Spinal Cord Injury
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Las Vegas Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Of all possible types of injuries, those involving the spine can be by far the most devastating. Their long-term impacts frequently extend beyond the victims themselves, touching their families as well as their friends. Savings accounts will suffer too when medical expenses continue to mount. Many sit and watch in helpless horror as the threat of bankruptcy closes in.
It doesn’t have to be this way. People who suffer spinal injury through no fault of their own deserve adequate compensation, and a good personal injury attorney from Weiner Law Group can help them obtain it.
What Spinal Cord Injury Involves
When people speak of the spinal cord, they are actually referring to the vital group of nerves that live inside the backbone and transmit messages between the brain and every part of the body. An injury to the spine can disrupt that communication, initiating a host of difficulties that range from an inability to perform sexually or regulate body temperature, to problems with breathing and bladder control. The worst possible outcome is of course partial or full paralysis.
The Usual Causes of Spinal Injury
Although the causative factors of spinal injury are many and varied, a small number bear the greatest responsibility. Chief among them are:
- Vehicular accidents. Automobile and motorcycle mishaps regularly account for about 35 percent of injuries to the spine.
- Slip & Falls. Taking credit for more than 25 percent of spinal cord injuries in the general population, spills disproportionately affect individuals over the age of 65.
- Physical attacks. Fifteen percent of spinal damage cases result from shootings, stabbings and other acts of violence.
- Athletic activity. Some who engage in contact sports or other rough-and-tumble recreational pursuits subsequently make up about 9 percent of all spinal injury patients.
- Surgery. Errors that occur during invasive surgical procedures involving the neck or back can damage to the spinal cord.
- Defective products. Spinal cord injuries may also ensue when items like seat belts and airbags fail to perform as expected.
Other, less-common causative factors include inflammatory conditions, arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer.
How to Know if You’ve Suffered Spinal Injury
Not all injuries to the spinal cord are immediately apparent. Symptoms may not appear until hours or days after the event that caused them. In general, you should suspect a problem if you:
- Find it difficult to move your limbs.
- Lose the sense of touch.
- Cannot control your bladder.
- Experience muscle spasms or overactive reflexes.
- Notice any changes in sexual function.
- Feel intense pain or stinging.
- Have trouble breathing or coughing up secretions.
Since not all symptoms appear upfront, the person who suffers substantial trauma to the head or neck should always seek an immediate medical evaluation.
Your Spinal Injury Compensation
While a successful personal injury lawsuit should reimburse the victim for his emotional, physical and monetary losses, compensation for a spinal cord injury must do far more than that. With such an injury, the aftereffects can extend far into the future and may even be permanent. Depending on the specifics of the case, any monetary damages may also need to help pay for such devices as wheelchairs, stair lifts and access ramps. Therefore, any award for spinal injury must not only make up for the victim’s pain and suffering but also cover the cost of rehabilitation and continuing medical care.
Filing Your Lawsuit
Anyone who wishes to file a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for causing spinal cord injury must be sure to start by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney. The defendant will assuredly try to show that the victim’s own carelessness played a role in causing the accident. Alternatively, if the activity itself was inherently dangerous, they will likely argue that the victim should have known going in that his participation could lead to serious physical harm. Those who ride horses, bungee jump or ski the black-diamond trail are often by definition assuming some of the risk.
Your Personal Injury Lawyer
The medical and legal issues involved in spinal cord injury lawsuits can be extremely complex. If you plan to file for damages, you’ll need the assistance of a personal injury attorney with experience in litigating spinal injury cases. You’ll find this attorney at Weiner Law Group. Please call at 702-202-0500 or fill out our contact form, and let us show you how we can help.