The Best Attorney for Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury can occur at any time to any individual. Acute spinal cord injury is an unexpected event that can result from a fall or a car accident, no matter how minor. The pain and suffering from this often persists for the lifetime of the person who acquires it. Significant spinal cord injuries may result in a herniated disc or even paralysis.
Once an injury to the cord has occurred, there are certain steps that need to be taken in relation to the rehabilitation of the person. This rehabilitation will enable the SCI person to return to the environment of social and vocational functioning as best as can be managed.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
There are two types of injury—complete and incomplete. A complete injury is one in which the victim has no sensation or voluntary motor movement on either side of the body below the level of the injury. If the victim has some feeling or partial movement, it is called an incomplete injury.
Injuries are further defined in reference to the area of the spine affected. For example, an injury to the spine in the neck area affects the cervical vertebrae, so an injury to the nerves at the fifth cervical vertebra would be called a C-5 injury. Below the neck are the thoracic vertebrae, so injuries there would be defined as T-1, T-2, and so on. Beyond that are the lumbar and sacral vertebrae, and injuries in those areas are named in a similar manner.
An injury to your spinal cord can change your life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may face a lifetime of discomfort and restricted movements. In severe cases, spinal cord injuries can leave a person paralyzed.
The spinal cord is divided into three sections. Each of these sections have a different function I the body. Additionally, damage to each of these sections can cause different problems to the injured party.
Severe damage to the cervical (neck) area of the spine can lead to total paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, loss of respiratory functions, loss of sensation, and possible loss of body functions. Lesser injuries could cause each of these problems temporarily or create a lot of discomfort and restricted movements.
Damage to the thoracic (middle) spine can cause paraplegia, loss of abdominal muscle control and movement, and loss of manual dexterity. Less severe damage to this area can cause restricted movement and discomfort.
Injuries to the lumbar and sacral (lower) parts of the spine can cause loss of movement to the legs or loss of control of leg muscles, loss of sexual function, and loss of bladder control. Even minor injuries to this area may cause a person to be bound to a wheelchair for life.
Extended Treatment For Spinal Injuries
Most people that have a spinal injury usually have to endure extended amounts of time in recovery. Extensive therapy and medical treatments will be required for the person to make any type of recovery from the accident. It is the duty of the responsible party to make sure that these expenses are covered.
In addition to these medical expenses, it is also the duty of the responsible party to pay compensation for the financial losses the injured party incurred as a result of the accident. This includes loss of current and possibly future income, loss of retirement benefits, and possibly other losses that the injured party suffered.
Insurance companies are often aggressive when it comes to closing spinal cord injury cases. They know from experience that these injuries can be very complicated and the try to close it fast to save their company money. Your attorney will be just as aggressive to protect your rights as a victim and make sure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to under Nevada law. It is very important to have legal representation from the time the injury occurred to ensure that your rights remain protected.
For more information on spinal cord injuries, you can visit the Mayo Clinic.
If you or a loved one have suffered this kind of injury, let us review your case and provide you with a free consultation. If you want an attorney you can talk to, who understands your situation and who will fight for you, call today at 702-382-0000 for your free consultation, or complete our online free evaluation form here.