There are different types of neck and back injuries, all of which can occur due to an automobile or motorcycle accident, slip/trip and fall, or other type of accident. Catastrophic injuries can result, such as brain damage, paralysis and other types of serious injuries, many which may not be noticeable immediately following the accident.
Neck and back injuries impacting the intervertebral discs may include disc herniation, protrusions, extrusions, tears, and bulges, among other injuries, which can become more significant over time. This can cause a severe increase in pain and require various types of extremely invasive and expensive surgery.
Before someone decides whether a neck or back surgery is necessary, he or she should consult with a doctor and qualified surgeon. Such surgeries can be very costly and depending on the procedure required, victims may lose a significant amount of time from work as a result of the lengthy recovery process, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
If a herniated disc does not require surgery it still may have severe, long-term consequences. This type of injury occurs when material inside of the disc presses upon nerves in either the neck or back to cause a significant amount of pain. There are a number of treatments for this condition, with medication and physical therapy two of the most common methods.
The legal team at Christopher Ligori & Associates is aggressive and has accumulated extensive experience handling cases involving injuries to the neck and back. If you have any questions regarding any neck or back injuries and whether they qualify as catastrophic or non-catastrophic in nature, please call the office at 813-223-2929 for a free consultation.