Back and neck woes are likely the most commonly cited injuries in personal-injury lawsuits. They’re ubiquitous to the point of being nearly interchangeable, as in “soft-tissue injuries of the back and neck.” But interchangeable they are not, at least in terms of the damages they merit. The accompanying chart, based on cases reported to VerdictSearch, compares the median recovery amounts for cases involving fusion of the neck (yellow bars), fusion of the back (green) and both (red). Fusion was used to limit the effect of secondary injuries. Obviously, recoveries are greatest when both the neck and back are fused, but most ...Show More
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