Depending on the severity, a back injury can take days or years to heal. Minor back pain can come from a strain from lifting too much or standing for a long workday. It will likely go away on its own in time. However, really painful and damaging injuries might take months or years to heal.
In other words, no article can tell you how long it will take you to recover from your injury. You will want to see your doctor sooner rather than later to diagnose the actual problem. This way, you can start treatment before your injury gets worse.
Understanding Your Back Injury
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization reports that back pain is among the leading causes of disability worldwide. If you have suffered a preventable injury or have been denied disability, you could have a right to utilize legal avenues for compensation.
While back pain is prevalent, injuries to this area can range from mild to severe or even life-threatening, so the legal implications are significant.
Types of Back Injuries
If you’re filing a disability claim, you must understand the causes and types of back injuries you may be experiencing since the symptoms may indicate a more serious problem.
- Injuries to the back can either result from chronic conditions or an acute incident.
- Acute incidents result from a one-time incident, such as a car accident.
- Your pain could be due to a car crash, work accident, or surgery gone wrong, making it easier to assign fault.
After suffering a sprain, strain, fractured vertebrae, or herniated disk, you could seek damages. Even minor accidents can cause back pain. You could still secure compensation from a “minor” accident, though.
Signs and Symptoms of Back Injuries That Could Entitle You to Damages
More often than not, back injuries aren’t brought to your attention until there’s a lot of pain in that area. However, you must be mindful that your back is incredibly delicate and houses your spinal nerve. This means damage to the nerve could result in pain in unexpected places, such as fingertips or neck.
Back pain could be a sign something much more serious is wrong, as it could be a signal of something serious, and you’ll need to be seen right away. Even if your symptoms do not seem like a “big deal” to you at the moment, consider getting checked out right away. This is especially important if you’ve been in an accident. Why take a chance on your health?
Recovery Options That Could Benefit Your Back Injury
Depending on the route you choose, these things may help with your recovery:
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle modifications
- A combination of treatment regimens
A bad back injury could fully heal within a couple of months with help from a therapist. If surgery is required, you may need additional time to recuperate. Conditions like a herniated disc or spinal fractures require specialized, compassionate care.
Whatever injury you suffered, prioritize following your doctor’s orders and recommendations. This can protect your health and your chance at compensation.
Chronic Pain vs. Injury: How It Affects Your Claim
When it comes to filing a claim, the different injuries can make a big difference. Chronic cases of pain are much harder to trace than injuries from accidents or acute injuries. Your lawyer will search for and compile evidence that supports your claim. We will prove your pain connects to your accident, fall, or surgery.
A chronic situation generally involves injuries caused by strain or lifting too much. Workplace hazards, medical malpractice, or disease can lead to slipped discs, strained muscles, or even potential nerve damage. For example, an employer could be liable if they’ve required employees to lift heavy objects, work in dangerous conditions, or break federal regulations.
You Could Secure Damages for Your Back Injury and Related Losses
Fighting for compensation could help you pay for your injury-related losses. It can also give you a sense of closure and justice because you can hold the responsible party accountable for the way they hurt you. Financial recovery formally acknowledges the pain and upset you’ve experienced – negligence has changed your life (temporarily or for good).
Even if you don’t require surgery, medical bills can add up fast. Then, there’s the time off work, the emotional trauma of the injury, lost income, and other expenses like transportation to medical appointments.
How Could a Lawyer Help Me With My Back Injury Case?
The most important thing to do when you are hurt is to see a doctor and treat your injuries. The next step is to find an attorney to support you.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can valuate your case and get you on track to recover fair damages. We have helped thousands like you and have the client testimonials¹ to prove it. You can reach out now by calling (843) 779-1777. Get started with a free consultation, where we can talk about your back injury and how long it could take to heal.