Injuries in the articulation of the facet
If you need assistance in a facet joint injury case, the personal injury attorneys at Lluis Law in Los Angeles can represent you in a claim or demand for these types of injuries. Whatever your needs in workers’ compensation or personal injury, Lluis Law’s expert attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing workers in the Los Angeles area.
Facet joint injuries are among the most common and painful related to diseases of the spine. This type of injuries cause chronic pain and stiffness in the back and are caused by inflammation of the joints due to trauma and as a consequence of arthritis.
It is estimated that 80 percent of people at some point in their life will suffer some type of injury or illness in the back. In addition, between 50 and 60 percent of people who suffer a whiplash after an accident are also affected by a facet joint injury. Medical statistics indicate that facet lesions in 40 percent of cases are not diagnosed at the time but much later.
Facet joints are those connections located between the vertebrae of the spine and allow us to tilt, turn and perform back movements. The symptoms of injured facet joints in the neck or cervical spine are much pain in those areas as well as headache and difficulties in turning the neck and back.
Causes and treatment of facet joint injuries
Among the injuries that affect the facet joints, are those caused by car accidents and work accidents. By affecting these joints, people experience very serious problems to stabilize their body, stay upright and generally affect their circulation and all health.
Workers injured or affected by this syndrome, usually have limitations to work and lead a normal life with their family. This limits their ability to generate income and their welfare in a decisive way, since it is impossible to perform a task efficiently feeling pain or any other activity (practicing a sport, resting, sitting, walking, etc.).
The treatment of these injuries / illness is also costly and requires long periods of rehabilitation to relieve pain and try to regain health. Meanwhile, the worker also needs to cover household expenses, assuming that he has already obtained workers’ compensation benefits from California to cover medical expenses.
After suffering an injury of this type, people need to be assisted by a personal injury lawyer experienced in these cases, who is willing to help the worker to obtain adequate medical treatment so that recovers their health and can cover the rest expenses generated during the time that he/she remain outside the company.
Most of the injuries of the facet joints of the back are due to blows suffered in different types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Symptoms of injured facet joints
These small joints are located between the vertebrae and behind them. They are the joints responsible for giving stability to the spine and facilitating its movement. During car accidents, facet joint injuries are very frequent in both the neck and the lower back.
Car accidents and some accidents in the workplace due to sudden trauma can cause damage to these joints and cause movement problems. Symptoms may start with a back or neck pain, which may seem normal but over time tends to get worse because it’s becoming chronic and more acute.
When the symptoms become more frequent, the worker must inform their employer immediately and go to the doctor for a diagnosis. Some of these symptoms for lesions of the cervical vertebrae or lumbar vertebrae are manifested in several ways:
Symptoms of cervical (neck) injury
- Neck Pain;
- Sensitivity in the area of the lesion;
- Pain in the upper part of the back, shoulders and arms;
- Sleep apnea.
Symptoms of lumbar (lower back) injuries
- Pain in the lower back area;
- Increased sensitivity in the area of the lesion;
- Pain in the buttocks, groin and upper legs;
- Pain when sitting;
- Difficulty bending the waist or walking;
- Loss of flexibility.
What to do after a facet joint injury?
If you suffer a back injury during work or in a car accident, you should seek medical help as soon as possible, because as time goes by the injury can worsen and put your health and ability to work at risk. After an accident, it is best to undergo a medical diagnosis to rule out injuries.
When the person suffers severe trauma, they should be taken immediately to a hospital to be treated. Before, however, if paramedics who come to the scene after reporting the accident to 911 can immobilize the victim, it is much better to avoid further damage.
It is also convenient to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the car accident, in order to reconstruct the event and identify the person responsible. For accidents at work, it is necessary to call a co-worker to provide assistance and inform the employer about the accident.
All photographs, videos and information about the drivers and vehicles involved in the accident, is very valuable to facilitate the accident lawyer preparing the case. Either for the purposes of filing a claim or a civil lawsuit.
If the accident happened in another place, say a commercial store or a hotel, you should try to take the contact details of the owner and ask him to prepare an accident report. The copy of this report with the description of the accident, will later serve to present the claim.
In parallel, call your personal injury lawyer to begin the information gathering process after studying the case, prepare the legal strategy to recover damages and finally the presentation of the claim or demand.
Compensation for an injury to the facet joint
Recoverable damages for injuries in the facet joint include medical expenses, material, physical and financial damages. Your personal injury lawyer will tell you what other damages can be prosecuted, if the person responsible for the accident was a third party (driver, supplier, manufacturer or other co-worker), apart from workers’ compensation benefits to which the employee You have the right
In California, employers can not be sued for an accident at work but other people or companies responsible. Claims against third parties for personal injuries include loss of income and loss of ability to generate profits, pain and suffering, loss of family well-being and enjoyment of life, among others.
If you or a family member have a case similar to this one due to injuries in the facet joint, you can call the Lluis Law office for a free consultation by phone (213) 320-0777. Our personal injury lawyers will clear all your doubts without any commitment and help you obtain compensation benefits or recover damages for personal injuries.
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