Even when they're initially deemed minor, spinal injuries can be severe for the victims who suffer them. If your life or that of a loved one has been changed after a spinal injury, it's vital to understand the legal options available to you.
A spinal injury comes with significant medical costs, yet the expenses resulting from such injuries are scarcely limited to hospital bills. Our spinal injury attorneys are experienced in getting injury victims financial settlements that thoroughly consider all the damages they've suffered.
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The spinal cord is the nerve bundle that runs from the brain stem down the spinal column's length. Damage to this central nervous system structure can cause permanent paralysis, loss of limb function, and even death.
The spinal cord is housed within the vertebral column and is protected by the bones of the spine. These bones are often fractured in a spinal injury, causing additional complications for victims.
Spinal cord injuries are usually classified as either "complete" or "incomplete." In a complete injury, both sides of the spinal cord have been damaged or severed. The result is paralysis below the injury site in all body parts served by that side of the spinal cord. An incomplete injury is one in which only part (usually one side) of the spinal cord has been damaged or severed
Some spinal cord injuries are immediately apparent, while others may not present themselves in an obvious manner. For this reason, if you suffered any kind of back injury, it's critical to have your injury evaluated by a medical professional.
Some of the symptoms often attributed to spinal cord injuries include:
Loss Of Motor Skills: After a spinal injury, it's common for one or more limbs to be rendered useless. The arms and/or legs may be weakened to the point that they're rendered useless.
Loss Of Sensation: It's also possible for a spinal injury victim to lose feeling in their body. This can cause difficulty when walking and even difficulty urinating without assistance. The sensation can also be lost in certain parts of the body, resulting in victims not realizing the extent of the injuries.
Memory Loss: If a spinal cord injury is coupled with a traumatic brain injury, as they often are, victims can suffer memory loss.
Loss Of Bowel And Bladder Control: After suffering from a spinal cord injury, you may be unable to control your bowel or bladder functions. This occurs because innervation to the muscles that control the bowel becomes compromised.
The causes of spinal injuries can be as varied as the repercussions that result from the same. However, below we share some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries as previously encountered by our injury lawyers:
Slip and falls, car accidents, and other common accidents can cause traumatic injuries to the spine. When vertebrae fracture or dislocate in a sudden impact, damage to the spinal cord can occur instantly. When there's time to brace for a blow or stop a fall from happening, some trauma to the spine may still occur — and it may not present itself immediately.
Injuries on the playing field are perhaps one of the most common causes of spinal injury. Players collide with one another and are unprepared for the impact of their opponent.
Construction workers and other laborers may often find themselves at risk of injury. Workers may be lifted by a crane or pulley system to repair or dismantle machinery, resulting in damage to their vertebrae or separation of their spinal column if they fall.
Doctors and other medical professionals can also cause injuries when they're treating patients. When a hospital or surgery center falls short of providing proper care to a patient, grave injuries such as spinal cord injuries may result.
As we alluded to earlier on this page, the costs associated with spinal injuries can be astronomical. Fortunately, victims can receive compensation that covers the damages they've suffered via a spinal injury lawsuit.
Some of the types of compensation for spinal cord injuries include:
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a spinal injury, it's important to contact an experienced spinal cord injury attorney who can advise you on your options. Our legal team at Maryland Injury Guys is here for you today and throughout your recovery process. We'll listen to your story with compassion, then work relentlessly on your behalf to obtain a settlement that will cover all damages — including future losses — stemming from your spinal cord injury.
Contact us now for a free consultation and take the first step on the path to justice and the compensation you deserve.