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​How Much Is My Back Injury Worth in a Lawsuit?

​How Much Is My Back Injury Worth in a Lawsuit?

Your back injury may recover a significant amount in a lawsuit. However, nobody can project the specific value of your injury without having greater detail about the nature of your ailment.

You can hire a back injury attorney to evaluate your symptoms, determine your medical needs, identify how the injury has affected you, and demand fair compensation through a claim or lawsuit.

Back injuries can cause chronic pain and other symptoms that require extensive medical care. Such symptoms can also interfere with your life in a significant way, which may add to the value of your financial recovery.

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Factors That Influence the Value of a Back Injury Lawsuit

Valuing a back injury can be as complicated as the injury itself. Your lawyer will need to weigh many factors when calculating the value of your insurance claim or lawsuit, and they will evaluate:

The Details of Your Back Injury

The specific type of back injury you suffer will be relevant in determining your treatment needs and valuing your case.

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Some common types of back injuries include:

  • Herniated disks
  • Broken vertebrae
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Puncture injuries

If you suffer one of these or any other type of back injury, your lawyer will work with your doctors to learn about your injury and symptoms.

The Severity of Your Pain

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of back injuries, and in many cases, back pain is debilitating. Severe pain may limit your mobility, cause intense emotional and psychological hardship, and drastically harm your quality of life.

Your pain will and its duration or permanence will play a key consideration in your lawyer’s calculation of your damages.

Your Recovery Timetable

You should recover fair compensation for your time dealing with a back injury. Therefore, the longer you suffer from injury-related symptoms, the more compensation you may receive.

The Degree to Which Your Injury Interferes with Your Life

Each back injury is unique, as are the lives of those suffering from back injuries.

Your attorney will consider the extent to which:

  • You suffer pain from your back injury
  • You lose physical abilities because of pain and other injury-related symptoms
  • You are unable to engage in professional duties
  • Your quality of life suffers because of your injury

The degree to which you suffer mentally and emotionally because of your injury is also relevant to how much your back injury is worth.

The Unique Details of Your Life

Each back injury victim’s personal details matter when leading a lawsuit.

Some considerations that may pertain to your case include:

  • How much you earn
  • How old you are
  • Your unique response to psychological and emotional adversity
  • How an injury affects your family life and personal relationships

Your attorney will consider every relevant detail as they calculate your case value and fight for the compensation you deserve.

The Complicated Nature of Back Injuries Can Lead to High Case Values

Some injuries are more complicated than others. The back is a complex network of bones, nerves, and muscles; therefore, diagnosing and treating back injuries can take a long time.

Hire a back injury lawyer to lead your lawsuit or insurance claim because:

  • Experienced lawyers understand back injuries: Despite having a back injury, you may not be familiar with the diagnostic procedures, treatments, and language surrounding back injuries. If you hire a lawyer who has represented other clients with back injuries, they will have a working knowledge relevant to your case.
  • Attorneys often have medical experts on their side: Medical experts can help you, your lawyer, and liable parties understand the unique details of your injury. Their testimony may be immensely valuable to your case, and lawyers may have existing relationships with such experts.
  • Your recovery requires your complete attention: Recovering from a back injury may require lots of time, attention, and effort. When you let a lawyer take over your case, you may have more time to channel toward your recovery process.
  • Calculating the full cost of a back injury may not be easy: Determining the cost of pain, treatment, work-related losses, lost quality of life, and other damages requires complicated math and careful consideration. Attorneys know how to evaluate back injuries, so let a lawyer do this for you.

Those with back injuries often need legal help.

Types of Events That Can Lead to Back Injury Lawsuits

Back injuries happen for many reasons. When an injury occurs because of someone’s negligence, the injured party can file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

Events that can result from negligence include:

If you suffered a back injury because of someone else’s negligence, hire a personal injury attorney to pursue fair compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

If you doubt whether you can file a lawsuit, a lawyer will provide clarity. Speak with law firms serving your area, as there is no cost when you complete a free consultation.

How Do I Seek Compensation for a Back Injury?

Hire an attorney to pursue compensation for your back injury because of the many benefits a law firm provides.

You (via your lawyer) may secure the compensation you deserve through:

  • An insurance claim
  • A lawsuit

Attorneys afford you the option of pursuing a lawsuit and trial. Your lawyer will create a personalized case strategy and update it as your case requires.

How a Back Injury Attorney Will Pursue the Compensation You Deserve

Attorneys ensure that their clients can focus on their health without worrying about any detail of their case. Your legal team will handle your back injury lawsuit from start to finish, including essential steps like:

Detailing Damages Caused by Your Back Injury

Your back injury lawyer will demand compensation for you, and liable parties may demand proof of your damages in return.

Some useful forms of documentation may include:

  • All medical images showing your back injury
  • Doctors’ diagnoses and descriptions of your injuries and symptoms
  • Medical bills for all care related to your back injury
  • Mental health professionals’ diagnoses of your pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation-related bills

Your attorney may rely on several experts to help describe your damages. For instance, an economist may help explain the professional cost of your back injury, and a mental health professional may help value the cost of your pain and suffering. These expert services are one of the many benefits of hiring an attorney.

