If you have suffered a serious neck, back or spine injury, a Kentucky spinal injury lawyer at the Johnson Law Firm can help. Since 1998, we have handled thousands of injury cases throughout Kentucky from our office in Pikeville.

We are dedicated to providing skilled representation in the fight against those whose negligence causes injury and death. You can rely on our experience with the legal system and our commitment to our clients to help you get the best result possible, given the circumstances of your case.

Whether you’ve been involved in a minor car accident or a major workplace accident, chances are high that you’ve sustained a neck, back or spine injury.

Such injuries are common, no matter what type of mishap occurs. While in some ways these parts of the body are strong, they are also quite delicate. And because they are connected, an injury to one often causes problems with another.

Spinal Injuries that Can Lead to Legal Claims

Technically, the neck is the upper part of the spine, referred to as the cervical spine. The middle part of the back is known as the thoracic spine, while the lower part is called the lumbar spine. The spinal cord is the main pathway for information connecting the brain and peripheral nervous system, and is also responsible for controlling many of the body’s reflexes. The cord is protected by a column of bones called vertebrae.

There are 31 vertebrae in the spine, and the discs between them that act as shock absorbers are made up of a gel-type material surrounded by an outer shell. When this shell is damaged, the resulting inflammation can cause the disc to put pressure on nearby nerve roots or on the spinal cord itself. Pressure can cause pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, spasms, exaggerated reflexes, difficult breathing and loss of sensation.

There are many different terms used to describe spinal disc injuries and associated pain, such as:

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  • Bulging disc
  • Collapsed disc
  • Compression fracture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc degeneration
  • Disc protrusion
  • Herniated disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured disc
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped disc.

A spinal cord accident that results in permanent disability or loss of movement (paralysis) is a life-changing event that can result in costly medical bills, lost income, a reduced quality of life, and severe depression. People who suffer from spinal cord injury often need long-term medical care and rehabilitation.

One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash, which affects about 2 million people in the U.S. each year when the ligaments and muscles in their necks and backs are strained.

Caused by an abnormal motion or force that moves the neck beyond its normal range of motion, it happens when someone’s body continues forward while their neck extends backward until it, too, is abruptly jerked forward. Typically associated with rear-end vehicle collisions, whiplash can happen for many other reasons, including sporting or recreational activities, falls and assaults. Although the muscle strain may mend on its own, pain can persist for months or even years after the injury itself has healed.

The Kentucky spinal injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm know that injuries to the back may range from simple strains to catastrophic spinal cord damage. If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck or other personal injury accident, our firm has the legal knowledge to provide you with reliable advice. Following an accident, you’ll have decisions to make, beginning with the law firm that you’ll trust with your case.

A Skilled Kentucky Spinal Injury Lawyer with a Reputation for Caring

Our spinal cord injury lawyers in Kentucky have built a solid reputation for their caring approach and effective representation. Serious spine injuries demand skilled and experienced attorneys to help you recover damages to pay for your medical care, replace lost wages, and provide for your future needs.

Leave the legal matters to us and focus instead on your recovery. We’re ready to help with a free initial consultation. Contact us by calling 606-433-0682 or filling out our online form.