Nobody deliberately chooses to have an accident but sometimes they can happen when we least expect them. All it takes is a moment’s inattention by another vehicle driver, being hit by a bus or a truck driven by somebody who is exhausted or slipping over on an uneven surface in a supermarket. There are literally dozens of ways in which even the most careful person can suffer from injuries which are not their fault.
Head, neck and back injuries can be the worst
Of the injuries which somebody can sustain in an accident, probably the worst are head injuries and those involving the neck and back. Neck and back injuries almost always involve damage to the muscles, the vertebrae in the spinal column or the spinal cord itself. While muscle pain and dislocation to the bones in the backbone can be extremely painful, any damage to the spinal cord can be devastating.
When injuries to the neck and back have been caused by somebody else’s negligence or carelessness, then you have the legal right to claim for compensation for the injuries you have received. Contacting a neck and back injury attorney is the best way to go about claiming some recompense for any injuries you have received.
Most neck and back injuries are caused when
- your vehicle is hit by another vehicle, especially a rear-end collision
- you hit another vehicle or an obstruction in the road
- you slip or fall over because of something unexpected in the way, loose wiring for instance, or a slippery or uneven surface.
Whiplash is a common type of neck injury that involves the vertebrae in the neck and the surrounding muscles. It is a little difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other injuries, but the results can be very painful for the victim and in some cases take months or even years to completely recover. Whiplash is a common consequence of a rear-end collision when somebody is driving far too close behind and collides with your vehicle. Your neck is jerked forwards instantaneously and then backwards, causing the injury.
Severe back injuries can happen when you fall over unexpectedly or because you have been lifting something at work that is too heavy or you have been handling it the wrong way. Insufficient maintenance to sidewalks and floor covering and surfaces can be the cause of the accident.
Recovery from a neck and back injury can be expensive
Although a compensation payment will never restore the quality of life that a person had before their accident, it will go a long way to making life more comfortable and satisfying. Neck and back injuries might involve long term rehabilitation and care which involve ongoing costs to the victim and the emotional cost to the immediate family.
If you have been the victim of a neck or back injury as a result of any type of accident and it was not your fault, then it is your legal right to claim compensation for the suffering you are enduring now and often for the rest of your life. You should contact an accident attorney who has the experience and dedication to help you win a claim for compensation for your injury which matches what you need, to maximize your quality of life.