Back injuries are often the most painful and sometimes the hardest to treat. These injuries may require a long recovery and treatment time, including time away from work or an adjustment in a victim’s job duties. If your back injury was due to someone else’s careless act, you may be able to recover damages from any party that was responsible. The injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help people from Miami and the surrounding cities, such as Fort Lauderdale, who have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.Bringing a Negligence Claim for Compensation
Bones, tissue, and muscle comprise the area of your body from your neck down to your pelvis, and an injury to any part of those elements can result in chronic pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness. These symptoms may affect not only a victim’s back but also their limbs, since damage to your back may affect legs, feet, arms, or hands. In any given year, many thousands of people suffer a back injury due to an accident. Some may be caused by sudden trauma to the body, while others, such as workplace injuries, may be due to repetitive motions such as reaching, bending, or twisting. Common causes of back injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Construction site accidents
- Defective and unsafe products
- Slip and fall accidents
The National Institute of Health notes that the most common types of back injuries include sprains or strains, herniated or ruptured discs, and fractured vertebrae. If you have suffered a back injury due to another person’s negligence, you may pursue a personal injury claim to recover costs for items such as medical expenses, loss of income or earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
In pursuing a personal injury claim, a victim usually must establish that his or her injuries were caused by the defendant’s negligence. To show negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care and that this duty was breached by the defendant’s actions. The plaintiff must also show the breach was a proximate cause of his or her back injury and that damages were incurred.
For example, all drivers owe others on the road a duty of reasonable care to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would behave in a similar situation. A driver who is texting and driving and causes a collision as a result may be found to have acted unreasonably and be held liable for injuries that occur. The duty may vary somewhat in cases involving professional negligence, such as medical malpractice, and expert testimony may be helpful in establishing it. The victim must draw a direct causal link from the defendant’s carelessness to the accident, which must have been something that would not have occurred if the defendant had used the appropriate level of care. The accident also must have been a foreseeable result of the breach, and the damages must be reasonably quantifiable rather than overly speculative.Legal Representation for Miami Residents Suffering from Back Injuries
Back injuries may involve much more than discomfort or pain. Some of these injuries can affect the spinal cord and lead to paralysis or additional complications. The Miami attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent victims of car accidents and other preventable events. We work tirelessly to help our clients pursue proper compensation so that they can focus on recovering from their injuries. If you have been hurt in any type of accident, call 877.499.4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. We also represent individuals in Fort Lauderdale and other cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.