A spinal injury is one of the most traumatic injuries -physically, emotionally and financially- a person can sustain. Often the result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV rollovers and other motor vehicle crashes (including boats and personal watercrafts), nearly 15,000 people per year sustain a spinal injury in the U.S. More than 10,000 victims per year suffer permanent paralysis or death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury as the result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing you may be eligible to seek compensation for your loss. Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with spinal injury cases and can help you through this rough time. Please contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation.
Types of Spinal Injuries
The spinal cord extends down from the bottom of the brain to the waist. Consisting of bundles of nerves, the spinal cord relays impulses and messages to and from the brain, thus making a healthy spinal cord an essential component of a fully functioning central nervous system. If these nerves are severed or damaged, it may result in the complete or partial loss of bodily function, including movement and/or sensation. Typically, the higher the spinal injury, the more severe the consequences. A spinal injury is classified in one of two ways:
- Tetraplegia (formerly called quadriplegia) Paralysis, or loss of feeling and movement, throughout the upper and lower body.
- Paraplegia Paralysis affecting only the lower parts of the body.
Other physical effects of a spinal injury may include bladder or bowel dysfunction, possible loss of fertility in men, loss of ability to control the lungs, low blood pressure, minimized body temperature control, chronic pain and more.
Common Causes of Spinal Injuries
Severe spinal injuries including paraplegia and tetraplegia can happen to anyone at anytime. In fact, up to 44.5 percent of all spinal cord injuries are the result of car crashes, motorcycle accidents, SUV and ATV rollovers and other motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of a spinal injury include violence, falls and sporting accidents.
Your Legal Rights
Losing function in any body part is physically and psychologically devastating. Implications of such an injury are likely to include reduced enjoyment of life, loss of earning or income capacity, lifelong medical expenses and the physical, psychological, vocational and or occupational adjustments to daily life. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury due to recklessness or negligence of another party, you have rights…including the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover monetary damages both actual and punitive. Let us help you. Please contact us today for a FREE of charge consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.