Attorneys Helping with Neck and Back Injuries
Spine and neck injuries can not only cause a lot of pain but can also result in long-lasting negative effects on other parts of your body as well. If you or a loved one have experienced a spine and/or neck injury, it’s important to get checked out immediately. Knowing all your options and exactly how to proceed is critical. At Ramos Law, we help people who have experienced neck and/or spine injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Our personal injury law firm in Colorado and Arizona has years of experience handling neck and back injury cases. We are ready to fight for the financial compensation you need to ease the stress and anxiety caused by the accident.
The exact timeframe you have to file a neck and spine claim varies from state to state (it typically will be anywhere from two to six years after the date of the injury). It is always best to contact a neck and back injury attorney right away to ensure that you do not miss your state’s timeframe to file a claim. Contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
What Sets Our Spine & Neck Injury Lawyers Apart From the Rest
After an accident resulting in a neck and/or spinal injury, many victims face overwhelming financial problems from lost work, medical bills, and their recovery. Our compassionate attorneys will invest our time and resources into building your claim and handle all of the details so you can focus on healing, rather than worry about paying the mounting medical bills or dealing with insurance companies.
Dr. Joseph Ramos is an emergency medicine physician and attorney with many years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured, including those who have suffered neck and spinal injuries from various accidents. Dr. Ramos began studying law because, as an ER doctor, he wanted any injured person or wronged party to have access to proper legal counsel if they chose to pursue it. He and our entire team of neck and back injury attorneys have a deeper understanding of your case from medical and legal angles. This allows us to give the best possible representation to accident victims who need help during one of the worst experiences of their lives.
Common Causes of Neck Injuries
Neck injuries are commonly caused by traumas a person experiences throughout their life. Regardless of the mechanism of injury, any time someone sustains a trauma involving the head and neck, the rapid stop-and-start motion of the head leads to a damaging combination of forces to muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and even the brain itself.
Some common car, truck, or other type of vehicle accidents that can lead to serious neck injuries include rear-end accidents, T-bone accidents, or bicycle accidents. Work injuries, slips/falls, and sports injuries also create sufficient trauma to cause significant damage. The severity and long-term impact of a neck injury can depend on the kind of accident you encountered, the speed of any vehicles involved, whether or not one vehicle was stationary while the other one was moving, and many, many more factors.
Most Common Types of Neck Injuries
The most common types of neck injuries to be aware of when in an accident are:
- Whiplash, also known as Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration syndrome (CAD)
- Ligament Injury
- Muscle sprain/strain
- Nerve Damage
When whiplash occurs, the force of being hit from the front, from behind, or even from the side by another vehicle can cause overstretched muscles and sprained joints, which is why you might experience significant neck pain. Moreover, the neck pain can radiate to other places in the body because of damage to the delicate ligaments and nerves that leave the neck and travel down the arms and hands, as well as to the head and upper torso.
Common Back Injuries
Just like a neck injury, a back injury can also lead to joint, muscle, and nerve damage. Nerves from your back travel to your groin, legs, feet, and ankles. If these nerves are damaged a feeling of pain, numbness, and tingling or altered sensation is common. Other injuries to the lower back can include herniated discs, injuries to the spinal joints and ligaments, and when extreme, fractures or spinal cord injuries that can lead to permanent damage.
Head and Brain Trauma
Besides the pain patterns described above, another possible effect of trauma is head or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These types of injuries are commonly associated with a sudden, unexpected motion that jostles the brain around in the skull, hitting the sides and causing bruising to the delicate brain tissue. Two resulting conditions from this type of trauma are known as Post-Concussive Syndrome (PCS) and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI).
All of the negative consequences of an accident that results in a spine or neck injury can affect an accident victim for the rest of their life. If you were hurt in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact one of our neck and back attorneys as soon as possible.
Signs of a Neck, Back, or Head Injury
If you’ve been in an accident and suffered some type of head, neck, or brain injury, you might not feel bad immediately following the incident. It’s not unusual for accident victims to begin feeling symptoms in the days or even weeks following the crash with some of the most common being:
- Increased fatigue
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of focus
- Increased irritation while operating a vehicle (“road rage”)
- Pain, numbness, and tingling, which can signal nerve damage
The extent of pain and injury you experience after an accident varies based on your age, level of fitness, the speed of the vehicle(s) on impact, and several other factors. In any case, it’s vital that you receive a thorough medical evaluation from a trained professional to document your injuries in case you need evidence of them when filing a personal injury claim.
Head, Neck, and Back Injury Treatments
Getting the proper treatment for head, neck, and back injuries is crucial to ensure as complete a recovery as possible. Treatments for these types of injuries vary from very conservative to very aggressive, depending on location, severity, and how patients respond to care. Some of the more common treatments include:
- Physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc.
- Muscle and joint Injections
- Treatments that “deaden” nerve tissue (Rado-frequency neuro ablation procedure)
- Spinal surgery (most aggressive approach)
- Counseling to help with the mental and emotional injuries associated with traumatic injuries
- Cognitive rehabilitation to assist with activities of life at work and home (especially relevant when a head injury results in trauma to the brain)
Long-Term Effects of Back and Neck Pain
With great care and some good fortune, many non-serious injuries get complete resolution over time. That said, when injuries are severe and require advanced procedures such as Radio-frequency neuro ablations or surgeries, long-term effects are often part of the picture that needs to be addressed by the patient and his or her medical team.
Neuro-ablation often needs to be performed two, three, or even more times as nerves that are heated up and “killed” grow back and once again transmit pain signals, leaving the patient in pain and seeking relief.
Back and neck surgeries vary in type, but whether a spine is getting fused or parts of the spine are removed, the seriousness of these procedures cannot be overlooked and should only be considered after other, less serious treatment options have been exhausted.
One of the biggest tests of recovery following an accident is a patient’s ability to perform their normal daily activities. If pain continues to bother you following an accident, you may notice that your Activities of Daily Living, or ADL, were also negatively impacted. Any loss in your ability to function as you did before the accident—such as in your daily home routine, work duties, social activities, hobbies, sleep, or your overall sense of well-being—tells a huge amount about the degree to which you were injured.
If your injuries are serious enough, you may have a loss of one or more of your ADLs long-term which can be devastating to your quality of life. The inability to perform the activities that you either have to do or LOVE to do creates significant emotional and mental stress that needs to be accounted for in any legal case.
Neck & Back Injury Compensation
The amount of damages you may be awarded is determined by the court and based upon the specific facts of your case. Each case is unique, and your back or neck injury settlement could be $10,000 or over $100,000 depending on several factors. Generally, you can seek damages to recover:
- Lost wages or reduced earning capacity
- Property damages, vehicle repairs or replacement, etc.
- Medical expenses, assisted living expenses, medications, etc.
- Anticipated future medical care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If the person or entity is particularly negligent, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Only some states permit punitive damages in neck and back injury lawsuits. These types of damages work to punish the negligent party for their behavior, and also may deter others from similar negligence.
Discuss Your Spine & Neck Injury Claim With Our Lawyers
At Ramos Law, our clients are our first priority and we are proud of our reputation for honesty, hard work, integrity, and fairness. We are specialists in understanding the nuances of personal injury law and how it applies to your particular case. We truly believe there is no one better to represent you in your neck and spine injury claim, help you protect your rights as a victim, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you or your loved one have suffered a back and/or neck injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys as soon as possible for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.