Pasadena Attorney Seeks Compensation for Spinal Cord and Back Injuries

Put our years of experience to work for your California personal injury matters

Spinal cord and back injuries can have debilitating and long-term effects that prevent you from working and living to your fullest potential. At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, we have more than 25 years of experience dealing with challenging legal questions that arise when seeking compensation for injuries. Whether you have been injured on-the-job or suffered an accident in a public place, our firm can get you the restitution you need to move on and thrive.

Common types of back and spinal cord injuries and their effect on you

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) estimates that roughly 11 percent of adults in the United States, approximately 27 million people, will have some form of back pain problems. Our firm is experienced at dealing with many different types of back and spinal cord injuries, especially injuries that result from car accidents or slip and fall accidents.

  • Complete spinal cord injuries — A complete spinal cord injury causes permanent, irreversible damage to the spinal cord. These injuries result in total loss of sensory and motor nerve impulses below the site of the injury, resulting in paralysis.
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury — Incomplete spinal cord injuries do not cause absolute damage, so victims usually regain physical abilities after their spine heals from spinal shock. Each person experiences different symptoms and recovery times, depending on the way the spine was compromised.

The two primary classifications of back injuries are:

  • Spondylolisthesis — This condition occurs when a vertebra, usually in the lower back, slips behind or in front of the bone below and can be induced by trauma. Symptoms can include muscle tightness and weakness and pain in the legs and/or buttocks.
  • Cervical radiculopathy — Cervical radiculopathy is caused by damage done to the spine as a result of a ruptured disc. This condition causes radiating pain through the neck, arms, shoulders and chest as well as a tingling sensation in the hands and fingers. Loss of hand coordination may also occur.

What are common causes of back and spinal cord injuries?

Traumatic spinal cord and back injuries can result from several different scenarios including:

  • Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
  • Heavy lifting
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Knife wounds and other penetrating injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Falling from great heights
  • Aggravation of pre-existing conditions as a result of an accident

What are the costs associated with back and spine injuries?

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, spinal care costs totaled $85.9 billion in 2005. Statistics also show that in 2005, people with back problems spent approximately $6,000 for treatment. If you have suffered a back injury, your doctor may order expensive tests such as x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans to diagnose your condition. Our firm has extensive knowledge regarding the medical processes involved with back and spine injuries. We work hard to get you the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses.

You’re never alone when our Pasadena personal injury law firm is on your side

The Law Offices of Pius Joseph uses every possible resource to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We work around your schedule with flexible office hours and free initial consultations. Our firm is available to serve the Los Angeles area and the entire state of California. Call us at 626-397-1050 or contact us online today.