Many Americans suffer from occasional or frequent back pain. Back injuries can range from mild to severe. In some severe cases, back injuries can prohibit the sufferer from working and maintaining meaningful employment. There are many causes of back injuries ranging from motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, and injuries from overuse.
If you have suffered a back injury as a result of another person or business’s negligence, we can help. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Pulvers Thompson fight for their client’s right to compensation for their back injuries. Contact our New York City law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents can Cause Serious Back Injuries
1.4 million New York City households own a car. Every day, millions of people drive and walk through the congested New York City streets. It is no wonder that New York City motor vehicle accidents are common. Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents are at risk of severe back injuries. When the driver of a car flies through a red light and strikes a pedestrian, the injured person may die or suffer an acute spine or back injury.
Car accidents frequently lead to middle and lower back injuries. The force that occurs in a car accident can compress the spine and cause bulging or herniated discs. In serious car accidents, recovering from back injuries requires extensive physical therapy and in rare cases, surgery.
Workplace Accidents can Cause Serious Back Injuries
Businesses must provide their employees with safe working conditions. Employers might be liable for the injuries of their employees if their negligence caused the injuries. Insufficient employee training often leads to workplace back injuries. If a company expects its employees to lift heavy objects frequently, the company should provide instructions on how to live and carry heavy objects while avoiding a back injury.
Fatigue and rushing can also lead to back injuries in the workplace. If employees are regularly expected to meet unreasonable deadlines, they may feel rushed and make poor decisions. Many workplace back injuries happen at the end of the day when employees are rushing to meet deadlines and not focusing on safety procedures.
Public Transportation Accidents can Cause Serious Back Injuries
New Yorkers should be able to trust New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The MTA is in charge of operating New York City’s subways, local buses, express buses, and the commuter rail service. Unfortunately, MTA construction workers, subway drivers, and other employees can negligently cause severe back injuries.
In April 2019, the MTA awarded $110 million to a man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a 10-foot railroad tie fell on him. The man was riding his bike when the massive tie crushed his back, causing severe back and spine injuries. In this instance, the MTA failed to barricade the area in which they were working. As a result of his severe neck and back injuries, the man lost his ability to walk and must live in a skilled nursing facility.
We can Help
If you have suffered a back injury due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Pulvers Thompson can help. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.