Lower back pain, or low back pain, is a condition characterized by pain, discomfort, inflammation, or lost mobility in the lower back (lumbar) region of the body. It can involve many components, including muscle inflammation, damaged tendons and nerves, or compressed spinal disks. Lower back pain can be caused by:
- Standing/sitting too long
- Repetitive stress (for instance, bending or twisting repeatedly on a daily basis)
- Lifting objects that are too heavy
- Surgeon malpractice during back surgery
- Direct trauma to the back area
- Car accidents and other motor-vehicle related incidents
Lower back injuries and pain can also originate from other sources. For instance, some types of toxins may cause nerve damage, leading to low back pain or spinal pain.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is often a factor in many legal claims, including:
- Work-related injuries
- On-the-job injuries
- Negligence claims
- Slip and fall injuries
- Car accidents
- Sports injuries
Thus, lower back pain can involve many different persons or parties. One common claim is where a person’s work environment causes their lower back pain. In such cases, an employer or supervisor may be held liable, especially if they were aware of the working conditions and did nothing to remedy the situation.
Legal Remedies for Lower Back Pain Lawsuits
Lower back pain lawsuits often end in a monetary damages award. These can cover costs such as:
- Hospital visits
- Ongoing rehab/therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
In some cases, other remedies may be involved, such as a change in work policies or a change in the safety standards in a retail store, etc.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Lower Back Pain Lawsuit?
Lower back pain can originate from many sources. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help filing a claim for lower back pain. Your attorney can advise you on the options that are available for you. Also, if you need to attend a court hearing, your lawyer can be on hand to represent you and guide you throughout the court process.