San Diego Back Injury & Neck Injury Attorneys

As our San Diego back injury attorneys are well aware, back and neck injuries are brought on by a number of causes, including car accidents, slips, and falls swimming accidents, or sports-related accidents. Due to the variety of causes of back and neck injuries suffered by personal injury victims, they are the most common injury reason people seek medical care every year.

A neck or back injury may require physical therapy, medications, or even surgery. To further complicate matters, coping with the pain associated with a back or neck injury may require a victim to abandon activities once enjoyed or can destroy the ability to function normally from day to day, thereby affecting the quality of life. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys will fight to make sure you a fairly compensated for all past, present, and future suffering caused by back or neck injury.

It is important to know and understand the symptoms of a back or neck injury so that these conditions are not left untreated. There are three common types of back and neck injuries:

  • Herniated, Ruptured, or Slipped Disk: The round, flat discs between the vertebrae in the spine, which are designed to absorb pressure and maintain the spine’s flexibility, can herniate, rupture, or slip out of their proper place when the body experiences some sort of force or trauma.
  • Whiplash or Connective Tissue Injury: Whiplash occurs when joints located between the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots in the neck become damaged.
  • Compression Fractures: Compression fractures take place when the bones in the spine become broken due to trauma.

Depending upon which type of injury a person receives, he or she may experience a variety of different symptoms. With a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disk, symptoms vary depending upon the area in which the displaced disk is located. For example, a herniated disk in the low back can cause sharp burning pains in the legs, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems. A person with whiplash or connective tissue injury, on the other hand, may experience shooting pains that travel from the neck into the shoulder or arm, muscle spasms, neck swelling and tenderness, headaches, or impaired neck mobility. Finally, compression fractures may cause back, hip, abdominal or thigh pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems.

How the San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys at Our Firm Can Help

The experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers and professional staff at Berman & Riedel, LLP can help victims with back and/or neck injuries navigate the road to recovery and obtain compensation. We can assist you with receiving proper medical treatment from top medical professionals so that a speedy recovery is possible, and we can maximize your compensation through settlement negotiations or trial to cover past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Back injuries are often caused by serious auto accidents. Fortunately, we have trained and experienced San Diego car accident lawyers who have litigated these types of back injury cases in the past.

At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our experience with back and neck injuries allows us to know exactly what injuries your symptoms may indicate, what tests are necessary to properly diagnose your condition, and what treatments should be considered once a diagnosis has been made. Our San Diego back injury attorneys work closely with your medical treatment facilities to ensure that every effort is made and that our clients have the best chances for a full recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious back or neck injury, Berman & Riedel, LLP, can offer the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on how to protect your legal rights. Contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer at Berman & Riedel, LLP, to discuss your legal options.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions people have about personal injury cases and working with a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we will be happy to answer questions that are particular to your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, accept cases on a contingency-fee basis. This type of agreement means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees out-of-pocket for legal representation. Attorneys’ fees are also contingent on the outcome of your case.

You benefit from legal representation in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of a settlement or jury award. We will only recover a fee if you recover compensation.

Can You Tell Me How Much My Case Is Worth?

There is no way to determine the exact value of a personal injury case, especially early in your case. However, an experienced attorney can give you an estimated range based on their experience with similar cases.

There are many factors that may influence the value of your case, such as:

  • Your total financial or economic damages
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your daily life
  • The strength of your case
  • Whether you share fault for your accident
  • Insurance policy limits 

Some damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages and medical bills. Calculating the value of diminished earnings for the rest of your life or future medical needs; however, may require the help of experts. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering have no intrinsic financial value. These damages are challenging to calculate. 

If your case goes before a jury, you may potentially be able to recover more than you could through a settlement. However, this introduces a new element of risk: the jury. The circumstances of your accident and even how sympathetic you or the defendant are can influence the outcome.

During your consultation, and throughout your case, we will help you understand how these factors influence your case. We will also work tirelessly to document the value of all your damages and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases are resolved by reaching a settlement agreement outside of court. Very few personal injury cases actually go to trial, but it is more likely if the facts in your case are in dispute, a legal issue is being contested, or you have a high-value case.

An experienced lawyer will build your case as if it will go to trial from the beginning. The stronger your case and evidence, the more likely a fair settlement will be reached.

How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If your case involves mostly property damage or minor injuries, you likely do not need a lawyer to handle a claim with the insurance company. The more serious your injuries, or the more complex your case, the more important it becomes to seek experienced legal counsel.

Remember that the insurance company is not on your side, even if the insurance adjuster seems sympathetic and you receive a settlement offer. If you are being blamed for your accident or sustained serious injury, a lawyer will help you protect your rights and build the strongest case possible. This includes calculating the full value of your current and future losses.

Legal representation is also vital if your case involves a complex area of law such as elder abuse or neglect, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or serious work-related accidents. Determining liability, navigating decades of legal precedence, and interpreting specific statutes in these cases is best done with years of relevant legal experience.

Do You Accept Cases Outside of San Diego?

While our law office is located in San Diego, Berman & Riedel, LLP, accepts cases throughout the state of California.

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