Injuries to the spine, neck and middle or lower back can cause extreme pain and disability. Veterans who suffer these injuries may need a lifetime of medical care, which may include multiple surgeries and long-term pain management.
Back, neck, and spine injuries suffered by military service members are frequently caused by:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Vehicle accidents
- Carrying heavy packs
- Training exercises
In addition to accidents and acute trauma, back, neck and spinal conditions can be the result of cumulative trauma suffered over weeks, months or years of military service.
Debilitating neck and back pain is usually caused by an injury to the spinal discs. Common disc injuries include herniated discs, ruptured discs, and compressed discs. The result may be chronic pain or, in catastrophic cases, paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia. These conditions may cause secondary injuries, such as pressure sores, respiratory problems and impaired organ function.
Back, neck, and spinal injuries may also cause secondary effects to other parts of the body. Pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands are common occurrences. The hips, thighs, legs, knees, ankles and feet may also be affected. Pain and numbness may cause reduced muscle strength and loss of range of motion.
For these secondary effects to the extremities and hips, you can make a separate claim for each injured part of the body. Claims may include the right leg, left leg, right knee, left knee, etc. Our lawyers can discuss these claims with you.
If you need disability benefits for a back or spinal injury and the VA has denied your claim, the Berry Law Firm can help. For a free consultation with our veterans back injury attorneys, please call (888) 883-2483 to speak with one of our team members or contact us online.