Neck, Back, and Shoulder Injury Lawyer in St. Louis
Helping victims of upper body injuries seek compensation after accidents
Although quite common, neck, back, and shoulder injuries are also quite serious and can cause a person long-term pain and complications. Anyone is vulnerable to these types of injuries – in a motor vehicle wreck, in a slip-and-fall, or other type of accident. Whether you’ve suffered a case of whiplash or a serious back injury, if it occurred as a result of another’s negligence, an experienced law firm can help.
The Hayden Law Firm understands that these types of injuries can lead to medical complications that can affect the rest of your life. If you or a loved one have suffered a neck, back, or shoulder injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help seek financial compensation for your losses. To find out more, contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What are common neck, shoulder, and back injuries?
These types of injuries can result in both pain and the ability to perform daily activities without pain. They commonly include:
- Broken and dislocated shoulders. A strong force or impact to the shoulder area can fracture or dislocated the shoulder or collarbone. Breaks can take a long time from which to recover, and in some cases may even require surgery.
- Disc injuries. Discs separate and cushion the vertebrae in the spine. Injuries to the discs can cause pain and issues with mobility. Patients can suffer bulging or herniated discs, both of which are serious conditions and can require medical intervention and physical therapy.
- Broken back or spinal cord injury. Strong impact to the spinal column can cause the bones to fracture or break. The spine houses nerves that connect with the brain to send signals, and any interruption in this path can cause catastrophic injury, including paralysis.
- Whiplash. A whiplash injury involves extreme strain on the neck when the head is suddenly whipped back and forward, like in a car accident. Some cases of whiplash will clear up relatively quickly with medical treatment; however, other serious cases may lead to chronic pain and disability.
What types of accidents lead to neck, back, and shoulder injuries?
Although every incident that leads to a person’s injury is unique, there are some types of accidents that tend to cause neck/back/shoulder trauma more than others.
Motor vehicle accidents
Things like car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, and commercial truck accidents are generally the most common source of these types of injuries. From whiplash to seatbelt and airbag injuries, the upper body can be vulnerable during a car crash. Motorcyclists and bicyclists often suffer upper body injuries as well due to being thrown from their bikes during a collision.
Slip and fall accidents
Many insurance companies undervalue the severity of slip and fall claims. However, when a person takes a hard fall and lands on their shoulder or back, they can suffer serious injury or broken bones. These injuries can result in long-term chronic pain depending on the location and severity of the injury.
Construction site accidents
Construction sites and work zones are dangerous areas for passersby. When an area is improperly secured, nearby pedestrians or drivers can suffer injury from falling objects, debris in the road, or other potential hazards. Slip and fall accidents are another common danger around construction sites.
A St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm works with you to determine the extent of your injuries and the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
What are the symptoms of back, shoulder, and neck injuries?
You may have immediate or delayed symptoms following an accident. Seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you feel fine.
Some of the immediate symptoms of these types of injuries that require emergency medical treatment include:
- Extreme pain in neck, back, shoulders, or collarbone
- Inability to move fingers and/or toes
- Numbness or tingling in any part of the body
- Serious headache
- Loss of balance
- Inability to control bowels or bladder
Delayed onset symptoms can include things like headaches lasting several days, tenderness and swelling in the affected area, muscle weakness, pain or pinching sensation, and tingling or numbness.
How are neck, back, and shoulder injuries diagnosed?
After an accident, your first priority should be seeking medical attention. Even if you don’t feel seriously injured, many injuries to these areas of the body may not symptomize for a few days. Prompt medical treatment can help ensure they don’t get any worse, as well as provide formal documentation of your injuries.
Generally, according to WebMD, these types of injuries are detected via diagnostic testing:
- “Electrodiagnostic studies: Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) are sometimes used to diagnose neck and shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling.
- MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive procedure that can reveal the detail of neural (nerve-related) elements, as well as problems with the tendons and ligaments.
- Myelography/CT scanning: This is sometimes used as an alternative to MRI.
- X-rays: Plain X-rays can reveal narrowing of the space between two spinal bones, arthritis-like diseases, tumors, slipped discs, narrowing of the spinal canal, fractures and instability of the spinal column.”
After an upper-body injury diagnosis, it is crucial for you to follow your doctor’s orders to the letter to ensure the strength of your case.
Am I eligible for compensation for my St. Louis neck, back, or shoulder injury?
Accident settlements are not, and should not be, one-size-fits-all. However, if you are injured in any type of accident that due to the negligence of another, you are likely eligible for compensation for your losses. This can include financial compensation for things like:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
It’s best to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your accident, as personal injury claims in Missouri have a five-year statute of limitations.
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St. Louis neck, back, and shoulder injury attorney
Don’t let insurance companies tell you that your injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant proper compensation. Neck, back, and shoulder injuries can lead to chronic pain and serious complications. At The Hayden Law Firm, we work to hold the right people accountable and secure fair and just compensation for your losses. Call us today at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.