Parkersburg Back Injury Lawyers

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If you have suffered a serious back injury due to the negligent actions of another, the West Virginia back injury lawyer at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can help you receive the compensation you need to help your family through this difficult time. Our lawyer have seen the devastating effects of back injuries, and we understand the burden it places on you and your family. We will fight aggressively to make sure your rights are protected.

A serious back injury can have life altering consequences. Often, it results in ongoing medical treatment and long term care. If your injury prevents you from performing your job, you may be forced to accept employment for lower pay that can be performed with a back injury. This may place additional financial strain on your family. Our lawyer are sensitive to these issues, and we will make sure your claim addresses each of these needs.

For more information, see Types of Spinal Cord Injuries or Back Injury Questions.

Causes of Back Injuries

Some of the most common causes of back injuries include:

Unfortunately, many of these injuries are caused by the negligent actions of others. Our back injury lawyers are here to help you hold the negligent party accountable for your damages.

Back Injury Questions

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What exactly is injured when you hurt your back?

Back injuries can impact any of the following:

  • Muscles
  • Bones of the spine
  • Cartilage pads between the spinal bones (vertebrae)
  • Nerves that run through the vertebrae
  • The spinal cord itself.

The most severe back injuries are to the spinal cord. For the spinal cord to be injured, the spinal bones that encase it have to be injured. All things being equal, the spinal cord is well-protected by the vertebrae. But when these bones are knocked out of alignment or cracked, the spinal cord is easily damaged.

When the nerves are damaged, intense pain can result, as well as numbness or paralysis. This pain, numbness or paralysis would be experienced in the part of the body the damaged nerve runs to. Back muscles can be injured without the nerves or spinal cord being hurt, and these would be comparatively minor injuries.

What is the spinal cord?

The spinal cord is a long cluster of nerve cells and nerve fibers known as axons, which run from the brain through the spinal column (the backbone) to about waist level. Along with the brain, the spinal cord comprises the central nervous system. It sends messages from the brain such as “Catch that ball!” and brings information back to the brain, such as “Ouch! That’s hot!”

How does a spinal cord injury affect the body?

In general, a spinal cord injury will impair sensation (e.g. temperature, texture, and wind), movement, or both. Depending on which part of the spinal cord is damaged, the results will be noticed in different areas of the body. There are four sections of the spinal cord, each one controlling a different part of the body:

  • Cervical – The top eight vertebrae enclose this section and the nerves running out through these vertebrae from the spinal cord control the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back of the head, and diaphragm. Read more about neck injuries.
  • Thoracic – The next twelve vertebrae, whose nerves control the torso and some parts of the arms.
  • Upper Lumbar – The next five vertebrae, whose nerves control the hips and legs.
  • Sacral – The lowest five vertebrae, whose nerves control some parts of the legs, the groin and the toes. The sacral bones are fused together, rather than being separated by cushioning pads.

A complete spinal injury causes paralysis and lack of sensation in the body from that point downwards. Quadriplegia is the term for paralysis of both arms and both legs; paraplegia refers to paralysis of both legs.

A partial spinal injury allows the patient to move or feel with one limb more than the other and creates a one-of-a-kind impairment, each person’s injury being unique to him.

How can your lawyer help me after I have suffered a back injury?

If your back injury was caused by the negligence of another, the attorney at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can help you receive compensation for your damages. We have handled many back injury claims, and we understand the complex issues involved in these cases. We will carefully investigate the events of your accident in order to prove negligence, and we will work with experts to demonstrate the extent of your damages so that you receive a fair settlement. We will fight aggressively to recover damages for:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Please contact our West Virginia back injury lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our back injury lawyer represent back injury victims throughout West Virginia and Southern Ohio including the communities of Belpre, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Athens, Morgantown, Charleston, and Huntington.

Who Might Be Responsible for My Back Injury?

We can handle lawsuits against negligent drivers, employers, property owners, and other liable parties in back injury claims involving:

  • Back surgery
  • Lumbar strain and sprain
  • Herniated discs

Damages in a Back Injury Claim

The seriousness of a back injury or spinal injury depends on how you were hurt and your age. For older people, the injury is usually more serious because older spines are less elastic, and the injury may not heal as quickly. Regardless of how you were injured, you should seek legal representation so you can recover the compensation you deserve. Back injuries are not only incredibly painful and debilitating, they can also last a lifetime and prevent you from having the quality of life that you had prior to your injury.

Our back injury lawyer can help you receive compensation for:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long term care
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life

For further information about back injuries, see our Back Injury Questions page.

If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury, please contact our experienced West Virginia personal injury lawyers today to schedule your initial consultation. Our lawyer represent back injury victims throughout West Virginia and Southern Ohio including the communities of Belpre, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Athens, Charleston, and Huntington.