Florida Back Injuries
The back is one of the most commonly injured areas of the human body, given that it can be damaged in so many different ways. If you have sustained a back injury, it can seriously affect your quality of life, and it can arguably feel worse when someone else’s negligence caused your injury. Seeking out an attorney who understands these types of cases is always a good idea, so that you do not have to go through such a difficult process on your own.
Several Causes & Conditions
Back injuries can occur in almost any situation, particularly to the spinal cord or vertebrae surrounding it. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that almost 40 percent of all spinal injuries in 2018 resulted from vehicle crashes, with falls being another common cause, especially in very young children and the elderly. Acts of violence were another often-reported cause, particularly in cases involving firearms, simply because of the amount of damage that a bullet can do. The nerve connections to the spine are extremely fragile, and it is very easy to injure them with this type of trauma.
While spinal injuries are the most common back injuries, it is also very typical to see injury to the muscles, particularly in the lower back, as well as idiopathic, nerve-related injuries that can severely limit your range of motion and quality of life. While these are often not as traumatic as spinal injuries, they still count, so to speak, and you have the right to seek compensation if your quality of life has been significantly diminished – just make sure you understand your rights before proceeding, as even a small mistake can jeopardize your chances of receiving compensation.
It can be quite difficult to establish the existence of soft tissue injuries like a herniated disc or whiplash, because they are sometimes not visible on tests like MRIs or X-rays. If you have cracked vertebrae or spinal damage, it can be a bit easier, but filing suit in Florida is an uphill battle either way, which is why an experienced attorney can be such a great help. Be advised that if your back injury occurred in an auto accident, you may be barred from bringing suit unless your injuries are severe enough under Florida law.
Generally, if your back injury has occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you must be able to show that their negligence breached the duty they have to exercise reasonable care toward others. You must also show that if the person had not acted in the way they did, your injury would not have occurred – this is called establishing causation. It is not uncommon for a defendant to try and allege that soft tissue injuries happened before the accident and their client should not be held liable – so it is critical to be on the lookout for this type of argument.
Call A Tampa Back Injury Attorney
Back injuries can be life-changing, and if you sustain a spinal or general back injury, you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side to help guide you through the process of seeking compensation. The Tampa spinal injury lawyers at the Rinaldo Law Group are happy to try and help you with that process. Contact our offices today for a free consultation; we are ready to put our experience to work for you.