Back and Neck Injuries

Los Angeles Back and Neck Injury Attorney

Two of the more common injuries sustained in car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents are back and neck injuries. Back and neck injuries can also be sustained while at work or in a sports-related accident. Severe back and neck injuries can result in chronic pain and permanent disability.

If you are unsure of what your legal options are, please talk to an experienced back and neck injury lawyer in San Diego at the Mitchell Law Corporation. We will gladly explain to you what your legal rights and options are. If we are able to take your case, we will guide you through the claims process to ensure a successful outcome. We will handle all negotiation talks with the insurance company and if a fair settlement cannot be reached, present your case before a judge and jury.

Types of Back and Neck Injuries

The back and neck (spine) is a complex system of 33 bones, muscle, and tissue. Because of the spine’s complexity, when an area of the back or neck is traumatized, damage to other areas may also occur. For example, a patient with whiplash may be diagnosed with one of more conditions, such as disc injury, muscle strain, and ligament sprain. Common back and neck injuries, include:

  • Strains or sprains
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Spondylolisthesis – forward displacement of a vertebra
  • Whiplash
  • Cervical radiculopathy – pain and neurological symptoms caused by an irritated nerve in the cervical spine.

Diagnosing Back and Neck Injuries

Your back or neck was hurt in an accident or on the job and now, you are at the doctor’s office. In addition to performing a complete physical exam, your physician may also perform one or more of the following to ensure you are properly diagnosed:

  • X-Ray – X-rays provide a health care professional with detailed images of bone structures and masses.
  • CT Scan – CT scans, which produce multiple images of the inside of the body, provide more detail than traditional X-rays.
  • MRI Scan – MRI scans are used to diagnose a variety of conditions, but are especially useful when examining the brain and spinal cord.

If you have not seen a medical professional after sustaining a back or neck injury in a preventable accident, do not wait to seek medical attention. Severe injury symptoms may take days to appear and may worsen without prompt medical care. If you are confused as to what steps you should take following your accident, call one of our ethical back and neck injury attorneys in Los Angeles at the Mitchell Law Corporation now. Together, we can make sure you are receiving the medical care you need to get on the path to recovery (if a full recovery is possible).

Aggressive Case Workup

At the Mitchell Law Corporation, our aggressive back and neck injury attorneys employ experts in the fields of medicine, investigation, and forensics to assist in the workup of a case. Collectively, we can help you prove your injuries were caused through no fault of your own and that you are entitled to significant compensation for medical bills, surgeries, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations restricts the amount of a time a victim has to file a claim. In most cases, the victim has two years from the date of injury to file a claim. If a claim is not filed within the statute of limitations, the victim will not be allowed to file a lawsuit and therefore, will not be allowed to pursue monetary compensation. To determine your eligibility to file a claim, contact us at (310) 442-9380 in Los Angeles or (619) 702-6518 in San Diego. We offer free case consultations and won’t charge you a dime until and unless we get you a fair settlement.