Tulsa Neck, Back & Shoulder Injury Lawyer
Experienced Oklahoma lawyers handling fractures, disc damage, and whiplash claims
There are few things more inconvenient than reaching for an object on a shelf and feeling that twinge in your back – the one that says you’ll be laid up with an ice pack or a heating pad for a few hours. If you’re lucky that twinge goes away in a day or two, but sometimes it can last for months or even years. Sometimes, that twinge never quite goes away. When your pain was caused by another’s negligence, you can seek compensation through an injury claim.
At Biby Law Firm, our Tulsa neck, shoulder, and back injury lawyers understand that the diagnosis and treatment for these injuries can be more complicated than you think. Even when X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other tests pinpoint the problem, the cures can be unclear or provide only minimal relief. We fight to hold drivers, property owners, and others accountable for the pain and suffering, the medical expenses, and the lost wages they cause. We’ve obtained numerous six and seven figure settlements or verdicts for our Oklahoma clients.
What are the leading causes of neck, back, and shoulder injuries in Tulsa?
According to Healthline, most neck, back, and shoulder pains are the result of sprains/strains, overexertion, and bad posture. The aging process can also lead to pain because over time, our bodies experience a lot of wear and tear. However, sometimes these pains are caused by an act of negligence, such as:
- Car crashes
- Truck crashes
- Uber & Lyft crashes
- Falling objects
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Broken bones
- Blows to the head
- Acts of violence
Other times, these injuries are the result of repetitive movements. Lifting heavy objects, constant bending, and other repetitive motions can lead to sprains and strains. If the injury is a result of your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. If it is an act of negligence, you can file a personal injury claim.
Common injuries to the neck and back
Because neck and back injuries tend to increase as we age, they’re not always treated with the respect they deserve. Still, they can be incredibly serious, and may lead to chronic pain. Some of the more common neck and back injuries include:
- Herniated discs, ruptured discs, or slipped discs. The discs between the spine’s vertebrae act like shock absorbers. When the discs are damaged or out of place, they can cause severe debilitating pain. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, bowel and bladder difficulties, muscle weakness, and burning pains.
- Vertebral compression fractures. Here, one or more or the vertebrae in the spine crumples, because the vertebrae are weak. It can be the result of osteoporosis, but it can also be caused by a fall, a car crash, or certain types of medications.
- Connective tissue injury. In these cases, the joints, ligaments, neck muscles, and nerve roots – between the vertebrae – become damaged. The most well-known of these injuries is whiplash. Connective tissue injuries may take time to present.
- Spinal stenosis. Stenosis involves the narrowing of the spaces between the vertebrae in your spine (lumbar) or neck (cervical). Stenosis can be the result of a car accident, a herniated disk, a tumor, another act of trauma – or the aging process.
- Piriformis Syndrome. Often confused with sciatica, piriformis syndrome is a type of nerve damage caused by trauma or repetitive stress. It isn’t life threatening, but it can be incredibly painful.
What are some of the treatments for neck and back injuries?
The treatments vary depending on the type of neck or back injury. Possible treatments include:
- Steroid injections
- Spinal fusion
- Spinal cord stimulator implants
- Chiropractic treatments
- Pain management treatments
Other treatments include medications and physical therapy.
Common shoulder injuries in Oklahoma
According to the University of Michigan Health System, common shoulder injuries include:
- Bruises and contusions. These are due to tears or ruptures of small blood vessels causing the skin to become discolored while the bruise heals
- Strains. Injuries to ligaments that help stabilize the joints
- Sprains. Pulled muscles
- Injuries to nerves. A common example is brachial plexus neuropathy
- A separated shoulder. The collarbone separates from the end of the shoulder blade. This is a common injury when people try to catch themselves or land on their shoulder when they fall
- Torn rotator cuff. This is “damage to one or more of the four tendons that cover the shoulder joint.”
- Fractures. Broken bones
- Subluxation or dislocation. “Pulling or pushing bones out of their normal relationship to the other bones that make up the shoulder joint.”
- Tendon injuries
Some shoulder injuries occur due to overuse. These injuries may be the basis for a workers’ compensation claim. Overuse injuries usually get worse with time if they aren’t treated quickly. They usually involve inflammation, muscle strain, a frozen shoulder, and other factors.
What are the treatments for victims of shoulder injuries in Tulsa?
The treatments vary depending on the type of shoulder injury and the severity of the injury. Treatments may include:
- Physical therapy
- Other treatments depending on how serious the injury and the possible remedies
Speak with a caring Tulsa neck, back, and shoulder injury lawyer today.
At Biby Law Firm, our Tulsa injury lawyers understand how even minor aches and pains can make life difficult – and how major aches and pains can make life unbearable. Attorney Jacob Biby has been recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers by Super Lawyers for nine straight years because of his commitment to help his clients get just recoveries – recoveries that will help victims move forward with their lives. To speak with a skilled respected trial lawyer, call our experienced personal injury lawyers at 918-574-8458 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve all of Oklahoma, including the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby, Claremore, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Wagoner, Muskogee, and the surrounding areas.