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According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees to miss work worldwide. Back pain transmits from the body’s nervous system and is often an underlying cause of more significant, and sometimes chronic, problem. Bulging discs, back muscle strains, or osteoarthritis can cause inhibiting pain that results in immobility and lack of ability to perform daily functions. Back pain can also be difficult to diagnose and treat, creating a potential for long-lasting medical issues, loss of independence, and psychological scarring.
If your back injuries are the result of spinal injuries, strain related to the workplace, school, sporting events, or public negligence, you may be entitled to take action and regain compensation for medical attention. Our Youngstown injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have decades of combined experience in back injury cases and will fight to retain the best care and outcome for your back injuries.
The statute of limitations in Ohio expires after two years, so if you are experiencing physical pain due to an automobile accident or other extenuating circumstances, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Types of Back Pain and Back Injuries
Since the lower back supports the bulk of human body weight, it is particularly prone to injury and pain, subsequently affecting other parts of the body, including the upper spine and neck. Back and neck pain can range from mild to severe depending on the amount of injury and can be acute or chronic.
- Acute lower back pain: often sourced in the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs; this intense pain is generally quite sudden. This is caused by tight muscles, inflamed joints, or degenerative discs, but typically disappears within days or weeks.
- Chronic back pain: characterized by three or more months, and its severity may ebb and flow depending on a person’s physical activities. It’s often hard to diagnose the source of chronic back pain; however nerve damage, scar tissue, arthritis, and even psychological stress are known to exacerbate chronic back pain.
According to Ohio’s Mayfield Clinic, symptoms of back injuries may involve the following types of pain in the neck, back, buttocks, thighs, and knees:
- Burning, stabbing, or shooting pains
- Pressure or tingling
- Pain that spreads to the buttocks, thighs, or knees
- Muscle spasms
- Cauda Equina Syndrome: loss of bladder or bowel function control
Your back pain may relate to injuries, impacts, or other conditions, including:
- Muscle Strain
- Herniated or bulging discs: compression of back nerves as the result of a burst spinal disc
- Osteoarthritis: degenerative disc disease
- Stenosis: compression of the spinal cord against nerves in the back
- Lumbar injuries from sports-related activities such as football, falls, or car accidents
- Slips and falls
Back injuries can cause serious physical damage and psychological side effects and may be severe enough to cause permanent or long-lasting damage. Back injuries may be keeping you in varying degrees of pain, out of work, on disability, in debt, or simply unable to participate in your day-to-day life at full capacity. Back injuries can require both nonsurgical care as well as invasive surgery, and may also need weeks of physical therapy to rectify the problem and eliminate the pain.
Common Solutions to Back Injuries
The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center points out that while back and neck pain are sometimes difficult to diagnose, people do have access to a variety of pain relief and treatment. Proposed degrees of treatment for Ohio back pain victims include:
- Conservative measures: massages, chiropractic adjustments, and occupational therapy
- Moderately non-invasive treatment: acupuncture, tissue manipulation techniques, and integrative medicine
- Spinal surgery
Ohio medical professionals recommend beginning back treatment options conservatively before progressing to more aggressive measures for long-term chronic pain and severe back injuries.
Seeking Compensation After a Back Injury
If you or a loved one have sustained a back or neck injury at work, in an automobile accident, sports accident, or through the actions or negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to open a back injury case while seeking compensation for your loss. Medical treatment and rehabilitation related to back injuries is often long-term, can be incredibly costly, and workers’ compensation can be difficult to prove. That is why it is important to seek payment for damages if you believe you are not at fault for your back injuries.
Our KNR Youngstown back injury attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for back and neck injuries. Back injuries and back pain of any degree may qualify you to make a back injury compensation claim, and your back injury attorney at KNR can discuss case options with you.
Our Youngstown Back Injury Lawyers Can Help You
The experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for post-accident injuries and back pain you or a loved one sustained from activity-related experiences, accidents, or negligence. KNR works out of 11 locations throughout the state of Ohio, which means we cover extensive ground throughout many Ohio cities. In addition to back injuries, our diverse team of Ohio attorneys are skilled in numerous legal areas including wrongful deaths, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding your back injuries, call our Youngstown lawyers at (330) 729-1090 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio back injury attorney.