Back injuries are the most common type of injury claim that causes people to take time off of work. In fact, over a quarter of all claims that caused people to lose time at work were attributed to back injuries, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.
Back injuries are complex, painful, and very immobilizing. Depending on the type and extent of injury, damage to your back can cause short- or long-term disability. If you recently suffered a back injury in an accident, discuss your options with a Toronto back injury lawyer to file a catastrophic injury claim and ensure you’re compensated for your damages.
Types of Back Injuries
The back is comprised of an intricate set of muscles, bones, discs, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves. Damage to any of its components can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your daily life. Some of the types of back injuries in personal injury claims include:
- Back sprains and strains
- Back, neck, and tailbone fractures
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Nerve damage
- Slipped discs
- Painful cramps and spasms
- Spinal cord damage
Back injuries frequently occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and more.
Treatments for back injuries vary according to nature of the damage. For instance, back strains and sprains are usually treated with ice packs, compression, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
For fractures, spinal disc injuries, and spinal cord damage, surgery might be needed, and sometimes multiple surgeries. Activity modification, bracing, and pain medication may be part of the treatment plan, as well.
Other treatments that may be beneficial for back injuries include:
- Doctor-recommended exercises
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
Compensable Damages in a Claim
If you sustained a back injury in an accident such as a slip and fall, auto accident, or any other type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and any other losses by filing a tort claim. There are additional benefits available to you if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident. These benefits are referred to Accident Benefits. Treatments for back injuries are expensive and may be ongoing and long-term. You may have to hire someone to help with housework or errands while you’re incapacitated. These expenses combined with a reduced working capacity can create a serious financial hardship. With the assistance of a Toronto back injury lawyer, you can file a claim to pursue compensation for all your back injury-related damages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Treatments, surgeries, and pain management
- Lost wages
- Lost working capacity or loss of promotion
- The cost of hiring help
- The cost of hiring help
- The effect of your injuries on your daily life and relationships
Contact a Lawyer
For help filing and proving a back injury claim, contact a Toronto back injury lawyer who can help gather evidence to sufficiently prove your injuries, and fight for a fair settlement for your damages.