Injuries to the back can be particularly complex, both in terms of treatment and litigation. While back injuries can leave the victim with significant pain and diminishment of ability to perform routine tasks, they may not be evident from traditional medical tests.
Consequently, insurance companies often put up a fight before agreeing to a settlement. For this reason, it is important to be represented by a New Jersey back injury attorney if you are the victim of an other’s negligence.
The Complexities of the Back
The back is an area of great complexity. It is comprised of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and many other soft tissues which help support the weight of the upper part of the body. The spine extends the full length of the back, carrying within it the central nervous system, with all the information being transferred from the body to the brain. One can imagine, then, that even a so-called minor injury to the back can lead to difficulties as well as pain.
While damage to the spine is identifiable in X-rays and Imaging tests, injury to the soft tissues is not. This poses a challenge for a New Jersey back injury attorney, for not only will he need to valuate the extent of the injuries, but he faces the task of having to prove that they exist at all.
Common Injuries and Causes
Among the more common injuries to the back are:
- Fracture of the vertebrae
- Herniated discs
- Bulging Discs
- Spinal Cord damage
- Soft tissue damage
Accidents which cause such injuries range from falls to diving/swimming. A large percentage of back injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents .
A New Jersey back injury attorney will assess the extent of the injury as well as the treating doctor’s prognosis for recovery of the victim. He will also need to establish the defendant’s liability. The insurance company may attack the validity of the claim if the injury is to the soft tissues, but also may argue that the plaintiff shares responsibility. If the insurer proves to be intractable a lawsuit may be the option for gaining compensation.
If You Have Been Injured
If you suffer a back injury due to the negligence of another, New Jersey back injury attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo may be able to help. Mr. Matrafajlo is an experienced attorney who will fight to help you gain compensation. Call 908-248-4404 today to arrange a free consultation.