Back Injuries Lawyers in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia

There is no such thing as a minor or insignificant back injury. Even a non-catastrophic injury to your back or spinal cord can leave a person dealing with chronic pain. And in more serious cases, a back injury can mean a permanent loss of mobility or even outright paralysis.

Back injuries are often the result of car crashes, slips and falls, and even work-related accidents. In many of these cases, the victim is entitled to some form of legal compensation. An experienced Richmond back injuries lawyer can review your situation and advise you of your options. Attorney Ryan Wind and his team at Wind Law, LLC, represent clients who have suffered back injuries and are eligible for either workers’ compensation or looking to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party that caused their accident.

What Are the Signs of a Serious Back Injury?

Serious Back Injury

The back is a complex structure composed of various bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles. An injury to any single part of the back can therefore cause serious, long-term medical issues. And many back injuries start with little or no symptoms only to escalate over time.

Some of the more common signs of a back injury include:

  • feelings of numbness or tingling in the legs;
  • fever;
  • muscle aches;
  • problems controlling the bladder or bowel;
  • shooting or stabbing pain in the back or legs; and
  • sudden weakness in the legs.

It is critical to seek medical attention following any accident, especially one where you experience any of the symptoms described above. A medical provider can confirm a back injury diagnosis through testing and start you on an immediate course of treatment. In some cases, this may be limited to medication and physical therapy. But more severe back injuries often require surgery and extensive rehabilitation under the care of a chiropractor.

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Compensation for a back injury can vary depending on the circumstances of how it occurred. If your back injury occurred in the course of your employment–say you fell at work–then your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance is generally responsible for covering your medical bills. Workers’ compensation will also provide wage replacement benefits, which are normally two-thirds of your average weekly wage before the accident. If your back injury is severe enough to prevent you from returning to work, you may be entitled to additional permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation benefits.

If your back injury was the result of some act of third-party negligence, such as a car accident, then you will need to pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible party. You can seek a much broader range of damages in a personal injury case than you can obtain through workers’ compensation. For instance, you can demand compensation for your pain and suffering as well as your loss of future earning capacity.

Keep in mind, however, that insurance companies often put up a fight when accident victims suffer back injuries, which can be tricky to diagnose and quantify. That is why you must work with a skilled Richmond back injuries lawyer. If you need to speak with an attorney about your case, contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.