When you get into an accident, you should be concerned about two parts of your body in particular – your neck and back. If you suffer injury in either area, it could have a long-term effect on your health. Often, the severity of the injury is immediately apparent. However, some severe neck and back injuries are not noticeable right away.
Any person who thinks he or she may have suffered a neck or back injury should make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You want to get an accurate evaluation of your physical condition. Serious neck or spinal cord injuries can cause a multitude of complications that could disrupt your life and livelihood.
Did you or your loved one suffer a neck or back injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Lutz, Brooksville or a surrounding area of North Tampa? You will want to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC.
Our firm will provide you with all of the personal attention you would expect from a small law firm but handle your case with the skill and resources you expect from a larger firm. Our lawyers have more than five decades of combined legal experience handling back and neck injury claims.
Contact us today and allow our attorneys to review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.
Understanding Neck and Back Injuries
The most concerning types of back injuries involve injuries to the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord effectively communicates with the rest of your body, a spinal cord injury frequently results in other parts of the body being affected.
Spinal cord injuries are usually classified as complete or incomplete. A partial severance of a spinal cord is an incomplete spinal cord injury, and a victim usually retains some function below the affected area. A full severance of the cord is a complete spinal cord injury and causes loss of all feeling and ability to control movement below the affected area.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries include anterior cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome and central cord syndrome. Complete spinal cord injuries include:
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia — Paralysis of all limbs
- Paraplegia — Paralysis of the legs and the lower half of the body
- Triplegia — Paralysis of one arm and both legs.
The location of a spinal cord injury determines its impact. The spinal cord is divided into five regions:
- Cervical (C1-C8) — Uppermost region of the spinal cord. Damage can result in paralysis in the arms, hands, trunk and legs. The most severe injuries often involve nerves in the C1-C4 area.
- Thoracic (T1-T12) — Located in the middle of the back. damage to these nerves can affect a person’s legs and feeling below the waist, although hand and arm function is usually unaffected
- Lumbar (L1-L5) — Injuries to the lower back can impair body functions below the waist.
- Sacral — Lower end of the spinal cord injuries can affect parts of the body below the waist, but most victims are able to walk again.
- Coccyx — Also known as the tailbone, an injury to the coccygeal segment injuries can cause pain but generally does not affect function.
Other types of spinal cord or back injuries may include spinal column injuries, neuron damage, herniated discs, or nerve damage. With neck injuries, whiplash is one of the most common, but other common kinds of neck injuries include bulging discs, muscle strains, pinched nerves and torn muscles.
Causes of Spinal Injury
Many spinal cord injuries are the result of another party’s negligence. In such cases, a victim who wants to hold the negligent party legally liable for damages will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the negligent party had a duty of care to the victim, the negligent party breached that duty of care, that breach caused the victim’s spinal cord injury, and that spinal cord injury has resulted in damages.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability Accidents
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Physical Assaults
To pursue compensation, you must prove the negligent party’s responsibility for the accident that caused your spinal cord injury. Holliday Karatinos Law Firm can collect the necessary evidence and also obtain the medical records required to prove the extent of your injuries.
Compensation for Spine Injuries
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm will negotiate with the insurance company to try and reach a settlement that provides for all of your past and future needs. When an insurer refuses to provide a satisfactory amount of compensation, our firm will be ready to fight for you in court.
If we can prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence, a jury may award you damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
In a limited number of cases, a jury could also award punitive damages. Under Florida law, a defendant can be held liable for punitive damages only if it is proven based on clear and convincing evidence that the defendant was guilty of intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
When a person dies after suffering a spinal cord injury, our firm can also file a wrongful death claim.
How Long Do You Have to Bring a Neck and Back Injury Claim?
Florida law requires that a legal action founded on negligence must be filed within four years. While this is a slightly longer timeframe than many other states provide, this does not mean that a neck or back injury victim should delay in taking legal action.
You want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible in order to have an investigation conducted right away before evidence disappears. You should also allow your lawyer adequate time to prepare a winning case.
Contact Our Neck and Back Injury Attorneys Today
If you or your loved one suffered a severe neck or spinal cord injury in the North Tampa area, do not wait to seek legal representation. Contact Holliday Karatinos Law Firm right away. We represent individuals on a contingency fee basis, which means you will pay nothing unless you receive a financial award. You can have our lawyers provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.