Back injuries can be difficult to diagnose and treat. They are different from other injuries in that the consequences are often serious and can lead to life-changing disabilities. If you’ve suffered because of someone else’s actions, our Vancouver back injury lawyers are here for you.
When a person breaks their leg, it’s likely they’ll be able to continue to lead a reasonably active life with the assistance of a cast or crutches until the leg has healed. In the event of a serious back injury, the outcome can result in being bedridden or permanently disabled. It’s rare for a back injury to not impact areas of your life, like not being able to work or even completing daily tasks. Even if you only experience minor back pain after an accident, you should be aware the injury could progress rapidly.
No matter what type of back injury you sustain, you will likely have to endure life changes, whether they be temporary or permanent, as well as financial damages from medical bills and time off work. When you work with our attorneys, we can see to it that your needs are met.
Types of Back Injuries
In order to understand the types of back injuries a person could sustain, it’s important to have some basic knowledge on the anatomy of the back and spine.
The back can be divided into three sections. The upper back includes the cervical vertebrae and supporting muscles and ligaments. The middle back includes the thoracic vertebrae, as well the muscles and ligaments in that area. The lower back, in addition to the ligaments and muscles, includes the lumbar vertebrae.
The spine is a long column of 33 bones. Ligaments and soft tissues hold the bones together, which gives us the range of motion we have in our back. Muscles extend from the spine. A back injury or spinal cord injury can occur when the vertebrae, ligaments, tissues, or muscles are injured following a traumatic event. Even a small amount of trauma can lead to damage.
The most common types of back injuries include the following:
- Inflammation. This type of injury, which is often found to be work-related, creates tender or sore spots along the spine where the muscles meet the ligaments. Stretched ligaments can be incredibly painful and take months to heal.
- Fractures. Most often the result of a motor vehicle crash or slip and fall accident, a broken back occurs when vertebrae are fractured or dislocated.
- Herniated Discs. Also known as a slipped, bulging, or ruptured disc, this type of back injury is very painful. It happens when the substance inside the vertebrae is forced out of its position or ruptures. A herniated disc can result in significant pain, numbness, weakness, and nerve pain or pressure.
- Stenosis. Also referred to as a pinched nerve, this occurs when the spinal cord narrows.
- Whiplash. This condition occurs when the vertebrae in the upper neck are forced into unnatural positions with forceful pushing and pulling. Symptoms can take days, weeks, or longer to develop.
Back Injury Treatments
When you seek medical treatment for a back injury, it’s likely you’ll undergo a series of tests to determine what the injury is. Your physician may order X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, or a number of other imaging and electrical studies. Once the back injury is diagnosed, treatment can be discussed and implemented.
Less severe back injuries can be treated with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicines. Steroids can also help, depending on the individual and the injury. More serious injuries may need to be treated with surgery, orthotic devices, and limited mobility. Regardless of the severity, back injuries can take an extremely long time to heal. Unfortunately, there are instances where the injury is so severe it results in permanent disability.
Evidence Used to Prove a Back Injury Claim in Canada
Many back injury claims hinge on the concept of negligence because those claims fall under personal injury law. Without the right legal team, claims like this can be difficult to prove because one party is essentially saying another did or didn’t do something that caused their injury.
In most cases, according to the Supreme Court of Canada, people are considered to have a duty to ensure their actions do not expose other individuals to unreasonable risk of harm. This is referred to as a duty of care. If someone fails in that duty, they could be held liable. If, for example, you sustain serious whiplash because you are in a car accident that was caused because someone ran a red light, you have legal rights that allow you to hold that driver responsible for their actions.
So, to prove negligence caused your back injury, you will need to work with an attorney to prove the responsible party owed you a duty of care, failed in that duty, and that failure led to your injury. With a thorough investigation of the accident scene, details leading up the event, and your medical records, we can prove your back injury never should have happened.
Seek Legal Representation With a Back Injury Lawyer in British Columbia
At Wishart Brain & Spine Law, we understand how devastating sustaining a serious injury can be. Our Vancouver back injury lawyers specialize in representing victims with injuries of this nature and will fight to maximize your settlement. We’re prepared to help you navigate your claim and deal with ICBC, so you can put your recovery first. For a free case review, contact us now.