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New Port Richey Back Injuries

Injuries to the back can have an exaggerated effect on an individual’s overall health. Unlike an arm or leg injury, which typically remains isolated to the point of injury, back injuries can have far reaching effects throughout the body, hampering mobility and even causing intense pain at the slightest movements. The culprit behind this dynamic is the spinal cord.

The spinal cord is essentially the centerpiece of the musculoskeletal system. It holds a collection of nerves that serve as the brain’s primary vessel for directing the various parts of the body. Damage to the spinal cord, often coming as the result of a back injury, can have a significant impact on the body’s overall ability to function.

Accidents Causing Back Injury

While the potential causes of back injury are wide ranging, often these injuries occur as the result of another’s negligence.  Common causes include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Workplace accidents
  • Sporting accidents

Diagnosis of Pasco County Back Injuries

Medical professionals determine the cause of the patient’s pain[1] through a combination of the following two to three steps:

  • A Review of the Patient’s Medical History: A physician will spend time asking the patient a series of questions such as a description of when the low back pain symptoms occur, a description of how the pain feels and what makes the pain feel better or worse.
  • A Physical Examination: A medical professional will conduct a thorough physical exam of the patient, such as testing nerve function and muscle strength in certain parts of the leg or arm, testing for pain in certain positions and more.  This series of physical tests will provide information regarding the type of back problem that exists.
  • Diagnostic Testing: A diagnostic test such as a CT scan[2] or MRI scan may be recommended to confirm the presence of the suspected cause of back pain.  To determine possible nerve or muscle damage, an electromyogram (EMG) can be useful.

Do You Need a Back Injury Attorney?

There are a number of reasons to hire a New Port Richey lawyer to assist with your back injury claim:

  • Level the playing field:  Insurance companies have experienced professionals who know how to diminish or deny claims.  An attorney can level the odds or place them in your favor, meaning that your claim will be decided on its merits rather than be based on the legal advantage an insurance company has over a layperson.
  • Calculate all damages:  There are a variety of damages available, not all of which are easy to keep track of or calculate.  An attorney will make sure you know the full value of your claim before you file a lawsuit or settle your case.
  • Negotiate fair settlements:  Insurance companies are expert negotiators and can take advantage of you if you are not careful.  Experienced attorneys can match negotiation ability and help you get a fair settlement.
  • Pursue all your legal claims:  Depending on your back injury you may have a legal cause of action against multiple parties.  Attorneys can also help with workers’ compensation should the injury occur on the job.
  • File a lawsuitAny personal injury lawsuit should be handled by an attorney and back injury claims are no exception.

Contact a New Port Richey Back Injury Lawyer

When you suffer from a back injury due to a car, motorcycle or truck accident, the most common injuries are muscle sprains/strains, bulging discs, herniated discs, or ruptured discs. Because of the trauma of an accident, the discs can be pushed out from between the vertebrae, causing pain in other areas of your body. Many people suffer from a “radiating pain” either down their arm(s), leg(s), or both. This is because the bulging or herniated disc(s) is applying pressure to the spinal cord. If you are experiencing this radiating pain it is extremely important to see your doctor immediately, to ensure proper treatment.

These injuries can be very difficult to diagnose and insurance companies will use delays in diagnosis and treatment to deny or lower payments it owes injured accident victims. Do not wait or delay in seeking advice because that may result in you having to personally pay for injuries caused by another party.  At the Dolman Law Group, our skilled New Port Richey back injury lawyers will understand the serious nature of these injuries and will fight to get the compensation that you are owed.  Please call our office at 727-853-6275 today.

Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652