In addition to spinal cord injuries which are very severe and impactful for individuals, back injuries can also include upper back injuries, lower back injuries, herniated disks, and strains and sprains. Twenty-five percent of the population experiences back pain at some point in their life, and for many, the pain is chronic and debilitating.
Back injuries are usually the result of an accident, such as a car accident, slip and fall, and quite often, workplace accidents.
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Pain and limited or total loss of mobility are a common consequence of a back injury. The Individual may be unable to work and provide for their family or do the things they love to do. Their financial future may be put at stake, and for those whose back injury was the result of a workplace accident, the compensation process can be complicated. Their claim may be delayed, denied, or rejected, putting further stress and hardship on the individual.
If your Spinal Cord/Back Injury is the result of an accident or incident in which the other party is responsible, you may have the option of opening a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your pain, suffering, and damages including lost wages.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation under the law. These benefits and compensations can cover the cost of medical treatments, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses you experience due to your injury.
Pinched nerves can be a serious injury and are a very common result of auto and other accidents. A pinched nerve occurs when bone or surrounding tissue presses against a nerve, interfering with the nerve’s capacity for sending messages back and forth from the brain. Symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on the extent of the injury and location of the nerve itself.
Bursitis and joint pain occur as a result of inflammation of the Bursae, fluid-filled sacs that function as a lubricating cushion between bones, tendons, joints, and muscles. There are over 150 bursae in the human body, and once inflamed, the pain for the individual can be quite severe and debilitating. The pain may occur anywhere there are joints in the body, including the shoulders, ankles, hips, knees, and thighs.
When the neck moves back and forth rapidly, this can cause an injury to the neck known as whiplash. Whiplash can be a severe injury, due to damage incurred to the bones, disks, and soft tissues in the neck. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that result from a car accident, usually a rear-end collision where the victim’s head is suddenly propelled forward, but their body is restrained by the seat belt.
Injuries caused by damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and nerves are called soft tissue injuries. Strains, sprains, or contusions are usually the cause. Soft tissue injuries can occur in the event of a car accident, slip and fall, or may develop gradually over time due to work-related repetitive use. Some common types of soft tissue injuries include whiplash, contusions, bursitis, and myofascial pain (myalgia).
Sciatica is one of the most common conditions that can present itself after an accident. It can manifest after a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident. Sciatica is very debilitating, and this painful condition isn’t always responsive to medical treatment. Sciatica results from trauma to the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), which runs from the lower back to below the knee. Sharp pain in the lower back and down one leg is a symptom of sciatica, along with numbness, pins and needles in the feet, and tingling.
PTSD often occurs after a painful, sudden incident, such as a car accident or other unexpected, traumatic event. A severe injury and the life-changing effects that come later can lead to the negative mindset characterized by PTSD. It is important for people with PTSD to seek medical help immediately. Individuals experiencing PTSD may have recurring memories, reliving the incident over and over in their minds and feeling the same panic and fear, even though the incident, and possibly the physical effects, have passed.
Fibromyalgia is a condition best characterized as widespread or universal pain. A personal injury can result in fibromyalgia, due to the actual physical injury or the anxiety of dealing with its effects. The actual cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be determined by the medical world, but symptoms can include morning stiffness, severe fatigue, headaches, sleep disruption, memory/concentration problems, numbness and tingling, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and more.
Depression is a common condition that negatively affects how you think, feel, and interact. After an accident, the pain and anxiety of dealing with injuries and financial strain may cause the injured individual to become depressed. The toll of trying to provide for a family and recover at the same time may be insurmountable for the person. After an accident, depression may present itself alongside other conditions like anxiety and PTSD. Depression can last for years and make life almost unbearable for the victim.
You’ve been injured on the job, putting your livelihood on the line. You may be unable to go back to your job, putting real stress on you and your family. Workplace injuries are especially common in industries like manufacturing and construction, but other workplaces can result in injuries too.
It is important to have a lawyer who understands the process and the possible pitfalls you may encounter regarding your Workers’ Compensation claim. The laws regarding compensation can be complicated, but at O’Dea Earle our team has decades of experience dealing with every facet of the law that pertains to your claim. We’ll answer all your questions, keep you informed and, most importantly, use every resource within the law to fight for the compensation you deserve now and in the years ahead. We’ve fought for countless injured workers like you, so we know the stress and strain you’re going through right now.
If you’ve been injured at your workplace and are ready to make a Workers’ Compensation Claim, make sure you start the process with a fighter by your side.
Having a strong, experienced personal injury lawyer by your side is your best bet for reaching a personal injury claim decision that works in your favour – now and into the future. We step in and handle all the paperwork, negotiations, and procedures – while you focus on your recovery. We know the pain and stress you’re dealing with right now and we’ll make sure the other party knows too. And we won’t back down until you get the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you undoubtedly have many questions. You may be wondering if you have a personal injury claim and, if so, what that claim is worth. It’s important to remember that even if you think your injury is of a minor nature, it may not be. If you’ve been in a car accident and were injured, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation under the law. These benefits and compensations can cover the cost of medical treatments, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses you experience due to your injury.
One possible, and serious, long-term effect of an injury is inability to return to work full-time, putting the injured person under increased stress about their future and the future of their family. If you are unable to work full-time in the future, as a consequence of your injury, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits through your employer, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), or your own insurance company.
In any situation involving an injury due to negligence or carelessness on the part of another, it’s crucial to retain the services of an informed, aggressive personal injury lawyer who’ll fight for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. This is especially important when dealing with insurance adjusters. The insurance adjusters will try to settle your claim promptly and cheaply – but that may not be what’s best to cover your medical bills and expenses into the future.
You are not obligated to provide the adjuster with any information. Any claim you settle with the adjuster is final, so you will have no further recourse options against the party who caused your injury, even if new medical issues arise from your injury at a later date.
Unfortunately, the road to a successful long-term disability claim can have its setbacks. Instead of a cut-and-dried process, it can become a battle that puts your future in question and adds more trauma to an already terrible situation.
Pitfalls that long-term disability claimants encounter can include:
As occurs often in disability claims, your medical documentation may be challenged, the extent of your injuries may be contested, or an insurer may claim you’re ready to return to your work – or similar work – when in fact you’re not ready at all. Having a skilled lawyer there in these situations is crucial. Even if you haven’t encountered barriers to your disability claim yet, it’s wise to retain strong legal representation.
We know the disability claim process and we know how to defend clients when the consequences of their injuries are called into question. We’re ready to defend your right to the long-term disability benefits you deserve, and we’ll be ready to challenge anyone who disputes your pain.
If you are injured and are ready to make a long-term disability claim, make sure you aren’t put in a situation that injures you more, and indefinitely.
Even though you should see a doctor and contact your insurance company immediately after the accident, the next step should be contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. Remember to:
At O’Dea Earle, we’ve fought for countless people who have been injured in accidents, meeting every issue, conflict, and dispute surrounding their case head on to pursue maximum compensation. When it’s your case, we’ll be fighting for your rights every step of the way. Right now, you’re dealing with stress, lost income, insurance companies, and an uncertain future. It’s time to focus on your recovery, while we fight for the compensation you deserve.