Back and Neck Injury Questions for Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyers
Milwaukee personal injury lawyers often litigate lawsuits and claims that involve back and neck injuries resulting from car accidents, accidents on the job, sports injuries, motorcycle accidents and more. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for accident victims to suffer serious neck and back injuries that result in paralysis, permanent disability, or even death.
If you or someone you know is suffering from common back and neck problems after an accident — such as lower back pain, sciatica nerve pain, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, arthritis or any accident-related degenerative condition — this information may help you better understand the accident-related damage you may have suffered and what you can do about it.
General Information for Back Pain and Neck Pain
There are two different types of back pain: acute (which lasts a short time) and chronic (which lasts much longer). In general, acute back pain is usually caused by an injury to the ligaments or muscles in the back. This could happen in a car accident, on-the-job injury or any number of situations. Chronic back pain, on the other hand, is usually caused by repetitive motion, arthritis, a herniated disc, poor posture or some other ongoing condition that affects the spine.
If you have been injured in an accident, pay attention for any of the following symptoms of back and neck injuries: burning sensations in the back, tingling, back aches, neck aches or sharp pain. Any of these symptoms may indicate permanent damage from an accident. And if you are experiencing lasting or severe back pain, you should seek the advice of medical personnel and a personal injury lawyer immediately.
General Information for Sciatica
It is not uncommon for automobile accident victims to suffer from sciatica. Sciatica is when pain, numbness, weakness or tingling affect the back, legs or hips due compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is often caused by a slipped disc, tumor, pelvic injury or fracture. Although it is not actually a medical condition, sciatica is a symptom (or set of symptoms) related to the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and continues down the back of the legs.
Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe back pain and leg pain, with some people even being unable to move, and it generally runs down one side of the body. Sciatic nerve pain generally builds slowly, and a number of behaviors may aggravate it, including: sitting, standing, sneezing and bending.
General Information for Herniated Discs
Another common injury from car accidents and sports accidents is herniated discs. A herniated disc (or “slipped disc”) is a spinal disc that has ruptured or slipped out of place. This type of back injury usually happens in the lumbar region (the lower back) and can cause incredible pain.
Symptoms for herniated disc back injuries include aching/burning/tingling pain in the back, numbness, sharp pains anywhere from the hip to the feet (with foot pain indicating a slipped disc in the lower back), pain moving the neck, or pain in the fingers/arm/shoulder (with finger pain indicating a slipped disc in the neck). Like sciatic nerve pain, herniated disc pain generally builds slowly, and it is often aggravated by sitting, standing, sneezing and bending.
General Information about Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most serious types of back injuries an accident victim can suffer, a spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord or nerves, and it can result in changes to sensations and bodily functions. There are two different types of spinal cord injuries: traumatic (which results from a traumatic event like a car accident, sports injury or on-the-job accident) or non-traumatic (which results from conditions like arthritis, cancer, infection and disc degeneration).
Common spinal cord injury symptoms include paralysis, numbness or tingling in the extremities, incontinence, headaches, neck aches or still neck, shock and loss of consciousness. Accident victims who suffer spinal cord back injuries may need lifelong medical care and treatment.
Free Consultation from Personal Injury Lawyer Specializing in Back Injuries and Neck Injuries
If you are suffering from a back injury or neck pain due to an auto accident, sports accident, workplace accident or other cause, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Back and neck injuries can lead to chronic back pain and neck pain that can mean permanent disability and emotional distress.
If you have suffered back or neck injuries from an accident through no fault of your own, contact Gebhard Law Office of Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. Karl Gebhard is an experienced personal injury attorney who has extensive experience with litigation for victims of back and neck injuries, and he is committed to helping his clients recover damages when they injured through no fault of their own.
Call Gebhard Law Office at 414-873-6550 for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment concerning your personal injury claim. Milwaukee personal injury lawyer Karl Gebhard offers his services throughout Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas. All services are offered on a contingency basis.