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Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and Spinal Injuries occur when there is a sudden force or penetration which causes traumatic injury to the back muscles, discs, spinal cord, and/or vertebrae. A back or spinal injury can have any number of causes, including car accidents and slip-and-falls. Back and spinal cord injuries can vary in severity and can have numerous different causes, regions, symptom lengths, and classifications. Many back injuries are caused solely by sudden force, which compresses the spine resulting in ruptured discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, and/or other types of traumatic injury to the back or spine. There are also cases where the back or spinal cord injury is caused by actual penetration. Pain and symptoms of back injuries can sometimes subside in as little as a couple weeks, but when the pain and symptoms last longer and become chronic, it can be an indication of a substantial injury to the back or spine. These substantial injuries can have a significant lasting impact and can sometimes result in permanent disability or even death.
Prevalence of Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), roughly 30% of adults in the United States stated that they suffered from back pain in the 3 months prior to being surveyed.1 It is believed that 80% or more of American will suffer from back or spinal cord related problems in their lifetime.2 Women tend to be more likely to suffer from back and spinal problems with a third reporting to have suffered from recent back or spinal related pain.3 Compare this to their male counterparts, a quarter of which reported to have recent back or spinal problems.4 Annually, it is estimated that Americans spend over $50 billion dollars on treating their back and/or spinal problems.5
Causes of Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
It was commonly believed that body mechanics training was effective in reducing the occurrence of back and spinal cord injuries. According to the CDC, however, the past 35 years of research indicate that training alone is not effective.6 An individual can be perfectly healthy, carry out a frequent training regimen, and still suffer from a substantial back or spinal injury after an accident, slip-and-fall, or other traumatic event. A back injury may have numerous different classifications and severities but is often characterized by pain, numbness, tingling, or even paralysis. Furthermore, the resulting symptoms are not always limited to the back, but can sometimes spread to the limbs and extremities. Common causes of a back injury can include car accidents, slip-and-falls (often due to unsafe premises), construction accidents, defective products, or any other sudden force or penetration of the back or spine.
Consequences of Suffering a Back or Spinal Cord Injury
Chronic back pain is defined as back or spinal related pain lasting more than three months. More than one in three American adults report that back and spinal related pains affect their daily activities, including sleep.7 Half of all those suffering from back or spinal related pain reported that their back pain negatively affected their sleep quality.8 Back injuries can have consequences that last a lifetime, having both economic costs (such as past and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential) and non-economic costs (such as pain and suffering). The most serious cases of back and spinal cord injuries can even result in disability or death.
Recurrence of Back Pain and Spinal Problems
Even where back pain related issues do go away, patients have a 60-80% likelihood of experience the same related back and spinal problems within only two years of first reporting the back problem. Unfortunately, in cases such as this, often times it may be too late to make a claim. Accordingly, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have suffered a back or spinal cord injury in order to see if you have a claim.
Back and Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Millions of Americans suffer from compensable injuries to their back or spinal cord. Where the back or spinal cord injury is caused by the intentional act or negligence of a third party, the injured party may have the right to be compensated for: past and future medical expenses, lost past wages and future earning, pain and suffering, and even property damage, where applicable.
Back and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered back and spinal cord injury, you should call a skilled attorney to see if you have a claim.
Back and Spinal Cord Injury Attorney In Sacramento
The Law Offices of John Steiner can provide you with skilled and professional legal representation in Sacramento and throughout California. If you or a loved one has suffered a back or spinal cord injury and believe that it may have been due to the intentional acts or negligence of another person or entity, call us today for your free, no obligation consultation. Our staff is ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and schedule you to meet with an attorney at one of our locations or we can come to you.
1 Stats on Back and Joint Pain in CDC’s Latest Health Report 2002-2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2009.
2 Sayre, C. (2011) America Asks About Back Pain; 2017.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) Health, United States, 2014.
4 See Footnote 3.
5 Hoy, D. et al (2014) The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study.
6 Preventing Back Injuries: Safe Patient Handling and Movement. American Nurses Association republished by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2006.