Back injuries often demand some of the highest settlements following a personal injury.
Back injuries are commonly reported after truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and the majority of premises liability cases.
One of the reasons back injuries are so common is because of the length and complex function of the spine. The human back extends from the neck to the pelvis. It is comprised of an intricate structure of bones, cartilage, nerves, muscles, tissues, and tendons.
The back is broken into the upper and lower back. The upper back contains the thoracic levels of the spine, while the lower back contains the lumbar and sacrum levels of the spinal column. These areas combined comprise an extremely long portion of the human body. In addition, the spinal column in the back is an extremely delicate web of nerves and bone.
Back injuries come in many different types. Some common back injuries are:
- Sprains and strains;
- Herniated discs;
- Bulging discs;
- Protruding discs;
- Fractured vertebrae; and
- Spinal dislocation.
Back injuries are among the most problematic long-term injuries. The complexity of the spinal column makes treatment of back injuries a difficult job. Orthopedic doctors that specialize in neck and back injuries will often attempt to begin treatment with conservative measures such as physical therapy, exercise, and medication therapy.
Failure of these conservative measures often requires a more invasive approach to prevent injury victims from suffering debilitating, lifelong back pain. If back pain persists following an injury, medical providers may perform disc replacement surgeries, fusion surgeries, and other invasive techniques.
The important function of the human back for mobility, movement, function, and performance requires treatment from highly trained medical professionals. The expenses associated with back injuries are often the cause of financial devastation for injury victims who are unaware that they are entitled to seek reimbursement from the negligent person who caused the injury.
It is extremely important to discuss your back injury with an experienced back injury attorney prior to speaking to any insurance company. Insurance companies understand the high costs associated with the treatment of back injuries and pressure individuals into accepting a quick settlement to escape future liability. Contact a Missouri back injury lawyer immediately to protect your future financial security following a back injury.