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What to Do After Suffering a Back Injury

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Your back, in addition to being the location of the spinal column, has layer upon layer of muscles that connect to the neck, the scapulae, and along the spine. A healthy back is essential to being able to stand upright, stay balanced, and move. If your back is injured, even subtly, it can adversely affect everyday maneuvers such as getting out of bed, sitting down, standing up, bending down, and even walking.

Back injuries may be minor or serious and can be caused by a number of different events. The most common type of back injury is a strain or sprain, which involves the stretching or tearing of muscles in the back. Other back injuries include herniated disc, spinal cord damage, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and even vertebrae fractures. Common causes for these back injuries include:

  • Motor-vehicle accidents;
  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Heavy lifting;
  • Sports accidents;
  • Bicycle accidents;
  • Assault; and
  • Workplace accidents.

If you have suffered a back injury, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Back injuries can lead to more severe conditions, such as partial or complete paralysis, if there is a serious injury that is not addressed. If you sustained a back injury at work, you can file a workers’ compensation benefits claim. If the injury was caused by the negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions of another, you may pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you with either process.

A back injury can have a devastating effect on a person’s job and home life. If you have sustained a back injury in Nevada, the experienced Las Vegas back injury attorneys at Shook & Stone can help you determine who is at-fault and then pursue just compensation in civil court. To learn more about your rights and to find out if you have a valid claim, call us today at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation.