Los Angeles Fractured Spine Compression Lawyer
When the bones in the lower spine break due to trauma, several medical descriptions exist. Terms include cervical-lumbar compression fractures, ruptures, breaks, cracks, or fissures. Some doctors call this a “vertebral compression fracture,” for example.
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In most cases, this type of fracture takes an extreme force to do the damage. But for every rule, an exception exists. But the elderly, or cancer patients have become brittle. Lower impacts on weak people like them can be tragic. The same goes for women with osteoporosis. A small stumble quickly means permanent harm.
What Are the Annual Stats on Spine Fractures?
It is estimated each year that 150,00 people in the U.S. are stricken with spinal fractures. Further, at least 12,000 people suffer from spine disorders. Also, this includes an estimated 6,000 back injury deaths.
Ehline Law Firm spinal cord injury attorneys remain the "go-to" lawyers for back injuries. We have achieved remarkable success in court for winning cases.
Also, out of court, people praise us for our excellent service. After all, we promptly return customer calls. We also keep clients apprised of the latest case matters. If you suffered a severe lumbar break, we stand ready to assist you right now at (213) 596-9642.
What is the Lumbar Compression Fracture Symptoms?
When a fracture of the spine bones takes place, wide-ranging symptoms present themselves. And this affects suffering people in many ways. The severity of the break determines the pressure placed on the spinal cord. So some breaks are mildly painful. But others feel worse. Still, others lead to termination of life.
The symptoms include:
- Numbness: numbness might exist in the back or legs. Lack of feeling presents itself in severe cases.
- Weakness: if nerve damage exists, weakness or tingling sometimes occurs in the back of the legs.
- Pain: a possible symptom of a fracture. Also, it usually happens in the lower back. Furthermore, it will be felt in the upper back, neck, hips, and abdomen in some instances.
- Paralysis: when the fracture involves the spinal cord, partial or permanent paralysis could occur.
- Urination and Bowel Problems: lumbar compression fractures place pressure on the spinal cord. Also, it impairs a person’s ability to urinate or have bowel movements.
How Do You Get Your Fracture Diagnosis?
When trauma causes a cervical/lumbar fracture, the person could feel pain right away. To have this fracture diagnosed and treated, you need medical care. The physician will order spine testing. This trauma determines the amount of damage done to that point.
- X-Rays: The physician will order x-rays. These will be able to identify a fracture and where it has occurred.
- CT Scan: Doctors sometimes order a CAT scan, also known as a CT scan. Sometimes x-rays prove insufficient. Also, Scans prove more intricate. Scans help determine fracture stability. And they provide a different view.
- MRI: if the physician suspects nerve damage has occurred, they should order an MRI. Further, this will allow a look at the soft tissue around the spine. And it will show any abnormalities.
How Do Compression Fractures Happen?
Compression fractures also naturally occur. Sometimes degenerative diseases like osteoporosis or cancer get diagnosed. These could cause vertebral compression fractures. So these illnesses weaken the bones of the spine. Trauma to the spine bones also causes fractures in healthy people. Most of all, accidents causing fractures stem from slip/falls and car accidents.
How Do You Pay for Your Back Injury Medical Treatment?
Treatments for cervical-lumbar compression fractures depend on the severity and type. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures exist. But these will depend on if the fractures stay stable or unstable. Stable fractures sometimes heal if you keep the pressure off. Usually, the patient wears a brace.
Use of a brace, rest, medications, and physical therapy help to heal you. These methods assist in strengthening the muscles. So this will allow for the healing of the injury. But unstable fractures or those that caused nerve or tissue damage mostly need surgery. Last, other treatments could be indicated. Pain injections called "epidurals" often become prescribed, for example.
This will include:
- Surgical Decompression: This type of surgery involves reducing the pressure on the affected area. This surgery gets done by manually manipulating the bone and ligaments. If the pressure remains on a nerve or spinal cord, surgical bone removal may be indicated.
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty: Many of these treatments remain controversial. Also, they might fail to work on all types of spinal fractures. These procedures involve cement injections in the fracture location. This procedure helps assist in spinal stability.
- Surgical Fusion: To heal, sometimes the vertebrae need screws, rods, and hooks. These get surgically implanted in patients to stabilize the fractured bone. Bone grafting has also been a typical procedure used. But the surgeries have a high risk of infection and failure.
How Do You Get Your Compression Fracture Prognosis?
Many compression fractures remain capable of healing if treated. However, some treatments lead to paralysis and death. Even people helped by non-surgical treatment will need perhaps three months to heal. And folks who need surgery need several months to recover.
Was Your Compression Fracture or Back Injury From an Accident? If So, Call Ehline Law Firm Now For Help!
Ehline Law Firm has provided reliable legal help. We have won money for those suffering from cervical and lumbar injuries. These clients sustained injuries in various ways.
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Work-related accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
Also, our lawyers remain honed, assertive, and illustrious. We have a no holds barred style. And we go toe to toe battling belligerent insurance companies. We have no fear of fighting and defeating their army of defense attorneys. Our confident and caring forte remains to manage and mastering extremely contentious medical cases. This expertise includes help with disc bursts and compression fractures. We understand how evil insurance companies look at these injuries. And we know how to turn things around to get you a recovery that might seem like a windfall. It is so dang good!
So we use this knowledge to obtain the highest possible payout. We win money for your wounds. Contact us for free legal advice. Call at your earliest convenience and talk with a good listener who knows the civil courts and the civil accident law system. Once we hear you out, we can develop a game plan and get your life back into a positive trajectory. In furtherance of our friendly relationship-building process, we offer a free legal consultation. And as always, it's confidential whether you retain our services or go with another less qualified accident law firm in a city nearest you. Call (213) 596-9642 and discover the Ehline Law difference now. Don't let the time to sue expire and lose everything.
1. Taber, Clarence Wilbur; Venes, Donald (2009). Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary. F.A. Davis. pp. 2173–4.