Representing People Who Have Suffered Injury to the Spinal Cord
Serious injury to the spinal cord can be truly catastrophic for victims and their families. This type of injury can have long-term consequences in every aspect of a person’s life. Spinal cord injury can result in partial or total paralysis, which can have serious, long-term health consequences, requiring extensive medical treatment. Victims are likely to require medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, and modifications to their vehicles and homes. They may suffer severe emotional distress from being unable to return to their normal lives.
What Are the Types of Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury is classified according to severity and location of the damage to the spinal cord. The lowest part of the spinal cord that remains undamaged is called the neurological level of the injury. The level of the injury will determine which areas of the body are affected by paralysis.
- Paraplegia: With this condition, paralysis affects the legs, pelvic organs, and all or part of the trunk.
- Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia): This condition occurs when the level of the injury is higher on the spinal cord. Paralysis affects the legs, pelvic organs, trunk, arms, and hands.
- Incomplete injury: When some motor function or sensation remains below the level of the injury – in varying degrees -- it is called incomplete spinal cord injury.
- Complete injury: Damage to the spinal cord is classified as complete when all feeling and ability to control movement are lost below the level of the injury.
What Are the Medical Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Together, the spinal cord and brain make up the central nervous system. Injury to the spinal cord can affect every system in the body. Common medical complications with spinal cord injury include:
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Pressure ulcers
- Muscle spasms
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Urinary tract infections
- Overuse injuries from operating and transferring in and out of a wheelchair
- Chronic pain
How Can Auto Accidents Cause Spinal Cord Injuries?
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injury in the U.S. They account for nearly 50% of these injuries every year, as reported by the Mayo Clinic. The impact of a car accident can cause a sudden blow to the spinal cord or surrounding areas. For example, cervical spinal injury occurs when a traffic crash causes fracture, dislocation, or other injury to the neck that damages the spinal cord. Disc herniation, ligament injury, fracture, or dislocation of the spine in a collision can result in a narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord, and long-term impairments.
How Do You Recover Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries?
To recover compensation for spinal cord injuries, you will need to file a claim for compensation against the responsible parties. The goal of a personal injury claim is to recover compensation for the losses you have suffered or will suffer because of your injuries. Your best chance of getting the compensation you deserve is to have experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers managing your case. Damages you may be entitled to claim may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Modifications to your home
- Lost earnings
- Loss of future earning potential
- Physical and mental pain and suffering.
Why Choose Us?
At Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, L.L.C., we have extensive experience in the courtroom, litigating on behalf of our injured clients. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have been awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and named among the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Call us at (317) 969-8000 if you have suffered spinal cord injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault. We are dedicated to defending the rights of people seriously injured through the negligence of others.