Spinal cord injuries can arise from many types of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents, construction accidents, and slip and fall accidents. When trauma partially or completely severs the spinal cord, an individual will lose some ability to function and feel normally. Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries can completely change someone’s life.
The attorneys at SteinLaw cannot bring back lost senses or motor functioning, but we can and will do everything in our power to seek justice on your behalf. Our team uses cutting-edge resources, legal expertise, and creativity to file strong claims against those responsible for your losses. In filing a personal injury claim, you and your family can obtain fair compensation to help you cope with your losses. You may also discover that pursuing legal action brings you closure and a sense of justice.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord runs down the length of the back from the brain. It serves as a sort of information superhighway between the body’s extremities and the brain. In a simplified example, the spinal cord works like this: you pick up something cold, nerve networks relay the message to your spinal cord, your spinal cord sends the message to your brain, and you feel the sensation of being cold. In addition to feeling sensations, the spine also transmits messages about motor functionality.
The location and severity of a spinal cord injury will determine where you lose sensation and motor functionality. Spinal cord injuries may include:
- Incomplete and complete injuries. Incomplete injuries occur when the cord only experiences partial damage. With these injuries, an individual often retains some functionality. Complete injuries completely cut through the spinal cord, destroying all functionality. Depending on the type of injury and the individual, someone may regain some sensation and/or motor functionality over time.
- Tetraplegia. Injuries that damage the cervical spinal cord (near the top of the spine) tend to cause the most damage. Individuals who suffer from tetraplegia often lose the ability to function below the neck.
- Paraplegia. Damage to the thoracic spine typically causes symptoms in the legs and lower body regions.
- Types of incomplete injuries. Incomplete injuries to one part of the spinal cord may cause isolated symptoms, including loss of sensation, loss of movement, or a mixture of both. In some cases, an individual may retain functionality on one side of the body and lose it on the other.
Losing any ability to move and feel can have detrimental effects on an individual’s life. Some individuals may completely lose their independence, while others may never heal enough to return to a previous career.
Spinal Cord Injury and Personal Injury Cases
Our firm handles spinal cord injury cases of all kinds. We help individuals who receive injury diagnoses for the first time and those who experience complications with caretakers or medical providers after a diagnosis. Each case requires a creative and experienced approach, which is why many Florida clients prefer working with us. We handle only a select number of cases so that we can focus all of our attention on securing meaningful results. We do not want to just make your life bearable—we want to help you thrive after experiencing a preventable tragedy.
When we accept your claim, we will work with medical experts and financial analysts to put together a fair and strong case against the defendant in question. The attorneys at SteinLaw can help you find effective medical treatment and negotiate with insurance providers and bill collectors throughout the duration of your case. Our goal is to give you resources to heal today and into the future. If someone’s carelessness caused your injury or complications, we will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.