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Back Pain Lawsuits


 According to About.com, back pain costs the U.S. $15 billion per year, for medical care and disability payments.Mechanical lower back pain is the most common complaint expressed to emergency physicians  and accounts for more than 6 million cases annually. As a health problem, back pain is the 3rd most expensive disorder, after heart disease and cancer.

Occupational injury is a big contributor to the country’s back pain woes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in private industry alone, there were approximately 123,000 work related back injuries in 2004. This is roughly around 10% of all on the job injuries reported by private industry. The good news is that the number of back injuries at work is declining: in 2003 there were 132,000 reported cases.3 Productivity suffers as well. While the specific numbers in citable reports vary, rest assured that back problems cost employers many billions of dollars in lost productivity each year.

There are many different typse of back pain. It can be categoried in a number of ways:

  • Acute or Chronic
    • Acute is a word used to describe an injury or illness that comes and goes. Acute injuries come on quickly, have very definite symptoms which can be quite intense, and heal in a relatively brief period of time, usually around 6 weeks. Often, and unfortunately, acute injuries to the back or neck can be the precursor to chronic pain.
    • Chronic pain is also referred to as persistent pain. Doctors generally categorize pain as chronic if the same type of pain in the same place has lasted more than between 3 and 6 months.
  • Specific Back Pain or Non-Specific Back Pain
    • Specific back pain is back pain that is attributable to identifiable conditions such as those listed below. According to the National Pain Foundation, less than 15% of diagnosed back pain cases can be attributed to a particular cause.

      Back Pain Conditions

      • Cervical Spondylosis, or Arthritis of the Neck
      • Spinal Stenosis
      • Spondylolisthesis
      • Cervical Kyphosis
      • Scoliosis
      • Kyphosis
      • Whiplash Injury
    • Non-specific back pain might come from muscles or other vertebral structures. Often non-specific back pain responds well to conservative treatment. The National Pain Foundation has further subcategorized non-specific back pain by type of body system or process causing the pain

      If you or someone close to you sustained a back injury from a motor vehicle accident, or any serious accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain, and other expenses. Accident lawyers can help you.

There are nationally recognized personal injury law firms that have won more than $1.3 billion in client compensations  in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Act Now! The earlier you retain a personal injury lawyer to gather the facts after an accident, the easier it is to build a strong case for fair compensation.

For further information Contact Andrew Calcagno, Esq. at andrew@nynjlaw.net




Source by Calcagno@Associates

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