Personal Injury Claims for Neck and Back Injuries
One of the main causes of back, neck and related injuries are motor vehicle accidents. Trauma from being bounced around or thrown from a car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile can cause significant damage to muscles, vertebrae (spine), tendons, discs and ligaments. And if you are struck by a motor vehicle while walking or riding your bike, the damage is often worse.
Those with back and neck injuries can experience a range of pain and discomfort that can vary from mild to excruciating and the symptoms can even end up being a lifelong, reoccurring problem.
CAM LLP Helps People With all Kinds of Neck and Back Injuries
We have many years of experience representing clients who have suffered all kinds of neck and back injuries, including:
- Aggravation of degenerative and pre-existing conditions
- Chronic pain
- Disc related injuries
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder injuries (including rotator cuff, bursitis, and tendonitis)
- Serious whiplash (WAD 3 and higher)
- Serious contusions (bruises)
- Strains and sprains
- Thoracic outlet injury
- Related psychological and emotional injuries
When you hire us we will take steps to make sure you have access to medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to maximize your recovery. After we are satisfied you are getting the treatment you need, we will attend to advancing your personal injury claim.
Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) and “The Cap”
Whiplash injuries are classified by the severity of signs and symptoms. For injuries at the lower end of the severity scale, Alberta’s soft tissue injury cap may apply. Since 2004, damages for pain and suffering in the case of minor soft tissue injuries have been limited. The limit is set each year by the government. The cap for 2016 is $4,956. It is important to remember that the cap does not limit an injured person’s right to receive damages for loss of income, cost of care, loss of housekeeping capacity and other out of pocket expenses. When you talk to one of our lawyers they will take you through all the damages that may apply to your situation.
What Injuries are Limited by The Cap?
It is not always clear whether an injury falls within the minor injury cap. Sometimes an injury that at first look appears minor can develop into a chronic condition. There is also some movement in the courts regarding the threshold of when an injury should no longer be considered minor. If you have suffered a neck or back injury and you are not sure whether your injury may fall under the cap, it is always in your best interest to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. We provide a free initial consultation and we are always willing to talk to you about your options regardless of the severity of your injury.
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