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When Can You Obtain Compensation for a Back Injury?

02.27.2017 by | St Petersburg

Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Petersburg

One of the most common injuries that people sustain in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and on the job are back injuries.

In motor vehicle accidents, individuals often sustain back injuries when a severe impact causes their bodies to twist and turn in the car. In the slip-and-fall context, individuals sometimes fall on their lower backs (i.e. their lumbar spine), sustaining fractures and other serious injuries. Construction workers and other laborers who work on buildings or ladders are prone to falls and the resulting back injuries.

If you have sustained back injuries as a worker or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Our experienced St. Petersburg personal injury and worker’s compensation attorneys will be able to review the facts and circumstances of your case and help you to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drivers owe a duty to other drivers to act reasonably and prudently while operating their motor vehicles on the roadway. When a driver breaches that duty of reasonable care and proximately causes a motor vehicle accident, resulting in back injuries and other damages, the injured plaintiff may be entitled to recover monetary compensation.

In order to maximize monetary recovery in a motor vehicle accident case, it is important to focus on the mechanics of a back injury (or other injury) – and more specifically, exactly how the body moved in the vehicle at the time of impact to cause the injury.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur indoors or outdoors, inside a grocery store, on a sidewalk, in a parking garage, or many other locations. In slip-and-fall cases, the landowner’s duty of care stems from the injured plaintiff’s status on the land. For example, if the injured plaintiff is a customer at a store, then he or she is owed a higher duty of care than a social guest or a trespasser.

When an injured plaintiff sustains a slip-and-fall back injury, he or she may be entitled to compensation if the landowner/possessor knew about the defect on the property and failed to take the necessary action to warn about it or correct it.

Worker’s Compensation

Worker’s compensation benefits1 provide monetary recovery to individuals who sustain accidental injuries while on the job and in the course of their employment. Many times, back injuries sustained on the job prevent workers from returning to their pre-injury occupations, such as construction or landscaping.

Since insurance companies often try to deny treatment or benefits for back injuries sustained on the job, it is important to have an experienced St. Petersburg worker’s compensation attorney involved in the case.

Some of the more common types of back injuries sustained while on the job include the following:
  • Soft tissue sprains/strains
  • Disc bulges2
  • Complex tears
  • Fractures (especially lower back)
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Painful range-of-motion restrictions

Contact a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Back Injury Case

Back injuries can be very painful and debilitating. If you or someone you love has sustained back injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence or while on the job, you should contact the St. Petersburg back injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-222-6922, or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922