Most of us are lucky enough to go through life without any awareness of the continuous stream of messages between the brain and body. That changes when we or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury.
The message stream between brain and body is conducted via the spinal cord–a central bundle of nerves within the spinal column. These messages control all of our bodily functions, including:
- Muscle control
- Blood pressure and blood flow
- Bladder and bowel movements
- Sexual function
When the spinal cord is injured it can interfere with, or even shut down, the communication system to certain parts of the body. It can also result in abnormal muscle behavior, activities, and sensations above the point of injury, such as neuropathic pain, spastic movement, and a life-threatening over-activity of the Autonomic Nervous System.
In plain English, spinal cord injuries can be devastating. Those that can be healed often require a great deal of time, medical intervention and rehabilitation. Those that cannot be healed forever alter, and even shorten, lives. The degree of recovery possible depends on a number of factors, one of which is access to the best possible treatment, for both your immediate and long-term care. Many victims of spinal cord injuries see incremental improvements that continue for several years.
Nearly 70% of all back and spine injuries occur because of car, motorcycle, and other motor vehicle accidents. Victims in these accidents often suffer traumatic brain injuries as well. Other common causes include:
- Sports injuries
- Slips and falls
- Assaults and fights
In many of these incidents and accidents, the injuries were caused because someone else did not act responsibly.
Fair Compensation to Protect Your Future
Your ability to access the best possible long-term treatment depends, to a great degree, on your ability to pay for it. Insurance company offers are often grossly inadequate to cover your long-term rehabilitation care and lost future income.
That is why many victims turn to personal injury attorneys for help. If your spinal cord injury was caused even in part by the negligence of another, you may be able to hold that party or parties liable.
Work with an Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
A personal injury attorney who is experienced in prosecuting spinal cord cases understands the medical and rehabilitation complexities involved. He or she will assess your case and work closely with your medical team to give you the best opportunity to secure the financial resources you will need, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You can’t afford to have treatment delayed, nor to allow an insurance company to rush you into settlement so that you can pay for medical care. In addition, you only have a limited amount of time to pursue fair compensation before the statute of limitations expires. Our personal injury attorneys will not charge for their services unless and until they successfully settle or prosecute your case. Call today to schedule a free consultation.