Severe back and neck injuries may prevent you from working, traveling, maintaining social relationships, and performing basic household tasks. You could require special equipment to get around, and you may need to undergo weeks or months of physical rehabilitation. Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, you might never fully recover. Living with a permanent disability can profoundly alter the way you live. 

If you have suffered a catastrophic neck or back injury for which someone else is to blame, the Loewy Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitative care costs, lost income, and other losses. Austin back and neck injury lawyer Adam Loewy has the skills and experience to demand the full amount you’re owed. Contact the Loewy Law Firm today for a free consultation to find out why so many Austinites trust Adam Loewy to help them after a catastrophic injury.

Types of Neck and Back Injuries

Some of the most common catastrophic back and neck injuries include: 

Whiplash

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that occurs when the head and neck are suddenly jerked back and forth. Whiplash is a common injury in motor vehicle accidents, especially rear-end collisions. However, other types of trauma can cause it, including slip and fall accidents and violent assault. Whiplash can cause symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness, limited range of motion in the neck, pain in the neck and shoulders, headaches that begin at the base of the skull, and fatigue. While some people improve within a few weeks, others experience chronic pain and other lasting complications. 

Fractured Vertebrae

The spine comprises 33 stacked vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and can be fractured by physical trauma. Sometimes, spinal fractures are mild and heal with rest and medication, while more severe cases might necessitate surgery. Spinal fracture symptoms may include pain in the back or neck, muscle spasms, weakness or loss of limb function, and an inability to control bowel and bladder function. Fractured vertebrae can damage the spinal cord and cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated. 

Herniated Discs

The spinal column is made up of vertebrae and discs, which act as a sort of cushion between each vertebra. Spinal discs have a soft, jelly-like center and a tougher, rubbery exterior casing. When the disc’s soft center gets pushed out through a tear in its outer layer, the resulting injury is known as a herniated disc. Herniated discs can cause mild to severe arm and leg pain, weakness, and tingling. While most herniated discs often improve over time without surgical intervention, surgery is sometimes required to repair a ruptured disc if symptoms don’t change or worsen. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

While the spinal cord can be damaged in numerous ways, external physical trauma is the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are very serious and can result in a loss of mobility or function in certain body parts. Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries result in a loss of function below the level of the injury. In contrast, a person with an incomplete spinal cord injury will still have some function below the injury site, although specific portions of the body may have more function than others. 

There are four primary types of spinal cord injuries: 

In addition to mobility issues and paralysis, spinal cord injuries can cause bowel and bladder dysfunction, a loss of certain involuntary functions, reduced ability to regulate blood pressure, and changes in sexual function. 

Paralysis

Paralysis is a loss of function in part of the body. It can be partial or total and may be temporary or permanent. A loss of sensation typically occurs in the affected areas as well. Paralysis can be localized to a body part, or it can be generalized, affecting multiple body parts or the entire body. 

The main types of generalized paralysis include: 

One of the most common causes of paralysis is damage to the spinal cord, which can occur due to physical trauma (such as being impacted in a car accident). Paralysis can cause difficulty swallowing or speaking, problems with breathing and blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, loss of bowel and bladder control, and other issues. 

Contact the Loewy Law Firm Today

Did you sustain a back and neck injury in the Austin area? If your injury was caused by another person’s reckless or wrongful actions, the Loewy Law Firm could help you hold them accountable through a personal injury claim. We understand how a traumatic back or neck injury can completely upend your life – and, in some cases, alter it forever. That’s why Adam Loewy is committed to helping you seek the maximum available compensation. We want to get you the money you need to live the best, most fulfilling life possible, and we won’t rest in our pursuit of it. 

We work on a contingency fee basis and won’t collect a legal fee unless we successfully obtain a settlement or judgment for you. Contact the Loewy Law Firm to discuss your legal options and get free legal advice during a no-risk case evaluation today.