The Law and Spinal Cord Injuries
Whenever there is spinal cord damage that leads to a loss of motor control and/or sensation there is an injury to the spinal cord. Where the damage has occurred in the spine/back will be the determinant factor in the types of function affected by the injury. An additional factor is the injuries severity.
There are approximately 11,000 people that will suffer an injury to their spinal cord every year. Of those 11,000:
- 45% of All Spinal Cord Injuries Are Complete – Total Function Loss below the Affected Vertebrae
- 47% of All Spinal Cord Injuries Will Result In Quadriplegia
- 52% of All Spinal Cord Injuries Will Result In Paraplegia
- 55% of All Spinal Cord Injuries Are Incomplete – Partial Loss of Sensation and Function
Motorcycle accidents and automobile accidents are the most common causes for SCIs (spinal cord injuries). The most common secondary cause is an everyday fall. One of the saddest facts about SCIs is that violence is expected to surpass the fall statistic sometime in the near term future.
It’s extremely important to know that there are no two spinal cord personal injury cases that are same. There are many levels to a spinal cord injury; thusly the damage from case to case can be significantly different. There is no insignificant spinal cord injury; however, the lower the injury is to the spinal cord the higher the likelihood of still having or regaining mobility of the hands and arms. On the contrary, the higher the injury is to the spinal cord, the higher the likelihood of permanent impairment.
The Doan Law Firms experienced spinal cord personal injury lawyers know that every client is unique and will necessitate personal and special attention. If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you’ll require an evaluation by a skilled spinal cord personal injury lawyer that’s skilled at representing spinal cord injury victims and is well versed in all aspects of spinal cord injury law. Not only are lawyers at The Doan Law Firm experienced in these areas, but we’re also very knowledgeable about advances in rehabilitation and medical treatments. Unlike other personal injury law firms, The Doan Law Firm handles spinal cord personal injury law, not just general personal injury law. When choosing your lawyer you want to go with a firm that’s specialized in your injury, not a generic personal injury firm.
Spine Injury Law
Virtually everyone has experienced a back injury at some point that interferes with their ability to do their daily routine, work, recreation or other activities. In the United States, Americans are spending $50 billion or more on back injuries and related problems, with back injuries being the most common job related disability. Additionally, back injuries are the second most leading cause of neurological ailments within the United States following only behind headaches.
The majority of all back injuries occurs in either the lumbar region or the cervical region of the back and will most typically be the result of a:
- Violent Act
- Car Accident
- Slip and Fall Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Truck Accident
The cervical region is the neck vertebrae, the uppermost seven. The lumbar region is in the lower back and is the five strongest and largest. There are many different types of back injuries, some of which are as follows:
- Lower Back Injuries
- Fractured Spines
- Crushed Vertebrae(S)
- Herniated Discs
- Torn Ligaments
Spinal injuries are often an event that’s life altering, often leading to acute or chronic pain along with tingling or numbness in the extremities, lack of muscle coordination, muscle weakness and acute or chronic pain.
Pursuing a spinal cord injury claim you’ll find that it’s a process that’s anxiety producing and complex. They’re very involved and will take a significant amount of time to resolve at times. Whenever we’re evaluating a spinal cord injury case, our experienced lawyers will make it a point to fully understand all of the rehabilitative medicine advances, the medical issues surrounding your injury, the increased mortality and your need for future medical care both on an emotional and medical basis.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Regardless of your injuries nature or the case, it’s extremely important to setup a consultation with a lawyer as soon as you’re possibly able to. You deserve compensation for the injuries you incurred and it may take litigation to ensure that you receive an adequate recovery and it’ll take an experienced spinal cord personal injury attorney to ensure that you have the resources and representation to get a proper settlement.
There is a statute of limitations, which means the timeframe you’re able to file your claim. You’ll want to consult a lawyer and proceed with your claim immediately. Also, as soon as possible you’ll want to have a full investigation into your injuries cause, the extent and nature of your injury and gather and preserve witness testimony and preserve any and all evidence.
The lawyers at The Doan Law Firm have a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience when it comes to representing people with spinal cord personal injuries, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Additionally, our lawyers have a very specific knowledge and skillset in the understanding of dealing with these types of injuries.
If you or a loved one has incurred a spinal cord injury as the result of another’s negligence, contact The Doan Law Firm and receive a free consultation and fully understand all of your legal rights. Our lawyers handle spine/spinal cord injury law. Lawyers are on staff to take your call 24/7/365, don’t wait and call now at (800) 349-0000.
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