Lower Back Injury Lawyers
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What is a Lower Back Injury?
Lower back injuries involve injury or trauma to the lower lumbar region of the body. This is the area that is largely responsible for lifting and bending movements. Thus, lower back injuries are commonly linked to activities such as heavy lifting, constant bending, or standing for prolonged periods of time.
Often times, back injuries in general may happen in conjunction with other injuries such shoulder injuries. They may also occur along with head, neck and spine injuries (as in a car accident injury).
What Type of Evidence is Used in a Lower Back Injury Lawsuit?
Lower back injury lawsuits are commonly based on a negligence theory. This is especially common for cases involving accidents, such as slip and fall cases, botched back surgery, or car accidents. In such cases, the evidence would need to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, and that their breach of this duty caused the person’s lower back injuries.
Evidence might be presented in the form of documents, such as hospital statements and bills, police records, and wage stubs. Other evidence might be considered, such as photos or video of the event(s) leading to the injury, and witness statements.
Many lower back injury lawsuits are filed worker’s compensation claims, especially if the injury was due to a job-related repetitive stress injury. In such cases, additional evidence may be needed to prove whether or not an employer may be held liable. Liability is more likely to be found if the employer knew about risks to the employer’s lower back, but did not take steps to prevent the injuries from happening.
What Types of Remedies are Available in a Lower Back Injury Lawsuit?
Lower back injuries are typically remedied in court through a monetary damages award. This will usually cover costs associated with treating the injury, such as hospital bills, medical receipts, and medication. Long-term therapy and physical rehabilitation is also characteristic of lower back injury or strain treatment, and these may be factored into the damages award as well.
Additional damages may also be required, such as those related to lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, or to pain and suffering.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Lower Back Injury Claims?
Filing a claim or a lawsuit for a lower back injury can often be somewhat complex as well as challenging. Also, these types of lawsuits can involve physical conditions that are present over a long period of time. As such, you may wish to hire a lawyer for assistance with filing, reviewing, and litigating your claim. Your attorney can provide you with valuable legal advice and guidance throughout the process.
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Last Modified: 10-14-2015 03:38 PM PDT
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