Back Injury Law Firm serving Merrillville & Valparaiso areas

Sarkisian Law Offices: a personal injury law firm with specific experience in injuries of the back, neck and spinal cord. Our offices are based in Lake County & Porter County, Indiana.

Have You Suffered A Back Injury In An Accident?

The back is made up of a complex system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, tissues, and bones which stretch from the neck all the Lawyer for help with compensation owed due to a back injuryway down to the pelvis. Any injury to the back has the potential to cause limitations in mobility, debilitating pain, and devastating paralysis.

Even a seemingly minor accident, like a low-speed vehicle collision, can cause back injuries, in part because the human body simply isn’t designed to absorb jarring impacts.

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), around 31 million Americans experience low-back pain each year. For many of those people, their injuries were caused by another person’s carelessness.

If you have suffered a back injury in a car crash, work injury, slip and fall, or any other type of accident you have every right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney for spine injury in Lake County


Call us today for a Free consultation:

Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998

Causes of Back Injuries

  • Accidents on the road (car, truck, motorcycle)
  • Workplace injury
    • lifting or carrying heavy objects
    • falling from a height
    • accidents on construction sites
    • accidents in factories and steel mills
  • Defective machinery
  • Slip and trips/premises liability
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice

We Pursue Maximum Compensation for Your Losses:

  • past, current and future medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • rehabilitation
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of employment potential
  • permanent disability

Common Symptoms of Back Traumatic Back Injuries:

  • pain in your back
  • pain in your buttocks, hips, legs or feet                Personal injury lawyer for back injuries
  • reduced range of motion in your back
  • numbness, weakness and slower reflexes in your legs
  • muscle spasms in your back

Common Back Injuries Suffered From Accidents

The spine can be divided into three distinct areas: the cervical vertebrae (neck), thoracic vertebrae (upper back), and lumbar vertebrae (lower back).

Thoracic Spine Injuries (Upper Back)

The thoracic spine, or upper back, connects to the ribs and chest region. Sprains and fractures in this area can be very serious and can result in permanent nerve damage. A thoracic spine injury is primarily caused by high velocity auto accidents.

Lumbar Spine Injuries (Lower Back)

The spine of the lower back is the lumbar spine. Doctors sometimes divide lumbar spine injuries into two categories: low and high energy. An example of a low energy injury would be a fender bender is which one car is parked and the other is traveling at 5 mph. A high energy injury would be if you were ejected from your car after a high speed collision.

A back sprain or strain to the lumbar spine can stretch or tear ligaments, tendons or muscles.

Back Sprain

A back sprain involves the stretching or tearing of a ligament, which is tissue that joins bones at the joint. If you fell or contorted your body and hear a tear or a pop, you most likely suffered a back sprain.

This type of back injury causes swelling, bruising, pain, and the inability to move the joint.

Back Strain

A back strain occurs when a muscle or tendon has been stretched, torn, twisted or pulled.

Those who suffer from a back strain experience:

  • muscle spasms
  • pain
  • trouble moving the muscle
  • swelling

Vertebrae fracture

This type of injury results from trauma that breaks the bones of the spine. Most spinal fractures occur in the thoracic (midback) and lumbar spine (lower back) or at the connection of the two.

A vertebrae fracture can occur by slipping and falling on your buttocks or in a car collision.

Symptoms may include

  • extreme pain in the back, thighs, abdominals and hips
  • Loss of urine and stool control
  • numbness, tingling, or weakness in the limbs

Spinal Cord Injury

The most serious back injuries involve the spinal cord. These injuries range from bruising or compression of the spine to permanent damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Often, the prognosis is total or partial paralysis, loss of feeling in certain areas of the body and loss of mobility.

Herniated Disc

Your spinal column is made up of 26 bones (vertebra) which are cushioned by soft, rubbery, and flexible spinal discs. These Learn if your back injury could lead to financial compensationdiscs are a little like a jelly doughnut with a liquid center and tough exterior ring. An injury can sometimes cause the jelly-like liquid center to protrude or bulge outside of the ring. This is known as a slipped or herniated disc.

You can suffer a herniated disc in a variety of ways, including:

  • lifting a very heavy object and twisting your body, which can put strain on the lower back resulting in a slipped disk.
  • sudden, jerking movement in an auto accident can put too much pressure on the disc, causing it to herniate.

It’s possible that you could have felt your disc pop in your spinal column or neck causing immediate and sharp pain. It’s also possible for the pain to have developed days later. If you believe you have popped a disc, insist on a spinal MRI immediately after the injury. If your herniated disc was not diagnosed right away, the insurance company may try to argue that your pain is not the direct result of your accident.

A herniated disc can also irritate nearby nerves causing pain, numbness or weakness to radiate to the neck, back, as well as in an arm or leg.

How Are Back Injuries Diagnosed?

  • X-rays: useful in pinpointing broken bones
  • CT Scans (Computerized Tomography): can analyze soft-tissue or disc damage
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the lumbar spine (the bones, disks, and other structures in the lower back).
  • EMG (Electromyography): used to determine possible nerve or muscle damage
  • SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography)
  • Myelography: diagnostic imaging procedure that injects contrast dye into the spine to look for problems in the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues

How Indiana’s Fault Laws Determine Negligence In Your Back Injury Case

Being in an accident is traumatic enough, but when you are badly hurt due to the carelessness or negligence of another person or entity it can cause your emotions to run especially high.

Examples of negligence may include:

  • a drunk driver lost control of his vehicle causing a collision       Lawyer for representing back injury victims
  • a doctor uses an unsterilized tool, which causes an infection
  • A business owner failing to clean up a spill in a timely fashion, leading to a slip and fall
  • a manufacturer sold a defective ladder

You have every right to seek justice in your case and to recover compensation for your losses. With mounting medical bills, lost wages from the inability to work, and the pain and suffering you have endured, you deserve financial assistance to get your life back on track.

Proving Liability Using The Comparative Fault Rule

Indiana follows a comparative fault rule to determine negligence, meaning that as long as you are less than 50% responsible for the accident you can recover damages — even if you were partly at fault. Subsequently, your reward would be subtracted by your percentage of fault.

For example, if your case is worth $100,000 and you were found to be 10% at fault while the driver who hit you was 90% to blame, your reward would be $90,000.

How Much Is My Back Injury Claim Worth?

The value of your claim takes into account a number of factors, some of which include:

(1) whether there is any prior injury to the part of the back that was injured

(2) what the diagnostic tests show

(3) severity and magnitude of the back injury

(4) impact injury has had on your life; pain and suffering

(5) lost wages, loss of earning capacity

If you have suffered a back injury in a car crash, work injury, slip and fall, or any other type of accident you have every right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

Call us today for a Free consultation:

Merrillville: (219) 942-7171
Valparaiso: (219) 477-3998