Back injuries can cause debilitating pain and can result in paralysis, loss of mobility and a whole host of other issues. Lawyers in Maine often see victims of car accidents and motorcycle accidents who have suffered back injuries, but other types of accidents can also cause back injuries. Some of the types of accidents include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents – Victims who slip on wet floors or floors that have been overly waxed or who trip over debris left in walkways can suffer back injuries.
- Car and truck accidents – Because victims involved in car accidents and truck accidents are often violently jolted in their seats, it is possible they can suffer long-term back problems, including bulging disks, ruptured disks and other back injuries.
Back injuries may develop over time rather than from any single incident. A personal injury lawyer can work with you to determine if your back injury was either caused by or made worse by an accident. If another party is legally at fault for the accident, you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries.
Why Should I Work With a Lawyer in Maine?
Every state has its own set of personal injury statutes. One of the statutory rules to be aware of in Maine is what is known as “comparable fault.” Other statutory rules to be aware of are the statutes of limitations that control the deadlines for when a lawsuit must be brought. These deadlines can vary depending on the facts of a case.
What is Comparative Fault?
Comparative fault means that if you are injured because of someone else’s fault, a determination must be made to see if you could be partially responsible for the injury. If the defendant at fault in a personal injury lawsuit can prove the victim was partially at fault as well, the damage award may be reduced, although the reduction and the amount of the reduction are not automatic.
When Should I Seek Legal Advice After a Back Injury?
Most lawyers will tell you that any time you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident that was preventable, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer. The fact is that you need someone who will serve as your advocate and help fight for the compensation you may be due. In most personal injury cases, the typical compensation includes payment for:
- Medical bills – Any medical bills you incur as a result of an accident, including rehabilitation therapy, nursing care, doctors’ visits, tests and pain medications, may be recoverable.
- Lost wages – Victims who have lost time from work as a result of an accident in which they suffered a back injury should be entitled to recover their lost wages related to the accident injuries.
When you are involved in any kind of accident, getting immediate medical attention is crucial. Keep in mind that even though you may think you are not hurt at the scene of the accident, victims of accidents may have an adrenaline rush that masks the immediate symptoms. The sooner you seek medical care, the better the outcome for your injuries.
Regardless of the circumstances of the accident that resulted in your back injuries, consider calling the personal injury lawyers at Fales & Fales, P.A., at (888) 526-9408. As a dedicated team of local personal injury attorneys, we will review your case and help you determine the best way to proceed. Consultations are free, and if we take your case, you pay us nothing unless we are successful in winning a recovery on your behalf. Contact us through this form.