About Spinal Cord Injuries Our Goal: Winning & Winning Big

About Spinal Cord Injuries

Every year, there are approximately 8,000 diagnosed cases of new injuries to the spinal cord. Over 80% of those 8,000 diagnosed cases are men who are between the ages of 16-30. In the United States, there are up to 450,000 people that are living with a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord runs through the backbone and is made up of a nerve bundle.

The most common causes of spinal cord damage are caused from:

  • Gunshot Wounds
  • Knife Wounds
  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Sports Injuries
  • Falls

The nerve network that makes up the spinal cord transmits and receives signals from the brain and controls the body’s movements. When the spinal cord is damaged it can cause loss of feeling and a lack of mobility (or permanent loss of mobility) below the injured area of the spine. In the most serious of injuries, a spinal cord injury can be fatal. Of the nonfatal spinal cord injuries every year, almost half of the 7,800 are the result of a motor vehicle accident.

When the spinal cord injury is at the neck level, it can:

  • Cause Paralysis of the Trunk (Quadriplegia), Legs and Arms
  • Impair Breathing

When the spinal cord injury is in the lower back it can lead to loss of feeling and movement, along with weakness, in the:

  • Legs
  • Lower Body Parts (Paraplegia)

Lower spinal cord injuries only affect the lower body parts. When the spinal cord is severed it’s not repairable, however, if the damage to the spinal cord is less severe, recovery will depend on the damages extent.

There are many symptoms of damage to the spinal cord and they may include lack of coordination, numbness, weakness, loss of bladder or bowel control, tingling, pain and even paralysis. Any type of trauma which compresses, cuts, pushes sideways or pulls the spinal cord has a high probability of causing damage to the spinal cord from moderate to severe. Non trauma induced spinal cord damage can be caused by tumors, Friedrich’s Ataxia or spina bifida (inherited disorders), polio, blood clots or abscesses.

Whenever there is a suspected injury to the spinal cord, a myelogram or MRI, or a CT scan may be performed for use as a diagnostic tool. Whenever there is a spinal cord injury immediate action must be taken in order to focus on the stabilization of the spine along with aggressive corticosteroid drug treatment in order to limit the damage to the spine. At times, there may need to be surgical intervention in order to provide stability to the spine. This is most often a spinal fusion with metal pins and/or plates. After the healing of the initial injury, functional improvements may continue for at least a six month period. After the six month time period, any disability that remains will more than likely be permanent.

An intense program of rehabilitation therapies will be required for long-term treatment of spinal cord injuries. The continual treatment can include all or some of the following:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Careful and Continual Monitoring By Physicians
  • Nutritional Management
  • Psychological Counseling

Even when the damage is repairable, the person affected by the spinal cord injury is often looking at months or even years of the rehabilitation listed above, meaning loss of work, expensive medical bills and so on. If the damage to your spine is the result of negligence by another, you have rights and deserve adequate compensation. At The Doan Law Firm spinal injury personal injury lawyers are on call 24/7/365. Call today, regardless of the time or day. Accidents don’t wait for business hours and you deserve help now, call today for a free consultation and representation at (800) 349-0000.

Client Testimonials

Hear From Our Clients
    Blown away by the exceptional service.

    “Jimmy is someone you need to have in your corner when fighting the insurance companies for the compensation you deserve!”

    - D.P.
    The Doan Law Firm staff was very kind and helpful throughout the whole process of my injury claim.

    “They worked really hard on my case and never gave up. They got me the amount I deserved. I would recommend any family member or friend without any doubt.”

    - S.T.
    I received AAA+ care from Jimmy Doan and the Doan Law Firm team.

    “He was always available to answer all my questions and ease my anxiety while going through this process. He was able to recover enough to cover all my medical expenses and much more.”

    - H.F.
    They always answered the phone when I needed an update and always kept me informed.

    “They always answered the phone when I needed an update and always kept me informed.”

    - T.V.
    He and his paralegals dealt with the insurance company, and we just worried about getting better and going to the doctor.

    “They were so nice and always answered the phone or text messages. I am thankful to them for helping my family and I. I highly recommend them.”

    - S.V.
/

What Sets Us Apart from Other Firms?

The Difference is Clear
  • Serving Clients Nationwide
  • We Utilize the Latest Technology
  • No Fee Owed Unless We Win
  • Open, Honest & Upfront Legal Advice
  • Se Habla Español
  • Recognized in the Media & News
  • Virtual Consultations, Online Chat & Video Conferencing Available
  • We Respond to Texts, Emails, Calls Within 1 Hour

Get to Know Us

Watch Our Firm Videos to Learn More
  • Introducing The Doan Law Firm

    Learn about what motivates Attorney Jimmy Doan.

  • Testimonial 1
  • Get to Know Jimmy Doan

    Learn about Attorney Jimmy Doan's background and ...

/
Contact Us 24/7/365 to Discuss Your Case Fast, Friendly, Free Case Evaluation

Submit Your Information & Our Lawyer Will Contact You Within 1 Hour