Back & Neck Injury

The Lawler Firm is dedicated to personal injury law. My name is Stephen M. Lawler, and I offer comprehensive personal injury representation to victims across the Tampa Bay area. After seeing the devastating effects of back and neck injuries, I know that common accidents can threaten the lives of victims and their families. That is why I am devoted to smoothing your way to recovery and helping you obtain relief.

Back and Neck Injuries from Everyday Activities

One of the most vital parts of the human skeleton is the spinal column. Essential nerves run through and around the back, allowing sensory communication between the brain and other parts of the body. In addition, a complex network of nerves known as the brachial plexus is situated between the neck and the shoulders. This is the most important nerve complex we have. Any damage to the neck or back alters brain and skeletal function, causing serious harm. Some back and neck injuries are fatal. Injuries to this area are often caused by:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Struck by falling object
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Sports-related injury
  • Mistakes in delivery
Most Back and Neck Injuries Cause Permanent Damage

Nerves in and around the spinal cord are essential to everyday function. They are responsible for the complicated motor and cognitive skills that help us get through life. Without these skills, we cannot perform everyday activities, hold down a job, or care for ourselves. This is because injury to the neck and back “cuts off” communication below the level of injury, affecting certain areas of the body. If the injury is at the neck level, the brain cannot exchange signals with the rest of the body. If the injury is lower, victims may have only partial use of their limbs. Consequences of back and neck injuries include:

  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Cerebral, Erb’s palsy
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Loss of body, organ function
Back and Neck Injuries Caused by Negligent Driving

Most accidents leading to back and neck injuries are caused by negligence. This refers to the breach of a legal duty owed to another. In car accidents, for example, motorists breach a legal duty by driving recklessly and causing an accident that injures others. Negligent driving often involves one or more of the following:

  • Intoxication
  • Traffic violations
  • Speeding, swerving
  • Failure to pay attention
  • Tailgating, rubbernecking

If the accident results in neck and back injury, at-fault drivers are liable for any damage arising out of their negligence. This may include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Injuries Caused by Premises Liability

Slip-and-fall injuries are another example of preventable accidents that can cause permanent harm. Property owners have a duty to protect invitees from this danger by eliminating or repairing dangerous conditions that could cause a fall. Victims could easily sustain neck and back injuries from tripping or falling on:

  • Slippery floors
  • Spilled beverages
  • Poorly lit hallways
  • Falling merchandise
  • Moving boat, vehicle
  • Uneven steps, pavement

When a dangerous condition on the property causes a person to fall, the owner may be liable for any resulting injuries. In order to establish premises liability, the victim must show that the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable steps to eliminate or repair it.

Contact a Back & Neck Injury Lawyer in the Tampa Bay Area to Obtain Full Compensation

If you suffer from a neck or back injury, an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can help. Located in Brandon, the Lawler Firm has successfully handled many types of neck and back injury cases, recovering compensation for victims across Florida. As a former prosecutor, I know how to present persuasive evidence in the most favorable light. I am dedicated to ensuring you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled under the law. I know that neck and back injuries result in extensive losses for continuing care. That is why I work diligently to recoup future losses and secure your financial future. Call now (813) 431-4470. Free Consultation.

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