Houston Neck and Back Injury Lawyers
Strong advocacy for victims of fractures and soft tissue injuries in Texas
After an accident, many neck and back injury victims live with chronic pain. Medical care for these injuries may require surgery, and many neck and back injury victims spend months, years, or the rest of their lives with physical, occupational, and rehabilitative therapists. Many patients have bad days, some good days, and then more bad days. The continual pain and frustration of searching for cures for their symptoms can often cause anxiety and depression, in addition to significant pain, difficulty working, and the inability to perform common activities which were part of the daily routine before the injury.
At Kishinevsky Law Firm, our Houston neck and back injury lawyers represent traffic accident victims, construction accident victims, and other types of accident victims who suffer a neck or back injury. These injuries often occur when someone falls, when something strikes them, or for many other reasons. We are skilled at showing how your injuries occurred and who should be held responsible. Our attorneys also work with your doctors and therapists to understand how your injuries are affecting every part of your life.
Your questions, answered
- How common are neck and back injuries?
- What types of Houston accidents cause neck and back injuries?
- What are the different types of Houston neck and back injuries?
- What are the treatments for neck and back injuries in Houston?
- What is the value of my neck/back injury claim?
- Do you have a neck/back injury lawyer near me?
How common are neck and back injuries?
Many people in Houston suffer neck and back injuries in motor vehicle accidents. The data on neck injuries due car accidents alone shows how common they are. According to a study in Transportation Safety and Environment, on a yearly basis, there are more than 800,000 reported cases of neck injuries due to traffic accidents.
The treatment cost for these injuries is estimated to be $5.2 billion annually in the United States. Neck injuries range from mild to life-threatening. Many neck and back injuries also become chronic, which means the pain continues for years and years after the initial treatment period is complete, sometimes for the rest of the injury victim’s life.
What types of Houston accidents cause neck and back injuries?
Our Houston personal injury lawyers handle the following types of accidents that often cause neck and/or back pain:
What are the different types of Houston neck and back injuries?
After any type of accident, you should be examined by an emergency room doctor or your local physician as soon as possible for a correct diagnosis.
Types of neck injuries
The neck, which consists of seven bones that form the upper portion of your spinal cord along with muscles, ligaments, discs, and other soft tissues, is very fragile. Often, the neck pain symptoms don’t appear for hours or days after impact.
According to Transportation Safety and Environment, some of the common types of neck injuries include:
- Whiplash injuries (soft-tissue injuries). Most rear-end collision accidents cause whiplash. Whiplash injuries cause the neck muscles to suddenly hyperextend and hyperflex.
- Sprains and strains. The neck muscles can sprain or strain causing headaches, forgetfulness, dizziness, and other trauma. Moving and rotating the neck can be quite painful.
- Cervical fractures. In cases of severe impact, one or more of the cervical bones can fracture, causing significant pain, neck instability, and the possibility for additional serious injuries if the fracture is not quickly and properly treated.
- Disc and nerve damage. The neck, like the other portions of the spinal cord, consists of alternating segments of bone and disc. The discs are soft and malleable, and their function is to provide cushioning and allow flexibility. If our neck were made of only continuous bone segments without the discs in between, our neck would be completely rigid, and we would not be able to bend it. The discs in our neck and the other parts of our spinal column are relatively fragile, and can often be damaged by ordinary wear and tear, or a traumatic event such as an accident or something else causing a significant impact to the disc. When damaged, our discs will begin to jut out. Sometimes, if the disc is severely damaged, part of the outer disc cover may come off, and the disc may start leaking fluid. The discs in our neck and throughout our spine are located extremely close to the main nerves from our central nervous system, which run from our brain down our entire body by the spinal cord and act as the primary means of transporting messages between our body and our brain. If a disc in our neck or another part of our spine is damaged, it can exert pressure on the nerves from the central nervous system nearby. This pressure on the nerves is often experienced as pain, tingling, numbness, or in some severe cases even partial or complete paralysis.
