Pain and soreness can result from a car accident. Lower back pain after a car accident is especially common, even in crashes that otherwise seem minor.
If you suffered lower back pain in a car crash, you might be entitled to monetary compensation. The severity of back pain can range from relatively minor to unbearable. Our firm could help you pursue monetary compensation based on the severity of your pain.
Compensation for Injuries Causing Back Pain
If the car accident that caused your back pain was not your fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This compensation could cover the physical, emotional, and financial costs that come with chronic pain.
Some examples of available compensation include:
- Pain and suffering: You could be entitled to compensation based on the pain you experience in your lower back. Our firm could help establish that your pain was debilitating and impacted your quality of life.
- Lost wages: If your pain was serious enough to cause you to miss work, you could be entitled to recover lost wages.
- Medical bills: You have the right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, as well. This could include everything from physical therapy to the cost of pain medication.
We can calculate both your current and future losses to ensure you seek fair compensation. The last thing you want is to suffer further losses due to your accident-related injuries.
Comply With Georgia’s Statute of Limitations
The law firm you hire to represent you has a limited time to seek compensation for you after a car accident — the statute of limitations will define how much time they have according to the outcome of the accident. Compliance can be a complex legal matter because many different factors of the accident can alter the statute.
- The involvement of a minor
- The involvement of a government agency
- Certain actions taken by the at-fault driver
Failure to file your potential lawsuit before the allotted time expires could result in:
- An inability to file your lawsuit at all
- An immediate dismissal of your lawsuit
Either of the outcomes will impede you from seeking compensation because you will have no legal avenue that compels the at-fault driver or his insurance company to compensate you. The best way to avoid this costly delay in filing is to seek legal support as soon after your accident as possible. A local lawyer will understand, correctly interpret, and ensure compliance with the applicable statute of limitations.
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Types of Back Pain After a Car Accident
The spine and the muscles that surround it are complex parts of your body. The different parts of your spine are interconnected. This means an injury could have consequences along your entire back. Often, back injuries involve strain or trauma to the soft tissue surrounding the spine.
In other cases, this pain could be an indication that something more serious is happening, such as:
Often, back pain is the result of a sudden impact or trauma that has left your lower back muscles inflamed. In motor vehicle accidents, it is not uncommon for this pain to subside after a few days. In other cases, this type of back pain could remain until you take steps to address it with your doctor.
Another common injury resulting from a car accident is a herniated disc. This condition involves damage to the soft discs that serve as a cushion between vertebrae.
An impact or other stress could cause one of these discs to become displaced, leading to intense pain throughout the lower back. Sometimes, surgical intervention is necessary to address a herniated disc.
The lumbar is the section of your spine closest to your hips. In addition to the nerves and bone, there are a series of ligaments and tendons that connect to the spine and the muscles surrounding it. A strain in this area could result in immediate, severe pain.
Spinal Cord Damage
A potential cause of lower back pain involves damage to the spinal cord itself. These injuries range from bruising of the spinal cord to paralysis caused by severe damage. Back pain could come in the form of chronic nerve pain following damage to your spinal cord.
Addressing Back Pain After a Car Accident
According to Mayo Clinic, there are numerous ways to treat back pain. The important thing is to not only mitigate the pain you are feeling but also protect your right to pursue a personal injury case.
Protecting Your Health
Seek out medical care right away. It is never in your best interest to “tough it out” or assume your pain will subside in a few days. Often, back pain will only worsen over time. The sooner you seek out medical care following a car accident, the sooner your doctor is likely to identify the right course of treatment for you.
Once you receive that treatment plan, it is vital that you stick with it. After all, the best medical advice in the world will do you little good if you refuse to follow it. If you follow the advice of your doctor, you could do more than improve your chances of reducing your pain and recovering from your injuries.
Protecting Your Rights
You may also improve your chances of recovering financial compensation for your injuries. The records associated with your doctor visit could corroborate your claims of back pain and prove that you took the steps necessary to mitigate your suffering.
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Proving the Accident Caused Your Lower Back Pain
Many people struggle with lower back pain. In fact, according to Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, 28% of all men and greater than 31% of all women suffered from lower back pain in 2018.
Because back pain can have a variety of causes, when your lawyer seeks compensation for you, they will work hard to prove your pain was in fact caused by the car accident. Your medical records will help establish a connection between the collision and your injuries.
The Importance of Your Medical Records
The lawyer who represents you will request copies of your medical records from every health care professional and facility where you were and are being treated. They will document:
- Emergency treatment notes
- Ongoing medical assessment
- Photos of your range of injuries
- Results of imaging examinations
- Pain scale assessment and rating
Your medical records will also contain notes about your prescribed treatment protocol and your prognosis for the future. They will document the costs of any treatments you have received to date. They will also be used to estimate the costs of treatment you will require after your case has been resolved.
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The Four Legal Elements of Driver Negligence
Proving the accident caused your current medical condition is only one part of your lawsuit. Your attorney will fight hard to prove the driver of the other involved vehicle caused the collision. A comprehensive investigation will prove the at-fault driver’s:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
While you focus on recovering from your injury and retaining mobility due to your back injury, your legal representative will focus on proving the cause of your accident and on negotiating a favorable financial settlement.
This will include obtaining a copy of your car accident report and any attachments. It will also mean identifying, locating, and interviewing any available eyewitnesses, and obtaining smartphone, dash cam, surveillance, and security video that capture details of the collision.
An Attorney with Our Firm Can Handle Your Case
If you are dealing with lower back pain after a car accident, you could have a viable claim for compensation against the other driver. Getting the compensation you deserve may be possible, but it is not always easy. We can assume the work for you so you can rest and recuperate.
Let an attorney with Kaine Law guide you through the claims process. Call for your free consultation right away.