Dallas Neck and Back Injuries Attorney
The neck and the back are areas of the body that are very sensitive to trauma and are critical to mobility and overall comfort. In car accidents, the neck and back often sustains massive amounts of force and pressure, which leave many victims with lasting injuries or chronic pain.
Whiplash is a common symptom of car accidents. As the car moves out of the driver’s control in the midst of a collision, the body moves with the vehicle until another force is exerted on both the body and the car. Whiplash occurs when areas of the body sensitive to quick, jerking movements experience the end to this momentum by colliding with any number of objects, including another vehicle, a steering wheel, windshield, seat belt, or airbag.
Nobody can be prepared for the force accompanying the extremely quick stops and starts associated with car wrecks. Even in relatively minor accidents, whiplash is very common, affecting more than 200,000 people per year. This is simply because of the speed and jarring effect of accidents on the neck and back and spine.
Whiplash can be mild or severe. Most commonly, victims of car accidents will experience sensitivity, tenderness, stiffness, or pain in the back or neck, but many also suffer from nerve damage, headaches, sleep disorders, dizziness, and muscle problems.
Whiplash can also cause a number of other symptoms and be the root of many other injuries sustained in a car wreck, because of the intense damage whiplash can inflict on the spine. Rest, medication, physical therapy, and surgeries can treat whiplash and other injuries sustained in car wrecks.
However, these treatments can be costly and time consuming. Pain management and rehabilitation can require substantial time off from work. Additionally, victims of car accidents who sustain lasting injuries or chronic pain may have to be retrained for their job, or even seek different employment. Hospital bills, property damage, and emotional pain are all major aspects of car accidents that victims have to deal with.
If your car accident was caused by another driver’s negligence in Dallas, you deserve compensation for the pain and loss associated with your neck and back injuries. Call our offices at (214) 777-7777 today so we can begin to evaluate your claim.
Types and Causes of Neck and Back Pain from Car Accidents
If you experience neck and back pain that could be caused by a recent car accident, it is extremely important that you seek the medical attention of a doctor as soon as possible. Neck and back pain can become unbearable if left untreated. Hospital visits and doctor’s checkups also create a medical record that is useful in court to prove the extent of your injuries.
Some of the most common injuries in car wrecks to the neck and back include discogenic and facet joint injuries. Facet joint pain occurs when the spine is misaligned, which can create muscle spasms in the neck and back from the joint as it freezes in place. Discogenic, or disc, pain, occurs when one or more spinal discs are damaged from the blunt force of an impact. In everyday life, spinal discs are more flexible cartilage that act as a buffer between parts of the spine. But in car accidents, the lower spine can suffer serious damage, causing any of the following:
- Disc herniation. Herniation occurs when the cartilage material from a ruptured disc creates pain in the neck or back from contact with spinal nerves;
- Spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, a ruptured disc penetrates into the bone channel of the spinal canal, which is made up of a host of nerves that can cause intense pain in the neck or back when pressured by ejected disc or bone material;
- Degenerative spinal disorder. This disorder includes many other disorders that are typically caused by aging, and which create pain in the neck and back. However, degenerative spine diseases can be exacerbated and accelerated by the acute trauma of a car accident;
- Lumbar sprains. Lumbar sprains are some of the most common injuries to the neck and back following a car accident. They result from the same kind of intense pressure to the back that can be cause by heavy lifting or excessive force in athletic activities.
Treatment includes a wide range of options that begins with simple hot or cold packs, a change in activity or daily exercises, and over-the-counter medications.
Physical therapy, chiropractic care, regular corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery are further options to treat severe neck and back pain following a car accident.
Some of these options are invasive or time-intensive, and many of them are costly. No one who has been involved in a car accident, and who was not fully responsible for the accident, should have to pay in full for these treatments for neck and back pain and injuries.
If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s reckless or negligent driving, you should pursue legal action as soon as possible to ensure that you will be compensated for the losses you have suffered.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Neck and Back Injuries?
Neck and back injuries require medical attention. Though for some victims of car accidents, the cause of neck or back pain can be identified by an MRI or other scanning technology, other trauma-induced nerve and muscle diseases must be inferred from the patient’s level of pain and the doctor’s understanding of the body.
No one would think of having an unskilled doctor attempt to diagnose or treat neck or back pain, knowing that this could result in more physical damage. Even fewer people would decide to operate on themselves or would feel confident in treating their serious neck or back injuries without a doctor’s education and experience.
The same can be said for retaining a lawyer in car accident cases. Without knowledge of the intricacies of personal injury law, choosing to litigate your own case, especially while in pain from the aftermath of your accident, creates the risk of losing even more money and time. In addition, it decreases your prospects for a quick and full recovery.
At best, people who represent themselves in car accident cases obtain some compensation, but few ever come close to securing the minimum amount that an attorney is likely to secure for their clients.
An experienced attorney will be able to recreate the events of the accident by applying investigating resources and extracting information from local law enforcement, witnesses, and details from you that you may not have known were important.
They will also be able to guide you through the legal process smoothly, making sure all deadlines are met and that documentation has been recorded to ensure your case is as strong as possible.
When you are up against insurance companies and drivers who are denying responsibility for your injuries sustained in the accident, you need to make sure you do not stand alone. Securing an attorney will allow you to remain proactive even as you heal from your injuries.
Why Should I Choose The Benton Law Firm?
The Benton Law Firm has secured millions of dollars for clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownsville, El Paso, and Tyler, Texas. The Benton Law Firm has consistently received accolades from legal organizations across Dallas for their ability to win personal injury cases for their clients. This is because of the expertise, determination, and attention The Benton Law Firm brings to each case.
In 2013, Jeff Benton was recognized by John Howie and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association for his courageous pursuit of justice in the face of adversity. In 2018, he was named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine.
These endorsements highlight the values held by the whole firm, which brings an informed, strong, and compassionate approach to each of its cases to secure justice for victims of any personal injury case.
Our attorneys work with our clients to ensure that they can make educated decisions for themselves about their legal action, while we handle the details of the case, so our clients can heal.
We embrace opportunities to give back to the Dallas community, making sure that negligent parties who believe they can refuse or cheat a victim of compensation by drawing from deep pockets and hefty resource pools, are held responsible for their actions.
The Benton Law Firm approaches each case with empathy and compassion, dedicated to giving our clients an opportunity to regain control of their lives in the aftermath of a horrible accident, injury, or death.
Contact The Benton Law Firm
Call our attorneys at (214) 777-7777 today to schedule a free consultation. We offer services on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing until we secure you the maximum compensation you deserve.
There is no better time to call The Benton Law Firm to have our legal team evaluate your claim. If you or a loved one is dealing with neck or back pain from a car accident, you may be entitled to legal damages to pay for your treatment and losses.