Nashville Back and Neck Injury Attorneys Protect Your Rights
Fighting for the rights of the injured throughout Tennessee from offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville
While the human back is incredibly strong, it is also a complex network of nerves, muscle, bone and tissue held together in a delicate structure that supports everything we do with our bodies. Most people don’t give their backs a single thought until it has been injured in an accident, and they are experiencing pain and limited range of motion. Back injuries are one of the most common injuries from car accidents.
Neck injuries are another common injury suffered in auto accidents. Pinched nerves, neck sprain and neck strain also occur in car accidents when there is hyperextension and then hyper flexion of the head at the moment of impact. The body, which had been traveling at whatever rate of speed it was moving makes a sudden impact causing the head to make a violent swing backward and then forward, or from side to side in a side impact accident. These powerful g-forces put tremendous pressure on the delicate structures of the neck and spine causing painful, debilitating injuries.
When you have suffered a back and neck injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you may have many questions and wonder how to proceed. Nashville personal injury attorney Rocky McElhaney and his team at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm are here to help. From our offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, we offer you sound legal guidance that will help you to obtain the compensation you deserve for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and the emotional distress caused by the trauma of the accident. When you need a fighter on your side, RML is ready.
Common types of back injuries from auto accidents
A twinge, a tightening, a sharp pain when you walk: all of these are signs of a back injury. Depending on the type of accident, how fast the vehicle was traveling and several other variables, there are several different types of back and neck injuries you might end up with. At our firm, we regularly help people who have suffered from:
- Bulging disks
- Herniated disks
- Slipped disks
- Compression fractures
- Extruded disks
- Pinched nerves (radiculopathy)
- Neck sprains or strains, commonly referred to as “whiplash”
- Broken bones
Sometimes you injury can be fixed with rest, sometimes with medical treatment. But there is always a chance that your back injury will cause a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Car wrecks cause serious injury. One of those injuries is a disc injury to the spine. There are generally four kinds of disc injuries. Looking at our spine model, which we have in our office to help us illustrate to the juries and to the insurance companies what your injury is, we can determine where the disc is and where the vertebrae is.
First a disc can be bulged, after bulging the second phase is a herniation, after herniation there’s a protrusion, and then an extrusion. These get worse in order I mentioned them.
A bulging disc is a disc here that’s slightly out from its recommended or neutral place. A herniated disc is a tear in the lining of the disc, the outer part of the disc. A rupture or protrusion is when the inside part, called the nucleus pulposus, leaks out and could get onto the nerve. And an extrusion is where the inner part is completely out and broken off and floating within inside the spinal canal. When the disc comes out, it irritates these yellow nerves, which can send nerve impulses, pain, burning and tingling feelings either down your arms if it’s a neck injury, or down your legs if it’s a back injury.
If you have these symptoms after a car wreck, it’s most likely you do have some type of disc injury. The way doctors determine if you have a disc injury is to perform an MRI scan, which is a high-tech medical device, which is made specifically to determine injuries to these type of small soft tissues. An x-ray is for bone. An MRI is for more disc material.
Residual or permanent back and neck injuries
Depending on your age and your level of health and fitness, you might recover fully from your back or neck injury, or you could be dealing with the residual effects of the injury for the rest of your life, If your your pain and suffering is caused by a spinal cord injury, you might face permanent paralysis, and need lifelong care. When you are facing life with residual pain and limited range of motion from a back and neck injury you must make sure that you have the services of one of our experienced Nashville injury lawyers here at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm at your disposal.
Going the extra mile for our clients
When you are trying to heal from an injury, you don’t want to have to worry about insurance claims or preparing for a lawsuit; that’s our job. At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we are here to fight for your rights to compensation for your injuries. We understand that it sometimes take years before your back and neck are fully healed, and how this might cause you to lose income and incur ongoing medical expenses. We take all of these factors into consideration when preparing your case and our “Gladiators in Suits” never back down in the fight for the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.
Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today. We have your back.
A serious back or neck injury can keep you out of work or away from your family and the things you love. We think you deserve better than that, and we’re not afraid to stand up to those who put their profits ahead of your recovery. Call the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today at 615-425-2500 or by filling out our contact form, and schedule your free consultation at our offices in Nashville, Hendersonville or Knoxville. We always fight for you.