Back injuries are surprisingly common in the U.S., including Massachusetts. About 80% of Americans will sustain a back injury at some point. Of course, these injuries vary significantly in seriousness and duration. A serious spinal cord injury may cause lifelong pain and limitations.
A back injury can happen any time a person suffers a blow, fall, or other jarring motion. Some common causes of back injury include:
Back injuries cover a broad range, from painful muscle spasms or stiffness to spinal cord injuries that may cause significant ongoing problems, including paralysis.
Back injuries, neck injuries, and other spinal cord injuries can be tricky. Whiplash, for instance, is a potentially serious injury caused by the sudden snapping of the head in a traumatic event such as a car accident. Although whiplash can cause ongoing pain (neck, back, and shoulder), limited range of motion, dizziness, severe headaches, fatigue and other symptoms, it isn’t always immediately recognizable.
The same is true for other back and spinal cord injuries. This is partly because pain may increase as muscles clench and compensate, tissues swell, or displaced disks continue to shift. Another reason back and neck injuries may not be noticed immediately is that they often occur from a jarring or jolting motion, without any actual contact. Finally, a person who has been in a traumatic accident such as a motorcycle crash is often in shock, meaning that the sensation of pain is suppressed.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, fall, or other physically jarring event and are uncertain as to whether you need medical attention, err on the side of caution. Spinal injuries and other injuries that may not be immediately apparent can worsen if left undiscovered and untreated. In addition, if you do turn out to be seriously injured, a delay in medical treatment may complicate your claim for damages.
Connect with an experienced back injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Although the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Massachusetts is three years, there are many reasons you will want to secure qualified representation much sooner. For example:
Attorney Kevin J. Broderick has devoted his career to helping people who have been injured through someone else’s fault. He understands how difficult and stressful the aftermath of a serious injury can be, and wants to make it as easy as possible for you to get the help you need.
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Walking seems like a relatively safe way to get around, but the data says otherwise. Between 2007-2016, nationwide pedestrian fatalities rose 27%, reaching nearly 6,000 in 2017. Although Massachusetts saw a small decline in pedestrian deaths from 2016 to 2017, the problem remains serious. More than 800 Massachusetts children are treated in emergency rooms or hospitalized each year as a result of pedestrian injuries.
Unsurprisingly, most pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas, where there is generally more congestion and activity. And, the vast majority occur on sunny or cloudy days, when people are more likely to be walking.
The state of Massachusetts invested in a public information campaign to urge awareness among drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and efforts are underway to make certain roads and intersections safer for both motorists and foot traffic. However, the key to pedestrian safety lies largely with pedestrians themselves and the bicyclists, motorcyclists, and motor vehicle operators they share the roads with.
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