Kevin Hart Undergoes Back Surgery After Car Crash | Back Injuries from Car Accidents

Early Sunday, actor/comedian Kevin Hart was severely injured in a car accident in Calabasas, California. According to police, Hart was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash, along with one other passenger. The crash occurred when the driver, Jared Black, lost control of the vehicle, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that Hart had purchased as a birthday present for himself in late July. The vehicle went off-road, rolled down an embankment, trapping the driver and another passenger. Hart was rushed to a nearby hospital with severe back injuries that required emergency back surgery.

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported car accident injuries. A person’s back is made up of dozens of muscles, nerve endings, and bones, that, when damaged, can cause severe or chronic pain, loss of mobility, paralyzation, and other catastrophic injuries. While Mr. Hart is expected to recover from his injuries fully, there are hundreds of people every day that suffer permanent back injuries in car accidents.

If you underwent back surgery after a car crash or suffered permanent back injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and other damages from the at-fault driver.

Most Common Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents happen unexpectedly and often cause catastrophic neck, back, and spine injuries. Treatment for back injuries caused in car accidents varies significantly and can range from minor treatments such as physical therapy and medication to back surgery. The most common back injuries caused in car accidents and treatment of them includes:

  • Herniated Discs – discs separate the vertebrae in the spine and protect the spine from damage. If a disc is displaced or ruptured, this could result in numbness of the legs, decreased mobility, and chronic back pain. Herniated discs are typically treated by removing the part of the disc that is broken or damaged
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – if a victim’s spinal cord is injured in an accident, this often causes partial or total permanent disability. If a car accident victim suffers severe spinal cord injuries and has little to no support, spinal fusion connects broken parts of the spine to increase stability
  • Thoracic Spine Injuries – the most severe type of back injury, thoracic spine damage permanently affects a person’s upper back and functions linked to that part of the body, such as arm mobility and neck movements, and can cause complications in other parts of the upper body, such as the ribcage, chest, and lungs. Thoracic spine damage can be treated in multiple ways. With a laminotomy, that relieves pressure from other parts of the body caused by damaged upper vertebrae, or in more severe cases, a total disc removal and replacement
  • Lumbar Spine Injuries – the lumbar is made up of the five largest vertebrae in the human body. If a person suffers lumbar injuries in a car accident, it disrupts spinal stability and causes loss of mobility, nerve damage, and problems with performing daily activities. Spinal fusion and disc arthroplasty can strengthen a weakened or damaged lumbar, and offer support and stability to a person’s lower spine

Every year, between 250,000 and 500,000 people in the U.S. suffer spinal cord injuries, with the most common cause being car accidents. If you suffered back injuries in a car accident that another person is at-fault in, you could be entitled to compensation for damages, and should consider filing a back injury claim.

Back Injury Settlements | Car Accident Attorneys in Missouri

Back injury settlements vary significantly, but generally include partial, if not full, compensation of a victim’s medical bills, mental and emotional damages, loss of income, property damage, and other damages caused in a severe car accident. For example, if someone suffers a partially herniated disc in a car accident, and another victim suffers severe spinal cord damage, the second victim would likely recover a higher settlement than the first due to the severity of their injuries. Factors considered when calculating a back injury settlement include the level of fault in the crash, whether the victim had prior back injuries, the severity of their injuries, and if there is proof of the other party’s negligence.

Missouri Back Injury Lawyers

If you suffered spinal cord injuries, a herniated disc, or other types of neck, back, and spine injuries in a car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side. The Missouri Back Injury Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm can gather evidence of your injuries, answer questions about the back injury claims process, and ensure that your case has a strong claim. To date, the Dixon Injury Firm has recovered over $35,000,000 in settlements for car crash, truck accident, and other injury victims in St. Louis.

Recently, a woman suffered catastrophic back injuries in St. Louis after a driver made an improper turn at an intersection. The woman underwent disc replacement surgery to find permanent relief from her back injuries, which is an expensive and invasive procedure. Christopher Dixon recovered a $600,000 settlement for the woman’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses. In another case, a man was hit while walking past a garage, when the garage owner’s son backed out of the garage, didn’t see the man walking, and caused permanent damage to the victim’s cervical disc. Our St. Louis Back Injury Settlement Lawyers recovered a $100,000 settlement for the victim that included compensation for present and future medical expenses attributed to the accident, among other damages.

If you suffered back injuries in a car accident and needed surgery, or other expenses incurred, you need to discuss your case with our experienced attorneys. Christopher Dixon and the Missouri Car Accident Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm aren’t afraid to push back against the other party’s insurer to demand the settlement you deserve, and won’t give up until you are satisfied with the results.

For more information on filing a back injury car accident claim, call (314) 409-7060, 855-40-CRASH (toll-free), or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today for a free consultation or case review.

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