Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord injuries affect thousands of victims around the world each year. These types of injuries often result in permanent damage to the functions of the central nervous system, leaving victims and their families to deal with the lifelong consequences. injuries of the spinal cord are considered to be a catastrophic injury in personal injury law and victims may be entitled to recover compensation for those at fault for causing the injury. An experienced spinal cord injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for medical costs, damage to property, pain & suffering, rehabilitation costs, loss in earning ability, punitive damages, loss of consortium, and wrongful death.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Over ten thousand Americans suffer a serious spinal cord injury every year. In the United States, nearly 40% of these types of injuries occur in vehicle accidents according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). These are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injury:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Sports accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Work accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slipping and falling down
- Defective products
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Infections that cause abscesses on the spine
To sue for spinal cord injury in any of these situations, your legal team must be able to prove that a negligent party’s actions directly caused the injury. A negligence claim must be supported by the four elements and must prove that: the defendant had a duty to operate or drive in a safe manner, the defendant breached that duty, the defendant’s actions are what caused the accident to occur, and that the accident was the direct cause of the spinal cord injury.
For example, if a driver failed to bring their car to a halt at a stop sign and hit a pedestrian who suffered injuries, the driver would be responsible for negligently breaching their duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. Since the driver caused the accident which injured the pedestrian, they may be able to be held liable for covering the costs of the victim’s losses that were suffered as a result of the injury. On the other hand, for defective products that lead to a spinal cord injury, it must be instead proven that the product was in some way defective and that the defect caused the accident or injury to occur. In these cases, the product manufacturer, repair shop, or distributor may be able to be found at fault for overlooking the defect, intentionally or otherwise, which lead to the injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are classified by which part of the spine they affect, the symptoms they cause, and the extent of the damage to the function of the cord. The two main categories are complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries.
- Complete injuries cause a total disruption to the function of the cord from the point where the injury occurred onward. These injuries create a total loss of function & sensation for different parts of the body.
- Incomplete injuries can include the loss of sensation and function, but may not always take away both. In some cases such as with Anterior Cord Syndrome, the body’s movement may be restricted but it still able to maintain feeling.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
With many different types of spinal cord injuries, the symptoms can vary wildly depending on how severe the damage is and where on the spine the trauma occurred.
Symptoms of mild spinal cord injury can include tingling, reduced coordination, muscle weakness, and pain. Swelling after the accident, spinal shock, and incomplete spinal cord injuries can lead to these types of symptoms.
Severe spinal cord injuries can result in symptoms such as a loss of sensation below the injury, trouble breathing, paralysis, loss of bladder & bowel control, and death. Victims who suffer a complete injury that occurs at the Cervical vertebrae toward the top of the spinal cord often require ventilator assistance to be able to breathe.
Injuries of the spine are also broken up into further classifications including:
- Triplegia – Loss of feeling in three limbs.
- Hemiplegia – Total paralysis that is restricted to one side of the body.
- Tetraplegia or Quadriplegia – Loss of sensation and movement in all four limbs. These injuries tend to occur when the spinal cord closer to the head/neck is completely damaged.
What Happens After a Spinal Cord Injury?
For those who have suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury, it may be possible to recover the sensation & function of various body parts through physical therapy and rehabilitation. However, medical costs for spinal cord injuries can range into the millions of dollars, and without the ability to generate income, victims can find themselves in deep financial trouble.
Most cases of complete spinal cord injuries leave victims with costly, permanent lifestyle changes that must be adapted to. Voice activation services may be required to use modern devices such as phones & computers, a wheelchair may be needed for mobility, and round-the-clock care may be required to carry out even simple daily activities.
As neuro-regenerative technology continues to improve in the medical field, it may one day be possible for spinal cord injury victims to experience a full recovery, where they are able to walk, talk, and feel just as they did before their trauma took place. But for now, the best compensation that many victims can hope for is a sizable settlement sum to help them survive the scary new world they’ve been thrown into.
Legal Help is Just a Call Away
You don’t have the face the insurance companies alone. A spinal cord injury attorney can aid you in gathering the videos, photos, witness testimony, and investigative experts needed to prove causality in your personal injury case. You need someone with experience navigating the complex legal environment of spinal cord injury cases.
Let the team of professionals with a long track record of success handle your spinal cord injury case and get you the compensation that you’re owed. Give us a call at Heidari Law for a free consultation today. 1-833-225-5454