Back injuries are the most common cause of back pain and typically involve either injury to the
muscle and tendons or injury to the spinal column. Most back injuries occur in either
the cervical region (the uppermost seven vertebrae of the neck) or the lumbar region (the five
largest and strongest vertebrae in the lower back) and are typically the result of a car accident,
truck accident, motorcycle accident, or slip and fall accident.
There are many types of back
A back injury can be
life-altering, leading to chronic or acute pain as well as muscle weakness, lack of muscle
coordination, numbness and /or tingling in the extremities.
Complications can arise when an
injury fails to heal properly or when damage involves the permanent loss of mobility. In both cases,
qualify of life is impacted as injury victims may be unable to do the things they normally
Back injuries are cited as the most common reason for absenteeism in the general workforce
after the common cold. About 80 percent of adults are estimated to experience a back injury in their
lifetime, and about ten percent will suffer a re-injury.
In the United States, back disorders
account for over 24 percent of all occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from
work, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH). Moreover, health care
industry workers sustain 4.5 times more overexertion injuries than any other type of
Making a back injury claim is a complex and anxiety-producing process. Back injury
claims are involved and can take a long time to resolve. When evaluating back injury cases, an
experienced back injury attorney well-versed in back injury law is required to emphasize the
catastrophic nature of the client’s injury with the full understanding of the medical
issues, the improvements in rehabilitative medicine, increased mortality and need for future care
both medically and emotionally.