries
Your back holds an entire system of nerves, bones, and muscles. It’s one of the most dangerous places you can suffer an injury. Your spinal column alone has nerves that control sensation and motor function for most of your body. Because of this significance and sensitivity, back injuries can result in severe damage that could lead to permanent or long-term debilitation.
Soft tissues, especially spinal discs and those located around the vertebral bodies, contain receptors that can prompt a great amount of pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, and irritation. If someone’s negligence caused you to have a serious back injury, you could be facing lifelong medical care.
A few of the most severe back injuries include:
- Muscle tissue tears: muscles may become significantly weaker and put you at a higher risk for future problems.
- Herniated discs. the padding in your vertebrae may bulge out and lead to pain, numbness, tingling, or even surgery.
- Fractured vertebrae: this may require stabilization by having doctors insert plates and screws into your back to maintain your motor functions. A fractured vertebra may require surgery and stabilization by having doctors insert plates and screws into your back.
- Pinched nerves or a variety of other issues with lower back pain
- Spinal cord injuries. A Spinal Cord Injury may lead to full or partial paralysis and permanently affect your motor function and sensation.
Any type of back injury is serious. You should see a doctor right after the incident even if you don’t think the injury is severe enough to seek medical attention. Some injuries could lie dormant for hours, even days.
Common Causes of Back Injuries
A sudden impact or movement could lead to a back injury. People over 65 years old are often at a higher risk because their bones are usually weaker.
Here are some typical causes of back injuries:
- Slip-and-fall incidents
- Physical assaults
- Automobile accidents
- Sports & recreational activities
- Accidents caused by product malfunction
Poor maintenance of roads or floors, careless driving, and high-risk athletics are just some instances that may cause back injuries. In many incidents, a negligent person or organization is responsible.
For example, if a spill was not cleaned up by a store owner, and you fell and hurt your back, the store owner would be liable. If your coach sent you back into the game following a back injury, they could be held accountable for further damage.
Back injury victims often don’t get the compensation they deserve from the responsible parties. The team at Bulluck Law Group is ready and willing to prove the defendant is to blame for your suffering.
Potential Back Injury Damages
If a settlement for your back injury can’t be reached with the other party, you can take the defendant to court. If you win your case, the court may award damages.
One of the primary expenses the court may order the defendant to pay is medical bills. This includes the cost of hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits, and other medical expenses related to the injury. The court may also award damages for previous or future physical therapy as well as prescription costs.
Back injuries can be serious enough to require adjustments to your surroundings. The court may award damages for modifications that are necessary for your home, including wheelchair bars and ramps, as well as other additions that make life more comfortable.
The court may order compensation for lost wages. This includes money you didn’t receive because you had to take off work during recovery. The court may also award damages if the injury lowered your earning potential.
If your injury was serious enough to cause mental or emotional trauma, the court may award you non-economic damages. Your attorney could have people testify about your emotional state before and after the injury to prove pain and suffering. Dealing with a permanent injury is sufficient in some cases to demonstrate emotional trauma.
What Do I Do If I Hurt My Back at Work?
Additional regulations may apply if you hurt your back at work. Employers in Florida must have workers’ compensation insurance if they employ a certain number of workers. That number depends on the industry. These regulations are in place to ensure employees have support if they hurt themselves on the job—regardless of who’s at fault.
If you hurt your back while working in Florida, you have a month to report the injury to your employer and start a workers’ compensation claim. Many companies will try to minimize your injury so they don’t have to pay you as much. You should consult an experienced attorney to prevent an employer from taking advantage of you.
Contact a St. Petersburg Back Injury Attorney
You have the right to hold another person or organization responsible if their negligence caused your back injury. We have proven results at Bulluck Law Group, and we’ll do everything within our power to get you a fair settlement or win your case. You can get a free consultation as well as more details about filing a back-injury claim from Bulluck Law Group.