What is Considered to Be a Personal Injury?

May 10, 2023
What is Considered to Be a Personal Injury?
Have you wondered what’s considered to be a personal injury? Whether you have a back injury or whiplash, learn more about personal injuries and how our pain experts can help you regain your life.

When you think of a personal injury, what comes to mind? Do you think of a car accident or an accident at work? Personal injuries come in many shapes and sizes, including physical injury and emotional and mental stress. 

Personal injuries can occur for many reasons and cause long-lasting pain. For example, you could fall off a roof cleaning gutters, slip in a puddle, or sustain trauma in a car accident. Any of these could leave you in physical pain that affects your daily life. 

Not every personal injury has legal grounds, but some do.

According to Cornell Law School, there are three areas where you can claim personal injury. These are negligence and intentional wrongs of another person, as well as strict liability. Strict liability relates to instances such as a product malfunction that causes injury. In such cases, the manufacturer can be held responsible.

In cases where your injury falls under legal grounds, you could choose to file a lawsuit and be entitled to reimbursement. We accept personal injury cases at the Spine and Pain Center of San Antonio in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas. Or, if your injury occurred at work, you might be eligible for worker’s compensation

What is considered a personal injury? 

Personal injuries come in all shapes and sizes. There’s potential whiplash due to a traffic accident caused by someone else, or you could suffer from a herniated disc caused by a tackle gone wrong in your recreational football league. You could also suffer from emotional or financial difficulties as a result of your physical injury. 

Common personal injury symptoms include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling 
  • Stiffness 
  • Reduced mobility 
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness 

Personal injuries can also include broken bones, ruptured discs, neck or back injuries, sprains, and head trauma.

How does your medical practitioner assess a personal injury? 

At Spine & Pain Center of San Antonio, we assess your injuries and symptoms and discuss your medical history with you, including any medications you’re taking. Once your initial assessment is complete, we may recommend blood tests, X-rays, an MRI scan, or other diagnostic evaluations to devise a plan for your treatment. 

Your pain management treatment options will depend on the nature and extent of your personal injury, but might include: 

  • Injections, such as joint or epidural steroid injections 
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic treatment 
  • Spinal decompression 
  • Biofeedback
  • Vertebroplasty

Being in constant pain can be exhausting and debilitating, but an individually tailored, comprehensive treatment plan can help. You’ll benefit from a professional assessment and interventional pain management plan for any type of personal injury. Pain from motor vehicle collision or work injuries is a type of acute pain that can be easily lead to chronic if not treated quickly and aggressively.

If you’re in physical pain, call the Spine & Pain Center of San Antonio today to book your appointment with Dr. Sergio Alvarado and our seasoned team of personal injury experts. We have two office locations in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, to serve you.