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  Becoming hurt in a workplace injury can be a traumatic experience. You may be worried that your employer is going to retaliate against you if you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you have the right to collect benefits while you are unable to work and should not be plagued with the fear of financial insecurity.

 

 

 

 

 Types of Back Injuries

There are several different categories of back injuries, including:

Bulging and ruptured disks: Your lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (L1 – L5). Between each vertebra is a disk that might be imagined as a jelly donut with a fibrous material surrounding a gel-like center. If your lower back sustains trauma, this can cause your fibrous material to bulge. In extreme circumstances, your bulging disk may rupture, allowing the gel-like substance to leak out. The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk are shooting pain or numbness into the buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Treatment can include rest, physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, injections, and surgery.

Fractured vertebrae: A fractured vertebra occurs when there is a break in one or more of the five lumbar vertebrae. There are several different places and types of fractures. Your lumbar vertebrae may break in the front (anterior) or back (posterior) as a result of motor vehicle accidents or falls. Compression fractures occur in the front while the back of your lumbar remains intact. Rotational forces cause transverse process fractures, and a flexion fracture arises when your lumbar is pulled apart. 

Lumbar ligament sprains: This injury is the result of the unnatural stretching and tearing of your lumbar ligament, the band of tissue connecting two lumbar discs

  Living with TBI

The outward signs of TBI are not always clear and visible. Symptoms can be elusive, and most TBI survivors have good and bad days. This is confusing to victims and their loved ones. It can make it impossible to hold down a job, even when the good days are very good.

Radical personality changes, unexplainable emotional outbursts, and even violent blackouts can be frightening for TBI survivors and those around them. It is even more frightening when TBI has gone undiagnosed.

More than half of all TBI survivors will develop epilepsy, putting them at risk for more accidents and injuries.

TBI can also affect your ability to concentrate and your memory. Some of these problems can be offset by learning coping skills. Many people get back to a normal way of life by implementing elaborate reminder systems.

No Brain Injury Is Mild

If you have been told that you suffered a “mild” brain injury, do not be misled. When the term “mild” is used it is referring to the rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This scale measures the initial assault on the brain and basically tells you how long you were out. It has nothing to do with the severity of the long-term damage to your brain. Even a “mild” brain injury can have devastating long-term consequences.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, please contact the experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., serving the Chicago, Illinois area. We can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. Complimentary consultations are available!