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3 Kinds of Accidents that Can Result in Serious Back Injuries

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Back injuries can be extremely debilitating and prevent people from engaging in activities that they enjoy or even going to work. Particularly serious back injuries can even require months of bed rest and may require surgery to correct, often significantly affecting a person’s quality of life and emotional state.

Because of these potentially serious ramifications, back injury victims are often entitled to significant compensation under Illinois law.1 As is the case with other types of injuries, whether victims can recover from a third party depends on whether the accident that caused their injury was the result of negligence. Here are three types of accidents that can often result in serious back injuries that often entitle victims to compensation.

Car Accidents

Car accidents can leave victims with serious back injuries. In many cases, these injuries occur when a serious rear impact results in strain to the soft tissues of the spinal column. There are many ways that driver’s negligence could result in an accident, including speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and failing to adequately maintain a vehicle.

Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of serious back injuries. Some of the causes of slip and fall accidents that can entitle victims to compensation include unnatural accumulations of ice and snow, cracked pavement, slippery floors, defective stairways with code violations, and inadequate lighting.

Workplace Injuries

Jobs that require lifting or repetitive tasks like construction or warehouse work expose employees to the risk of a serious back injury. In some instances, these injuries develop over the course of years or decades and entitle victims to workers’ compensation2 benefits, but there is a chance that injured employees can bring a personal injury claim as well. For this reason, anyone that has sustained a back injury as a result of their employment should have an attorney review their case.

Call a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Today to Find Out Whether You Have a Claim

If you have sustained a back injury in an accident, you may be able to recover significant compensation. To schedule, a free case evaluation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.

1 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp

2 http://www.iwcc.il.gov/