Iowa City, IA – Pain in the back area is one of the most common medical problems. This can occur or be aggravated due to things like injuries at work, car accidents, and repeated strenuous use of certain muscles and tissues around the spine. If these issues become chronic and require visits to doctors and chiropractors, the person may be able to file a civil lawsuit or take other measures to make the person or business responsible for the injury compensate them for medical treatment. 

Documenting the accident and losses

The victim should try to collect evidence or remember when their back pain started. This may be a specific event such as a car accident, or it could have gradually happened from working in a field that requires manual labor. It may also be necessary to meet with a doctor or chiropractor to confirm that a legitimate back injury exists, and also document the severity of the injury. Some back problems eventually decrease or eliminate the victim’s ability to work entirely if the condition becomes serious enough. Any medical records or incident reports about the accident can become crucial pieces of evidence later. The victim can also see if there is a relevant insurance policy that will help pay for their losses and file a claim. 

Personal injury lawsuits for medical costs

When a driver, employer, or other party is implicated in causing a back injury, the victim can attach them as a defendant and file a civil negligence lawsuit. These types of cases say that the entity or person responsible was not careful enough, and caused various forms of damages to the victim. They also summarize the amount of the victim’s financial losses. The amount of compensation available may include the costs of medical treatment and healthcare, lost wages and income, and non-economic damages related to pain, suffering, and trauma. 

The timeline for a lawsuit

From the time a client and a lawyer agree on representation until the conclusion of the case with a settlement or a trial can vary greatly. Most injury cases will last from several months to a few years. This depends on things like the complexity of the case, how long it takes the lawyers to respond to discovery requests, the number of court hearings required to prepare for the case, and the amount of money that is contested. 

Injury attorneys in Iowa

Eells and Tronvold Law Offices is available to help people with various legal issues related to personal injury and accident cases throughout the state of Iowa. Potential clients can schedule a meeting with the firm to discuss their situation and receive advice. 

Firm contact info:

Eells and Tronvold Law Offices 

1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400