How Much is a Typical Back Injury Settlement?
A back injury can be devastating, leaving victims suffering from terrible pain and oftentimes bed ridden. While some back injuries happen because of normal events or even just old age, others are caused by traumatic accidents. If you or someone you love suffered a back injury by a negligent driver, unsafe workplace, or other dangerous conditions that were no fault of your own you may be entitled to compensation.
The typical back injury settlement amount depends on the case’s specifics like the extent of the injury, amount of medical bills, and level of negligence. The best way to ensure that you get the maximum possible settlement for your back injury case is to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
Ellis Injury Law is staffed with expert attorneys that have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for your rights as a back injury victim and get you the justice you deserve.
Common types of back injuries
According to recent statistics, about 80% of all adults will experience some kind of back injury in their lifetime. Luckily, the vast majority of these injuries are minor and are the result of natural causes. However, there are other kinds of back injuries that are much more serious and are caused by dangerous incidents such as:
- Slips, falls, or trips
- Construction accidents
- Recalled or defective products
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car, truck or bus crashes
- Repetitive workplace motion
- Pedestrian accidents
These accidents can injure the nerves, vertebra, or ligaments in the back and cause back injuries like:
- Torn discs
- Pinched nerves
- Slipped or bulging discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Compression fractures
- Herniated discs
- Lumbar ligament sprains
- Strained and/or sprained muscles
- Spinal cord damage
Back injury symptoms
Unfortunately, many back injuries seem mild at first with serious pain or symptoms not manifesting for days after the accident. However, these common back injury symptoms can serve as warning signs that something is seriously wrong:
- Localized dull, sharp or radiating pain
- Soreness and fever
- Difficulty straightening or standing
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle stiffness or tightness
- General lack of mobility
- Trouble urinating
- Pain that worsens with movement
It’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience any of these back injury symptoms. Ensure that you document all of your treatment as you might be able to get money for medical costs with a personal injury case.
How much is a back injury case worth?
You can file a personal injury case when your back injury is the result of another person or entity’s negligence. Personal injury lawyers can help you get the maximum possible payout for your injuries.
This payout amount depends on the specifics of your case. Every personal injury case is different, and there is no exact formula to calculate your compensation amount before a settlement or trial. Your case value depends on variables such as:
- Magnitude of injury
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Permeance of injury
- Cost of medical care
- Recovery time
- Amount of lost income
- Lasting complications
- Age and medical history
- Any pre-existing conditions that may have affected or worsened the back injury
- The injury’s impact on your relationships
- How your actions contributed to the accident, if at all
Your lawyer will take all of these factors into consideration to help determine how much he or she should seek on your behalf. If the case is settled in negotiations, your lawyer will use these factors to argue for the maximum possible compensation. If the case goes to trial, the jury will consider these variables when determining your compensation award.
Back injury attorneys in Los Angeles
To give yourself the best chance to get the maximum possible compensation for your back-injury case, you should retain an experienced lawyer to represent you rather than representing yourself. Ellis Injury Law Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have incredible track records with complex and sensitive cases, including those with back injuries. We know how to handle your case from the investigation to negotiation and even a trial if necessary.
Ellis Injury Law will protect your right to fair compensation. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options.