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New Haven Back & Neck Injury Attorney

New Haven Back & Neck Injury Attorney

Injuries to the back and neck can be painful and may limit your daily activities. Back and neck injuries can cause disability and prevent you from returning to work at your normal capacity. Injuries to the back are among the most common outcomes of accidents, including car accidents, workplace accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Suffering a significant injury to your back or neck is always painful and distressing, but it’s even more traumatic when you sustain this type of significant injury due to an act of negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing by someone else.

If your back or neck injury was preventable if only another party had taken reasonable action to prevent harm, you deserve compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. A New Haven Back and neck injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your economic damages and pain and suffering.

Common Back and Neck Injuries from Accidents

Whether your injury occurred at work, in a car accident, or from a slip-and-fall accident on a commercial property, the party at fault is responsible for your damages according to Connecticut’s fault-based insurance law. Common back and neck injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken vertebrae
  • Herniated discs
  • Cervical lumbar sprains
  • Neck fractures
  • Thoracic spine injuries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint injuries
  • Pinched nerves
  • Compressed discs
  • Spinal cord injury with paralysis

Nearly 80% of Americans sustain a back or neck injury in their lifetime. Studies indicate that back and neck injuries account for about a quarter of all injury-related work absences. In an at-fault state like Connecticut, a personal injury attorney can be the key to recovering your financial losses so you can focus your energy on healing from your injury.

The Debilitating Impacts of a Back or Neck Injury

Most neck and back pain stem from a damaged disc or soft-tissue injury. Chronic pain often results from these injuries. Because the human ability to walk upright depends on the stability of the back, neck, and spine, pain in these regions can be debilitating and long-lasting with the following effects:

  • Pain in the upper back, lower back, or neck
  • Pain in the extremities
  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Inflammation
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Paralysis

When the injury includes spinal cord damage, it can cause permanent paralysis of the body below the damaged section of the spinal cord. Serious back injuries can result in either temporary or permanent disability.

Liability in Back Injuries in Connecticut 

Connecticut’s at-fault insurance law requires the plaintiff (injury victim) to prove liability on the part of the person or entity at fault by a preponderance of the evidence. This means proving the following points to meet the state’s legal definition of liability:

  • That the party at fault had a duty of care to take reasonable action to prevent injury to you and others such as an employer’s duty to ensure a safe work environment or a driver’s duty to follow the traffic laws
  • That the at-fault party failed in this duty by a negligent or reckless action
  • That the breach of their duty of care caused your back or neck injury
  • That you’ve suffered significant damages from the injury, including physical and economic damages

Once your New Haven back and neck injury lawyer has investigated the unique circumstances of your accident and demonstrated clear liability on the part of the responsible party, they can craft a compelling case for you to recover damages through the at-fault party’s liability insurance.

Recovering Compensation for Damages After a Back or Neck Injury

Navigating fault-based insurance law in Connecticut can be challenging. A New Haven personal injury lawyer from Weber and Rubano, LLC, can demonstrate liability, determine the appropriate insurance company, and calculate damages.

Back and neck injuries can quickly become expensive. You may be unable to resume work at your usual productivity level or you may be unable to work at all—especially if your job involved physical labor or long hours either standing or sitting. A successful personal injury claim can help you gain compensation for the following:

  • The medical expenses from the initial injury treatment
  • Any future medical expenses you’re likely to incur from ongoing treatment, therapies, equipment, or procedures
  • Lost wages and future lost income
  • Diminished future earning capacity if you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury or debilitating back or neck injury
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Other appropriate non-economic damages like loss of life quality or loss of consortium (the ability to enjoy a full relationship with a romantic partner and/or the ability to enjoy normal activities with your children)

The Connecticut court allows financial compensation for intangible damages like pain and suffering as a way to redress the harm caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another. Even though a monetary payout or award can’t erase pain and suffering, it can relieve undue financial burdens while you heal.

Do I Need to Go to Court for a New Haven Back or Neck Injury Claim?

The overwhelming majority of back and neck injury claims settle out of court through negotiations with the insurance company of the party at fault for the injury. Only about 4-5% of personal injury cases, including back and neck injury lawsuits, proceed to courtroom litigation. A diligent personal injury attorney from the law firm of Weber & Rubano, LLC, will strongly argue your case to achieve an ample settlement for your damages. Our team is also more than ready to go to court if required to secure compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations on Back Injury Claims

Preventable back injuries caused by negligence on the part of someone else fall under Connecticut’s personal injury law. The state places a time limit on personal injury lawsuits in order to ensure that plaintiffs file lawsuits while evidence is still easily available and eyewitness testimony remains fresh. This statute of limitations also serves to prevent defendants from living with the ongoing threat of lawsuits long after the initial incident.

Connecticut has a 2-year statute of limitations on back and neck injury claims. If it takes some time to develop effects from the injury or to connect the injury to an accident, the statute of limitations may extend to 2 years from the date of the discovery but no more than 3 years after the accident. 

For workers’ compensation benefits, employees must file a claim within one year of the injury.

Why Choose Us?

The New Haven back & neck injury lawyers at Weber & Rubano have decades of experience navigating Connecticut’s complex personal injury laws to gain the maximum compensation for our clients. When someone else was at fault for the debilitating back and neck pain you’ve suffered, you deserve compensation. Our compassionate attorneys are ready to hear about your injury in a free consultation so we can form a strong strategy to recover your losses. Call our New Haven office today for diligent, cost-effective representation.