Posted on behalf of Anderson Cummings on Jul 14, 2020 in Auto Accidents
If you or a loved one suffered from a back injury caused by a car accident, proving your injuries were caused by the accident can often be difficult without an experienced attorney on your side. Insurance companies are known for denying or devaluing claims when the severity or cause of injury is in question.
The attorneys at Anderson & Cummings have over 50 years of combined experience protecting the rights of injury victims and linking serious injuries to car accidents and other situations that resulted from others’ negligence. Contact us for a free case evaluation to learn if you may qualify for compensation. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Below, learn more about back injuries that often result from car crashes and how your attorney may be able to help you link a back injury to a car accident.
Common Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Although there are various types of back injuries that could result from a car crash, some of the more common types are:
- Whiplash – This is often classified as a neck injury, however, the cervical spine, which is the uppermost part of the spine, is often affected by a whiplash injury.
- Herniated discs – Discs are the cushions between the spinal vertebrae which help keep the bones from rubbing against each other. These discs become herniated when they are moved or torn, which can cause spinal nerve damage and may require surgery.
- Spinal cord injuries – Damage to the spinal cord could result in nerve damage, muscle weakness, breathing issues, numbness, loss of control of bodily functions and paralysis.
Whether you suffered any of the above back injuries or something similar due to a car crash, you could be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income and other damages. Contact the Fort Worth car accident lawyers at Anderson & Cummings to discuss your claim for free. We charge no lawyer fees unless we secure a settlement or courtroom verdict in your favor.
Can a Back Injury be Linked to a Car Crash?
You must link your back injury to the car accident to pursue compensation for medical costs and other damages related to your injury. The burden of proof is on you and your lawyer to provide enough evidence to show the severity of your back injury and when and how it occurred.
Insurance companies may say your injury was preexisting – meaning your back injury was sustained before the accident – so they are not liable for your damages.
However, even if you have a preexisting injury, you may be able to obtain compensation for aggravation of that preexisting injury. You would need to prove the crash caused new symptoms or made your pain worse. Your lawyer can help you gather your medical records from before and after the crash to show how your condition has changed.
When you seek treatment after the crash, make sure to tell the doctor all the symptoms you are experiencing. If you have a preexisting condition, explain how your symptoms have become worse or tell the doctor about new symptoms. Make sure to update your doctor as your condition progresses.
The insurance company may claim your preexisting condition made you more susceptible to injury, and this reduces the value of your claim. However, under the Eggshell Skull Rule, your susceptibility to injury does not affect your ability to seek compensation or the value of your claim.
Another challenge is showing how the damage to your car and the impact of the collision led to your injury. The attorneys at Anderson Cummings know how to review crash damage and build a robust argument about how the damage from the crash injured your back. For example, it may be possible to show how the force of impact compressed your spine.
Speak to an Experienced Attorney About Your Claim
Proving your back injury was caused by a car accident can be complicated without the help of an experienced attorney. Insurance companies are known for looking for ways to avoid paying injury victims full compensation.
Let the reputable attorneys at Anderson & Cummings review your claim in a no-cost consultation. Should you decide to hire us, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to build a robust case in your favor. We work on contingency – which means you pay us nothing until and unless we win compensation for you.
Anderson & Cummings. Free consultation: (817) 920-9000.