Tampa Back Injury Lawyer
One of the most common injuries that can occur when an individual is involved in a car accident is a back injury. There are several different ways that a back or spinal cord can be injured in a car wreck and typically these types of accidents require significant medical treatment and take an extended period of time to recover from. At times, the effects of these injuries can be permanent causing a person to be unable to work or care for their family in the same manner as before the accident.
If you live in the Tampa area of Florida and have suffered a back injury due to a car accident or some other type of accident such as slip and fall or electric bike accident, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer near you. They will be able to help assess your case and make sure you receive the medical treatment you need. The costs of medical treatment can add up quickly and a back injury lawyer will be able to help you pursue the compensation needed to cover these and other expenses.
Why Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is the Right Choice as Your Florida Back Injury Lawyers?
We Are a Law Firm With a Reputation for Excellence
That excellence has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a “Best Law Firm” rating, an A+ Rating with the BBB, and an “AV” Rating, the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a national law firm rating system.
We’ve Been Around for Over 30 Years and Have Helped Over 20k Clients
When you hire Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to handle your Tampa back injury claim you can be confident that we’re not some fly-by-night operation. As car accident and injury lawyers, we’re deeply committed to the Tampa community.
You Don’t Pay Us Unless We Win
It costs you nothing to hire our Tampa back injury lawyers. We only take a fee if we successfully recover money for you. Our injury lawyers also offer free consultations. If you think you might have a claim, contact our office for a free consultation.
We’re Frequently Referred Cases by Other Attorneys and by Former Clients
We consider it a great compliment that our colleagues in the legal profession, and our former clients, think highly enough of our Firm to refer us to their friends and family.
We’ve Earned thousands of positive Client Reviews
Perhaps the best indicator of the quality of our services as local injury lawyers is the kind words that our past clients have felt compelled to share. We encourage you to browse our reviews on Google, and to check out more written testimonials here.
We Are Not Afraid to Take Your Case to Trial
Many back injury law firms in Tampa want to settle your case as quickly as possible. While promptness is certainly a goal of ours, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if that’s what is in your best interest.
We’ll Fight the Insurance Company to Give You the Best Chance at Fair Compensation
Insurance coverage in cases involving back injuries can be incredibly complex. It’s not uncommon for clients to be unaware of their insurance coverage especially related to covering medical expenses. Likewise, it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to not fully explain the different types of coverage available to injured victims. Our experience has been that we commonly obtain significantly more compensation for our clients than was initially offered by the insurance company.
Back Injury Accident Settlement Examples From Abrahamson & Uiterwyk
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Here are just some of our recent accident settlement payouts involving back injuries we have achieved for our Florida clients:
Motorcycle Accident / Back and Fractured Pelvis
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL
DETAILS: 63-year-old male sustained a fractured pelvis, a right knee injury and a back injury when the defendant turned directly in front of the client while the client was on a motorcycle. The client’s fractured pelvis required two surgeries. We obtained the limits of all available insurance in the case.
Motor Vehicle Accident / Right Arm, Neck, and Back Injuries
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL
DETAILS: 44-year-old male was injured when the defendant sideswiped the vehicle that the client was operating. As a result of the collision the client sustained a severely fractured right arm, cervical disc herniations, and back pain. Due the severity of the fracture to the client’s right arm, the plaintiff underwent two surgeries including bone grafts to repair his arm. The amount above represents the remaining limits of available insurance in this case.
And see more of our back injury settlements to learn more about what Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can do for you.
Common Back Injuries After a Car Accident
Suffering back pain after a car accident is a common experience for many car accident victims. In some cases, the discomfort is relatively minor, and symptoms will subside on their own after a matter of days. In other cases, back pain is a sign of a serious injury with long-term consequences. Some common back injuries that can occur after a car accident include:
The vertebrae of the back are separated by a series of discs that provide cushioning and allow for flexibility. In the event of trauma to the back, damage can be done to these tissues and a disc can be dislodged out of place. In some cases, the outer edge of a disc may also rupture.
Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary considerably depending on the location of the injury, but common symptoms include muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, and arm or leg pain.
Car accidents can also be responsible for fractures of the vertebrae of the back. Compression fractures consist of multiple cracks in the vertebrae and are more common in older adults.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, spinal fractures are typically classified based on the location of the injury. Fractures of the upper spine are considered thoracic fractures, while fractures of the lower spine are classified as lumbar fractures.
The most common symptom for a spinal compression fracture is pain. The pain can subside at times or could get worse over time but where a fracture is concerned it is unlikely to get better on its own. Other symptoms include difficulty bending over or twisting, a stoop or curvature of the back, and even gradual height loss.
Spinal Cord Injury
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves which is encased by your spine and controls the movements of almost every part of your body. Damage to the spinal cord can disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Depending on the location and extent of a spinal cord injury, symptoms may vary from partial loss of movement or sensation to total paralysis.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury would include being unable to move or even feel your toes, feet, and legs, or hands and arms, depending on the injury site. A person suffering from a spinal cord injury could have experience muscle weakness, the inability to control their bladder and bowel function, and breathing problems.
Lumbar and Thoracic Spine Fractures
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, fractures of the lumbar and thoracic spine are the most common types of spinal fractures. The main symptom of these injuries is moderate to severe pain.
When spinal fractures are caused by intense trauma in an event such as car accident, other injuries such as spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury are often sustained as well.
Although a sprain may not seem as serious as a fracture or spinal cord injury, the recovery from these types of injuries can be extensive. Back sprains involve damage such as tears and over-extension of the back muscles and tendons.
The symptoms of a back sprain include stiffness or difficulty moving, and muscle cramping and spasms.
Treatment Options for Back Injuries
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical help. Back injuries can cause chronic pain and mobility limitations. A serious back injury can make someone unable to work or perform the basic activities of daily living. Back injuries are frequently the result of someone’s negligence such as in a car accident or a slip and fall. If you suffer a back injury, it’s important that you seek the right treatment for your injury. Common treatment options for back injuries include:
Your doctor may suggest one of several different surgeries to help relieve pain caused by back injuries. Common types of back surgery include:
Diskectomy—a portion of the disc is removed to relieve pressure on the spine
Spinal Fusion—is the most common form of back surgery, it involves joining back vertebrae together to help limit how far nerves can stretch
Laminectomy—a small portion of bone is removed to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure
Foraminectomy—bone and other tissue are removed to expand the openings for nerve roots
Disc Replacement—a damaged spinal disc is removed and replaced with an artificial one
Exercise can be an important part of relieving back pain. Depending on the circumstances, it may be one of the first treatments a doctor recommends. Physical therapy exercises should be tailored to your specific injury and condition. Maintaining regular appointments and keeping up with exercises at home are keys to achieving the maximum benefit from physical therapy.
Pain Relief Injections and Medication
For lower back, hip, and leg pain caused by nerve pressure from a bulging disc, an epidural steroid injection may be used. These injections are non-invasive and usually provide temporary pain relief.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve the pain associated with back injuries. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, changing its force and position. This takes the pressure off of spinal discs and can result in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs.
Contact a Tampa Spinal Injury Lawyer
Experiencing back pain after a car accident may be a symptom of a serious injury with considerable consequences. If you sustained a back injury due to someone’s negligence, contact a Tampa spinal injury lawyer today at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call 866-984-9268 for a free case consultation today. Our back injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians and have been serving injured victims in Tampa and throughout the area since 1988. If you have been injured in Pinellas County, contact a Pinellas County car accident attorney.