Back pain and loss of mobility due to back injuries is increasingly common. In fact, low-back pain related to back injuries is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, the most common reason for missing work, and the second most common reason for going to the doctor.
Some of the most typical causes of back injuries include: sports injuries, car accidents, falls due to ice or stairs, and injuries from lifting or bending doing yard work or job-related physical labor.
Back injuries with debilitating effects include herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, and sprains and strains. These injuries can cause both pain and limited movement, many times requiring rest, icing, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.
Many people who suffer from back injuries are not able to participate in the activities they previously enjoyed. Some are no longer able to work as a result of the pain or immobility. And still others are not able to do simple daily tasks around the house, such as chores or taking care of young children.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a back injury as a result of a personal injury in the Chicago area from a car accident or negligible fall, work-related injury, or a medical malpractice while under the treatment of a medical professional, it is best to seek legal counsel from a back injury attorney. A brief phone conversation with one of our experienced back injury lawyers in Schaumburg will help you determine whether you have a strong case and even give an estimate of the potential settlement you may be entitled to receive.
The short answer is yes. Even if heavy lifting is in your job description, and you and your company were observing safety protocols, you are likely still eligible for worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation does not require negligence to pay. However, if you weren’t observing safety regulations or lied about your strength abilities to get the job, etc., your damage award may be reduced in court.
Most, if not all, gyms require you to sign a waiver accepting responsibility for your own use of the equipment. However, there are certain cases, like equipment defects and malfunctions, slippery floors, and harmful advice from trainers that can make the gym liable for at least part of your injuries.
Like gyms, recreational equipment facilities often require patrons to sign a release form/waiver before surfing/skiing/etc. But they are still responsible for the conditions of the surf/mountain, the reliability of their equipment, and the qualifications/judgment of their trainers and instructors.
Premises liability law makes property owners responsible for reasonable upkeep for their premises. In Illinois, the Snow and Ice Removal act specifically exempt “natural accumulations” of snow and ice from the reasonable upkeep of a property. However, “natural accumulations” are disputable in court, and you may still be able to receive compensation for your back injuries.
Even if you were at fault for a car accident, certain defects in the vehicle may be found to have exacerbated your injuries. The most common defects in cars are the airbags, brakes, and tires. If any of these defective features were found to have contributed to your injuries, you can sue the vehicle or parts manufacturer for at least part on your medical expenses.