Leading Neck and Back Injury Lawyer in California
Neck and back injuries are among the most serious type a person can suffer. Victims of neck and back injuries who need representation for lawsuits or settlements need a strong team of attorneys and staff who can go after those responsible for the injury and extract the maximum monetary awards.
Krasney Law, with many years spent fighting insurance companies and liable parties, has an excellent record of success.
Neck and back injuries can result from automobile crashes or other situations. The spine is among the more sensitive parts of the body, and any injury to it can result in a lifetime of pain and disability. Moreover, the spinal cord has limited power to heal, and even if it does heal it may take a long time.
What is a neck injury?
In our necks, seven vertebrae constitute the spine. The neck and spine bend flexibly due to the presence of spinal discs in between our neck bones. If any damage is inflicted upon this area, it could result in malfunctioning of the nerves. Damages could be minor or severe, causing mild to life-altering impact to the injured person.
Neck injuries are different from all other physical injuries due to these reasons:
- The central positioning of the neck and spine and therefore the impact on overall functioning of the body
- Delays in onset of neck injury symptoms in some victims
The majority of other physical injuries are restricted to certain areas of the body and therefore do not damage normal functioning. For instance, an injury to your leg will not prohibit you from doing activities involving your hands. However, in case of neck injuries, you might not know the full impact until long after the accident has occurred. Severe neck injuries could cause paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, and more.
Types of neck injuries
Some of the most common types of neck injuries are:
- Cervical spondylosis: Cervical spondylosis, also known as neck arthritis, causes pain in the disc and joints of the cervical spine as the victim grows older.
- Herniated discs: This happens when the soft discs between the vertebrae push through the bone casing and come outward, resulting in nerve pain and numbness.
- Neck sprain: Neck sprain happens when soft muscle ligaments or fibers in our neck are stretched very far due to trauma.
- Neck strain: In a neck strain, muscle fibers, upon being overstretched, tear and lead to issues with rotational motions.
- Pinched nerve: When a nerve in your neck is disturbed in any manner, it results in a pinched nerve. Pain from a pinched nerve can go down to affect your hands.
- Spinal cord injury: A blow or cut to the spine could result in severe spinal cord injury. More serious cases could lead to loss of feeling, function, and strength in any place below the injury site.
- Whiplash: Whiplash injuries occur most commonly in rear-end car accidents. In such cases, an abnormal motion could damage the ligaments, muscles, or soft tissue in the neck.
Symptoms of neck injuries
As mentioned earlier, a neck injury can cause a range of irregularities affecting normal functioning of the body. If you are not sure whether you have suffered from such an injury, then typically chronic pain is a major sign that you have been injured. Other symptoms include:
- Abnormal sensations like prickling or burning
- Back or shoulder pain
- Issues with concentrating
- Neck stiffness
- Sleep disturbance
How Can We Help?
We can help if you are injured. We can help you with your claim for compensation from the responsible auto driver or other careless party for the damage or injury caused. If you are in a similar situation, call the team at Krasney Law for a complimentary consultation.
We have attorneys and investigators capable of dealing with insurance companies, who try to pay as little as possible, even less than what you have coming. Also, some accident victims may need to file a lawsuit to get the insurance company to pay. Keep in mind, getting you back to good health is a No. 1 priority.
Krasney Law’s expert attorneys and staff can investigate the circumstances of an accident and file suit for maximum damages to see that our clients get what they need to cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Or, we can negotiate with the insurance company to get you a fair settlement for your injuries.
What Not To Do in Case of A Neck and Back Injury
If you or a family member suffered a neck and back injury because of an accident, even if it occurred a long time ago, it is very important that you consult a doctor immediately. The next thing you should do is retain the legal counsel of a knowledgeable California personal injury attorney.
A Krasney Law attorney will ask you questions to find out how your neck or back injury happened. Your attorney will ask how the accident happened, the location and what you were doing there and any medical treatments. Be honest with your lawyer. If you have access to witnesses, newspaper articles or accident reports, gather them and provide them to the attorney.
What To Do In Case of a Neck and Back Injury
If you encounter someone at the scene who was involved in an accident that resulted in your neck or back injury, be cooperative and courteous, but do not apologize or admit to any guilt. If you do you may be conceding you are liable.
Talk only to your lawyer, the police and your own insurance company about the accident. If another driver’s insurance company calls you, refer them to your lawyer or your own insurance company. Don’t speak with the other side’s insurance company without first calling our office. Please keep in mind, the insurance company will want to take a recorded statement to protect themselves, not you. They represent the people that injured you, and they are trying to reduce their financial liability.
Don’t give a recorded statement to anyone, especially insurance companies, they will use your own words against you later on in the case
What To Do After You Go Home
When you go home or soon after, contact your insurance company, and don’t lie or they may deny coverage if you’re caught. Obtain a copy of any police report.
If the neck or back injury occurred in an automobile or on a bicycle, photograph your vehicle and any damage to it. It can help a case to show the vehicle before the accident, too.
Make sure to record visits to doctors and other medical practitioners, the drugs and treatments they prescribe and what you spent on them. Pain and suffering are harder to quantify and qualify, but take notes on how you feel physically and mentally because of the impact of the injury.
Also write down all time lost at work, note what activities at work or home that you can no longer participate in, and tell how the aftermath of the wreck has affected your family life.
When Can It Be Considered Neglect?
A person who injures another party may be considered negligent when he acts in a careless and thoughtless manner. Negligence comes in two forms: when the driver or other party failed to do something that would have prevented the accident, or when he did something he should not have done.
California law requires drivers and property owners to be careful, and they may be considered negligent when they fail to act carefully. A person bringing a lawsuit must prove he was injured through the defendant’s actions, and that he suffered injuries or losses.
Hire Krasney Law—California Personal Injury Specialists
To get a free evaluation of your case, speak with an attorney who understands the complexities of neck and back injuries claims. We have been winning big awards for our clients for years. We have experienced attorneys and expert staff who will go all out to represent you for maximum damages. Call the team at Krasney Law for a free initial consultation. We will charge you nothing for an initial consultation, and we may arrange payment on a contingency basis. That is, we don’t get paid unless you get paid by either accepting a settlement or we go to trial and win your case