We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after an accident involving serious injury. Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced accident attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.
Neck, back and spine injuries are the most common types of injuries that happen in auto accidents. For example, in a rear-end accident the victim’s head is often jerked back and forth rapidly. This sometimes forces the muscles in the neck and back to over stretch and cause severe swelling and pain.
Although most strain and sprain injuries can be resolved with physical therapy or chiropractic treatment, a small percentage of these injuries produce chronic neck and/or back pain.
If you have had a neck, back or spine injury and pain still persists even after therapy, you may have a serious and more permanent kind of injury involving nerve damage. If this is the case, you may need to have an EMG/Nerve Conduction Test to diagnose the problem.
A serious neck or back injury can also involve the disks in your spinal column. The disks in your spinal column are plate-like structures found between the vertebrae in your back and neck. If one or more of these disks are herniated or ruptured, it can put extreme pressure on the spinal nerve roots and cause significant pain. Another type of serious back injury can cause a bone displacement because of traumatic impact.
Typically, an MRI test, CT scan or other advanced imaging technology is performed to identify any potential disk damage (bulging, herniated or ruptured) or an X-ray to disclose possible fractures.
However, soft tissue injuries to the neck and back often are not disclosed by any form of imaging. As a result, recovering reasonable damages for soft tissue injuries is usually more difficult because of the absence of indisputable test results.
Neck and back injuries are often debilitating, and could require expensive surgery, follow-up medical care and physical therapy.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident. Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence. In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident. The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm. We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our neck, back and spine injury clients.
Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client. Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney. Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.