- Cervical spinal cord damage. In severe cases, broken cervical bones or severely damaged discs can cause significant structural damage to the nerves of the central nervous system, interfering with the body’s ability to send signals to and from the brain. These severe cases often manifest as extreme pain, partial or complete paralysis, loss of control of bodily movements and functions, and other significant symptoms caused by injuries which significantly interfere with normal functioning of the spine and the central nervous system.
Types of back injuries
Houston back injury victims may develop many different types of back injuries. Some may heal with time. Other back injuries become chronic. Many victims with back injuries have difficulty walking, sleeping, working, and just about any type of physical activity. At Kishinevsky Law Firm, we handle all types of back injuries, including the following:
- Strains. This back injury involves overstretching the muscles or tendons around the spine. Victims may develop muscle spasms.
- Sprains. This back injury is caused by a ligament that tears or is stretched excessively. In addition to pain, the accident victim may experience bruising and swelling.
- Spondylolisthesis. Here, per the Spine Institute, the “vertebra slips out of line of the spine’s natural curve.” A fall or blunt trauma can cause this type of back injury.
- Herniated discs. Your vertebrae have discs that contain jelly-like substances. An accident can cause the disc to “bulge out and compress the surrounding nerves and cause pain, numbness, and tingling.”
- Compression fractures. These are small cracks in the vertebrae that can be caused by accidents.
Accidents can cause spinal cord injuries (any damage to the ligaments, vertebrae, or disc). These injuries can permanently affect your mobility, strength, and feeling. Other accidents can cause soft tissue injuries – damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back.
What are the treatments for neck and back injuries in Houston?
Doctors normally use X-rays, CT scans, and/or MRIs to help diagnose a neck or back injury. However, they’re not perfect, and some back injuries can be subjective. Treatments for back and neck injuries vary depending on the type of injury and the severity. Possible treatments according to the Mayo Clinic include:
- Medications. Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs may help when taken as directed). Your doctor may prescribe prescription NSAIDs or muscle relaxers.
- Therapy. Many patients benefit from physical therapy that helps strengthen and align the neck or back and adjust the posture.
- Injections. Steroid injections may help relieve pain by injecting medications “near the nerve roots, into the spinal joints, or into the muscles in the neck.”
In some cases, such as if you have spinal cord compression, surgery may be required.
What is the value of my neck / back injury claim?
There are many factors that determine the value of your claim once liability is established. Our Houston neck and back injury attorneys work to maximize your claim.
We demand compensation for all your damages, including injuries that may reasonably be expected to continue after the case is finished. After an accident caused by another’s negligence, personal injury victims in Houston can claim compensation for all their current and future:
- Medical expenses, including care which is reasonably likely to be needed in the future.
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Past and future Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Past and future Loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasure
We discuss your injuries with your doctors, who will normally prepare reports to explain your health condition. Many doctors testify through the use of depositions.
With some exceptions, neck and back injury victims in Texas have two years from the date of the accident to file their claims. Don’t wait. Contact us today.
Do you have a neck/back injury lawyer near me?
Our Houston driver fatigue lawyers meet clients at 13831 Northwest Fwy, Suite 312 in Houston. There’s plenty of parking. You can also reach Kishinevsky Law Firm by bus. If you’re not mobile, we will meet you at a healthcare facility, at your home, by telephone, or by Zoom. We’re here for you.
We’ll answer all your questions and guide you through each phase of the claims process. Many personal injury claims do settle, but we’re always ready to try your case before a jury if necessary.
Speak with our respected back and neck injury attorneys now
At Kishinevsky Law Firm, we understand the unique challenges involved with neck and back injury claims. Insurance companies and defense lawyers will try to deny your claim. That’s why we work with your doctors, your family, and you to detail all of your aches, pain, and suffering. To schedule a free consultation, call our Houston offices or complete our contact form today. We handle neck and back injury claims on a contingency fee basis.