Detailing Liable Parties’ Negligence

Attorneys document the negligence of liable parties named in insurance claims and lawsuits.

Evidence used in your back injury case may include:

  • Video evidence
  • Photographs
  • Witness testimony
  • Expert testimony
  • Police reports

Each case provides attorneys with different evidence. Trust your legal team to recognize and collect all evidence to help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Documenting Your Damages

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You cannot win a back injury case without proving the nature of your damages, and that is what your attorney will do.

They may prove those damages with:

  • Medical bills
  • Testimony from doctors and mental health experts about physical and mental health conditions
  • Rehabilitation-related bills
  • Past income statements to prove the value of your lost income
  • Any other documentation that helps prove damages resulting from your back injury

You should keep any documentation, like medical bills, that can prove relevant to your case. Your lawyer may use such evidence in settlement negotiations or at trial.

Calculating an Accurate, Detailed Case Value

Attorneys know the mathematical calculations required to calculate clients’ damages. Non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, can require particularly complex calculations, as it is not as simple as adding up individual costs (as you might with medical bills).

Negotiating a Settlement

Statistics indicate that your case may settle, but this requires liable parties to offer fair compensation.

Your lawyer will fight to secure a fair settlement by:

  • Providing evidence of liable parties’ negligence (which will establish that those liable parties owe you compensation)
  • Presenting documentation of the damages resulting from your back injury
  • Explaining how they calculated their settlement demands
  • Addressing any counter-arguments from liable parties

Lawyers are nothing if not experienced settlement negotiators. Attorneys know the tactics they may face from liable parties, and they can overcome them for you.

Handling Any Necessary Lawsuit and Trial

Your lawyer will fight hard to obtain the settlement you deserve. However, liable parties do not always meet settlement demands, so filing a lawsuit may be necessary.

You may also need to file a lawsuit if those responsible for your back injury lack insurance. In any case, your attorney will draft, file, and complete your lawsuit on your behalf. If going to trial is the right decision for you, that is what your attorney will do.

Recoverable Damages in Your Back Injury Lawsuit

The complex, debilitating nature of back injuries means that victims often face serious and long-term damages, which can include:

Medical Treatment

Treatments for back injuries that you may need include:

  • Emergency treatment and diagnosis
  • Medical imaging, including but not limited to X-rays
  • Muscle relaxants and pain relievers
  • Cortisone injections
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Surgery

You may need to see one or more specialists, which tend to be more expensive than general practitioners. Your lawyer will demand that liable parties cover all medical costs related to your back injury.

Pain and Suffering

Virtually every physical movement involves your back, so your back injury may cause severe pain and suffering, including:

  • Sharp pain related to movements
  • Chronic pain
  • Lost ability to engage in physical activities (including those that are key to your mental and physical health, like exercise)
  • Lost quality of life
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression

Pain and suffering has no clear financial cost, so rely on your back injury lawyer to determine the value of your pain and suffering (and other damages).

Professional Harm

When back injuries interfere with work, the injured party may endure:

  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Inability to earn performance-related benefits (like bonuses, overtime pay, and promotions)
  • Benefits

Those with severe back injuries may have to retire, reduce their hours, or change jobs because of their symptoms. This can cause long-term professional damages, for which your lawyer will seek fair compensation.


Physical therapy is among the treatment courses for those with back injuries. Your attorney will evaluate the cost of your rehabilitation, including transportation expenses to and from rehab.

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If your back injury is disabling, your lawyer will consider the long-term ramifications of your ailment. Those with disabling injuries may need:

  • Replacement of income through their retirement age
  • Caregiver services (potentially including in-home care)
  • Indefinite rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment
  • A specialized vehicle

Attorneys adapt their settlement demands to the client. Whatever the details of your injuries and damages are, trust your lawyer to value your case accurately and fight for your financial recovery.

When Is the Time to Hire My Back Injury Lawyer?

There is only one answer to this question: as soon as you can. Back injury lawyers need to secure evidence of negligence, prepare a case strategy, and file any necessary lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. Giving them ample time to build and present your case can help the process go smoothly and resolve your claim as efficiently as possible.

You can find a back injury lawyer by searching online for personal injury attorneys serving your area. Consider law firms’ reviews, case results, and experience as you choose the firm to lead your back injury case. Complete free consultations to determine which law firm is the best fit for your case.

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Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert - Owner & Attorney

Attorney Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert was seriously injured in a collision and experienced firsthand dealing with uncooperative insurance companies. She knows what it is like to feel overwhelmed and under-educated about your rights after a collision. That is why she has dedicated this firm to fighting for accident victims and their loved ones. The goal of The Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group – Gore LLC is to provide you with excellent legal advice, based on our experience in representing injured automobile drivers and passengers from all across the State of Georgia.

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