Oceanside Back Injury Car Accident Lawyer
Being involved in an Oceanside car accident is not only distressing but results in injuries. Those injuries can range from broken bones to torn muscles, and from whiplash to back injuries. It is common for the neck to be involved in back injuries as well. The majority of back injuries are associated with vehicle accidents.
Are you experiencing lower back pain? Suffering from lower back compression? Is your back pain chronic? Do you experience shooting pains while sitting? Do you find it difficult to walk and there is weakness in your upper legs? You mustn’t minimize your injuries or the extent to which you may be hurt. Seek medical help as soon as possible and obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Do you wonder who is going to pay your medical bills and other expenses while you are laid up? Are you concerned about how long you are going to be off work? About how long it is going to take to recover?
You are never alone when you discuss your situation with an Oceanside car accident back injury lawyer at The Levinson Law Group. We give you straight answers to all of your questions, work with you to help you recover, and guide you through the medical and legal challenges you and your family are facing. It is not an easy journey. We are here for you every step of the way.
Medical Help is Important
Medical help after an accident is critically important, not just because you need to have your injuries evaluated, assessed, and treated, but because there is a paper trail created that can be used to file a personal injury claim.
Medical assessment also addresses injuries according to their severity. Every accident is different, as is every injury. You need to know specifically what your injuries involve, how serious they are, how they are going to be treated, and how long it may take to recover.
Get every test recommended. Take all the medications prescribed. Diligently attend any therapy needed. Keep all your doctor’s and therapy appointments. This is proof of your dedication to getting better, shows you were badly injured and working to recover. It means the insurance adjuster cannot use your treatments as a cudgel to reduce or deny your claim.
Medical professionals can further detect any corollary injuries while working you up for a post-accident medical report. All the information in the report from your doctor helps build a back injury claim and for determining the possible compensation you may seek to move forward with your life and live as normally as possible.
Medically speaking, back and neck injuries are often intertwined and this would also affect any personal injury claim seeking compensation for injuries. It is possible to suffer a back injury and a spinal cord injury. However, they do not always happen at the same time.
Common Back Injuries
The most common back injuries include:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae (compression fracture)
- Fracture dislocation
- Extensive bruising
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
Factors Affecting a Back Injury Claim
Our clients ask this question a lot and we give them straight answers. They want to know what factors influence the potential value of a back injury. There are several factors and they include, but are not limited to:
- How severe the injuries are – the more serious the injuries are, the most they cost to diagnose, counterpoise, and restore. The more serious the injuries also affect the length of time a survivor is off work, thus resulting in lost wages. If your spinal cord was also injured, this may result in permanent or partial paralysis, incurring a lifetime of lost earnings.
- The opposite end of the spectrum sees a survivor with bruises, fractures, and other injuries that may heal in a few months. Recoverable damages in an Oceanside back injury car accident may involve, lost income, medical costs, loss of earning capacity, home care, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
- Both drivers had a role in being liable for the accident – a plaintiff and defendant may have contributed to the Oceanside car accident. That means any compensation they may be entitled to be reduced according to each driver’s percentage of negligence. California follows the pure comparative negligence doctrine.
- What happened to cause the crash – if the defendant in an Oceanside car accident was heinous, the plaintiff may also be entitled to punitive damages as well. Punitive damages punish the defendant for their dereliction and aim to deter future negligence.
Never Post Your Back Injury Due to a Car Accident Online
While social media is good to communicate just about everything we can think of, it is not the place to post “any” details about your Oceanside car accident, any of your injuries, or any pictures of the accident scene. This caveat applies to friends and family as well.
Posting anything online about your accident and/or other details can come back to haunt you when the insurance adjuster is checking your social media accounts for information. That information can be used to reduce or deny your back injury claim. The best move to make if you have been injured and sustained a back injury, deactivate any social media you have or do not post for the duration of the claim process. This helps avoid any disputes with the insurance company.
If you cannot deactivate or stay off social media the do the following to protect your claim:
- Change privacy settings to approved followers or friends. Be aware that a claims adjuster could still see those posts via a third-party connection.
- Screen follower/friend requests very carefully. You have no idea who the person is and they may be an employee of the insurance company looking to downgrade your claim.
- Do not post anything relating to the accident, the accident scene, what people said or did, or anything relating to your injuries. Avoid mentioning anything about the accident, the claims process, the insurance company, what is happening at work, or what is happening in your social life. This information is/and can be used by the insurance adjuster to reduce or dismiss your claim.
- Talk to your friends and ask them to not post anything relating to the accident whatsoever. If that looks like it is going to be difficult to accomplish, then do not post anything at all.
- Ask family and friends to not tag you for social events. This could hurt your claim if the insurance adjuster thinks you are out and about when you are claiming it is difficult to walk or you cannot work.
Contact the Levinson Law Group Today
If you or a loved one were involved in an Oceanside car accident, reach out to the Oceanside car accident back injury lawyers at the Levinson Law Group right away. At The Levinson Law Group, our dedicated team of back injury lawyers is here to help.
If you have questions about the recovery process, we can answer them. If you are not sure you want to bring a case against the other driver, we will not pressure you. We only want to make sure that you are informed and make the best decision for yourself and your family.
When you decide to work with the Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. To learn more about your options, call the Levinson Law Group at 760-827-1700. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the cost.