Car Accident Back Injury Attorneys
Experienced North Carolina lawyers who get results
Some people involved in car accidents suffer back injuries. Any back injury can be severe as it causes back pain and limits mobility. In some cases, people are left unable to walk. Negligent drivers who cause accidents need to be held accountable. You need an experienced car accident attorney to fight for you.
The back injury lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates know that recovering the financial compensation you deserve after a car accident can be complicated. Insurance companies have extensive resources and high-powered attorneys they use to try to limit your compensation. We level the playing field to help you fight back.
Types of back injuries
Many types of back injuries can happen in a car accident. For example:
- Chronic back pain, mainly due to a lower back injury.
- Delayed back pain, which might take several days or weeks to develop.
- Upper back pain, often due to whiplash or other serious injuries.
- Ligaments can be torn or stretched, resulting in a back sprain.
- Tendons or muscles can be torn or stretched, resulting in back strain.
- There can be fractured vertebrae (the bones in the spinal column).
- Victims may suffer a herniated disk (one of the rubbery cushions between vertebrae) when it slips out of place.
- The spinal cord can be partially severed (incomplete spinal cord injury).
- The spinal cord can be completely severed (complete spinal cord injury).
A person with a back or spinal cord injury may require extensive medical treatment. Depending on the situation, this could involve surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, home health care, special medical equipment, and multiple follow-up appointments with medical specialists. Recovery could take months or years. Some people are left with permanent disabilities.
Common back injury symptoms
If you sustained a serious back injury in a car crash, some key warning signs include:
- Severe back pain, especially lower back pain.
- Shooting back pain or stabbing sensation in the back.
- Difficulty walking or standing up.
- Pain that radiates down into the legs or other parts of the body.
- Back pain doesn’t get better and lasts for days or weeks.
Don’t take chances with your health. Back pain and other symptoms can be a warning sign of a severe back injury. If not diagnosed or treated promptly, many back injuries can worsen and could result in permanent disability.
Make sure you take such warning signs seriously right from the start. See a doctor right away and tell them what’s wrong. They can run the necessary medical tests and diagnose your back injury. That way, you’ll give yourself the best opportunity to recover from your painful back injury fully.
How much is my back injury claim worth?
Medical expenses for treating a back injury can add up very quickly and become overwhelming. This is especially true if you need back surgery or long-term medical care due to chronic back pain that lasts weeks, months, or even longer.
If a negligent driver caused your accident, you shouldn’t have to pay. This is because North Carolina has an at-fault car insurance system. That means the at-fault party (the driver who caused your crash) and their insurance company must pay for all your injury-related expenses.
But when trying to get the compensation you deserve, you will face many obstacles and challenges. The other driver may have been speeding, driving aggressively, texting, falling asleep, or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong and don’t accept responsibility for what happened. That leaves you in a position of having to prove negligence.
Get the results you need and deserve
Then there is the driver’s insurance company. They want to pay you as little as possible. There are several tactics they use to try to pay you less. They’ll try to argue your back injuries aren’t that serious and will try to get you to undergo an independent medical exam. They may argue you were having back problems before the accident and may try to seek access to your medical records.
Another common tactic is to offer you a “lowball” settlement. As your medical expenses increase and you worry about paying a bill, it can be tempting to accept their offer. But their offer will often fall far short of covering the damages you have suffered. They are just trying to save money.
We think you deserve better. Our Raleigh personal injury attorneys build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. Our legal team investigates your accident to get the facts. We gather evidence, including any video from traffic cameras. We carefully review all documentation – including accident reports and medical records. We identify and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
We fight for compensation when you’ve been hurt due to negligence
Our back injury attorneys can determine your total damages (financial compensation). This includes all expenses for treating your back injury – now and in the future. It includes lost wages if you can’t work. Other damages may include pain and suffering.
We are committed to helping you recover the maximum compensation possible – either through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict. Our firm has a long record of getting results for our clients. It’s just one reason the insurance companies hate us.
If you suffered a back injury in a North Carolina car accident, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina back injury lawyer you can trust to fight for the money you deserve. Our offices are in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Dunn, Southern Pines, and Clinton.