Back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered in accidents in Atlanta. Even a relatively minor back injury can cause severe pain and stiffness, making it difficult to perform everyday activities. More severe back injuries include spinal cord injuries that can cause temporary or permanent paralysis, altering your life forever. Most of the time, a back injury isn’t your fault. If someone else had been more careful or had taken precautions, you would not have hurt yourself. When someone else’s carelessness caused your injury, they should be held responsible—and an experienced Atlanta back injury lawyer can help.
At John Foy & Associates, our entire law practice is dedicated to helping accident victims get the financial recovery they deserve. We have been representing accident victims for more than 20 years, growing from a small local law office to one of the largest and best respected personal injury law firms in the state. We offer a free consultation to discuss your injury and your options for financial recovery. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What are the most serious back injuries in Atlanta?
To understand which injuries are most serious, it helps to know how the back and spine work. From the outside, your back is a smooth surface, but underneath there’s a complex network of bones, nerves and muscles. At the center of your back is the spinal column, a series of vertebrae separated by discs that act like shock absorbers. Inside, your spinal cord runs down the center of that spinal column, carrying communication from your brain to the rest of your body. Nerves run from the spinal column to your arms, legs and the rest of your body. And muscle tissue runs throughout your back, helping connect your torso to your arms and legs.
There are many types of back injuries, ranging from simple sprains and strains to severe spinal cord injuries that require lifelong treatment and care. We have helped our clients get financial recovery for all types of back injuries, including the following:
- Tears in muscle tissue. These can weaken your muscles and make you more susceptible to back problems in the future.
- Herniated discs. A herniated disc means the padding between the vertebrae bulges out, causing pain, numbness or tingling. Herniated discs may require surgery.
- Fractured vertebrae, which may require surgery and stabilization with plates and screws.
- Pinched nerves and other lower back pain.
- Spinal cord injuries that cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, or paralysis of some of all of the lower body.
Even a relatively minor back injury can grow worse over time, especially if it isn’t treated. Because of this, we recommend that you always see a doctor right away after any accident or injury.
What causes back injuries?
Sudden movements, impacts and unusual strain can all injure your back. The older you are, the more susceptible you are to back injuries because of normal bone deterioration and loss of muscle mass. Back injuries can result from:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents that happen because a product malfunctions
- Sports injuries
- Assaults or other attacks
Many of these back injuries happen because someone else was careless, or negligent. If there had been a warning on the slippery floor, for example, you would not have fallen. If the other driver hadn’t run a red light, you wouldn’t have been hurt. When someone else causes your injuries, you can recover money damages from their insurance company.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are run for profit—and they usually try to minimize back injuries and offer you as little as possible for your injuries. Or they may blame you for your injuries. At John Foy & Associates, we investigate every case. We make sure all our clients get a complete evaluation by qualified medical professionals, so we know who’s at fault and the full extent of your injuries before we negotiate with the insurance company. Often, when they see the evidence we have assembled, they substantially increase their offer.
What types of costs can I recover?
In the City of Atlanta and throughout Georgia, you can recover 100% of the costs of your injuries if they were caused by someone else’s negligence. Back injuries are extremely common, and the local courts frequently award financial compensation for the following types of costs:
- Medical bills, including hospitalization and surgery
- The cost of physical and rehabilitative therapy
- Prescription drug costs
- Lost wages, if you missed time from work because of your injury
If you have severe injuries or a permanent disability, you may be entitled to recover substantially more money for pain and suffering, the cost of ongoing care, and other losses. Of course, money can never restore the life you had before your accident, but it can pay for your treatment and help you take care of your family financially while you focus on your recovery.
What if I hurt my back at work?
A special set of rules applies to injuries that happen in the workplace. Employers in Georgia must maintain workers’ compensation insurance if they have three or more employees. This workers compensation insurance is designed to pay your costs if you are injured on the job. This system exists to make sure employees are compensated for their injuries without having to file a lawsuit against their employer.
You have 30 days to report your injuries to your employer and start a workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation insurance company is like any other insurance company and will probably try to minimize your injuries and pay you as little as possible. You may also feel pressured to go back to work before you are ready. Because of this, we recommend that you work with a lawyer.
Talk to an Atlanta Back Injury Lawyer for Free
If you have injured your back, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s carelessness. At John Foy & Associates, we have two decades of experience helping accident victims in negotiations, in court and in workers’ compensation claims. We will set up a free consultation to talk about your injuries and advise you on whether you have a case. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.