Injury & Accident Attorneys Serving Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman & All Of Oklahoma
The spinal column is responsible for your body’s mobility. Unfortunately, critical structures connected to the spine in the back and neck are two of the most common areas to suffer trauma in an accident.
Whether you were injured at work or hurt in a car accident, Johnson & Biscone, P.A. can provide qualified assistance in your time of need. Please call 405-232-6490 for a free consultation. Our attorneys serve all of Oklahoma City and nearby areas including Norman, Edmond, and more.
Types of Neck and Back Injuries
In some cases, back and neck pain will resolve on its own. However, many injury victims suffer severe and chronic pain and loss of function in the neck and/or back after a traumatic event.
Examples of serious neck and back injuries our clients report include:
- Whiplash: Caused by sudden back and forth motion of the neck; commonly occurs in car accidents
- Neck and back sprains: Soft tissue gets twisted and can even rupture, causing severe pain and diminished movement
- Disc injuries: A slipped, bulging, or herniated disc affects the spongy areas sitting between the vertebrae of the spine, resulting in pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness at or below the site of the injury
- Pinched nerve: Nerve pain and diminished sensation that occurs when a nearby structure (such as a slipped or bulging disc) applies pressure
Symptoms of these neck and back injuries don’t always present at the scene of an accident. In addition, X-rays don’t detect soft tissue damage, so even qualified medical personnel can miss the injury on initial exam.
One of the most important steps you can take in order to preserve the integrity of your personal injury case is getting a full record of all of your injuries. Attorneys at Johnson & Biscone, P.A. will review your medical records and discuss the next steps for pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Serious injuries and accidents can also result in vertebrae fractures and other damage to the spinal cord. Injuries to the spinal cord are often devastating. Spinal damage can cause:
- Total or partial paralysis
- Loss of sensation in the arms, hands, legs, and/or feet
- Muscle spasms
- Impaired breathing, digestion, and/or sexual function
Spinal cord injury often requires extensive, possibly lifelong medical care and rehabilitation. The costs -- financial, physical, and emotional -- for the affected individuals and their families are extreme.
Is it Possible to Recover from a Neck, Back, or Spinal Cord Injury?
Recovery from a neck, back, or spinal cord injury depends on several factors:
- The severity of injury
- Your physical health at the time of injury
- Steps taken immediately after injury to minimize damage
- Other elements unique to each case
An injury doesn’t need to be permanent for you to seek compensation. Even temporary injuries can result in economic losses and untold amounts of pain and suffering.
How Long Does it Take to Settle Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injury Claims?
Personal injury claims settled during mediation are typically resolved within six months to a year. However, those requiring a jury trial may take two or more years to reach a verdict.
Our attorneys prepare every claim for trial to make sure you are represented no matter which direction your claim takes. During your time as our client, we will keep you up to date on all developments and include you in every decision regarding these options.
Can I Seek Compensation if I Played a Role in My Accident?
Oklahoma follows a “modified comparative fault” rule that allows injury victims to file a claim as long as they are no more than 50 percent liable for an accident. However, if it is determined that you contributed to your accident and you are awarded a settlement or verdict, the amount you are awarded will be reduced by the amount you are found to be responsible.
For example, if your accident results from a slip and fall that you are found to be 30 percent responsible for, you will only be eligible for 70 percent of the total award.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injuries in Oklahoma?
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. You must file within this time to be eligible to take legal action. We encourage you to file before the two-year time limit expires to help protect your options and rights.
Seek Compensation for Your Back or Neck Injuries In Oklahoma City, OK!
Attorneys at Johnson & Biscone have experience pursuing justice on behalf of clients who have suffered debilitating injury to the back, neck, and spine. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including hospital treatment, surgery, and home care
- Adaptive devices like wheelchairs and braces
- Household and vehicle modifications
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and diminished earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Schedule Your Back & Neck Injury Consultation At Johnson & Biscone, P.A.
If you or a loved one suffered a back or neck injury on the road, at work, or anywhere in the Oklahoma City area, Johnson & Biscone, P.A. can help. Call 405-232-6490 for a free consultation. Or, you can fill out the form in our contact page for your one-on-one back and neck injury consultation. Our attorneys serve clients in Edmond, Norman, and nearby areas of Oklahoma.