Don’t Take Chances With Your Financial Recovery After A Spinal Cord Injury
Any type of accident that affects the spinal cord is likely to cause serious damage and debilitation to every bodily function, including the ability to speak, walk, think with clarity, or participate in daily life. It certainly affects a victim’s ability to earn money and support themselves in a manner in which they always have been able to before the accident. Today in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people live with permanently debilitating spinal cord injuries that are caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another person. These injuries impact the victim’s ability to do even the most basic daily activities, totally reshaping their own lives as well as the lives of their family members.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. At Germany Law Firm PLLC, attorney Bob Germany will be able to answer any questions that you have about your injury accident and whether you have the right to pursue a claim. If so, he will utilize nearly 40 years of experience to give you the best chance at financial recovery.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Typically Occur?
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports the most common causes of spinal cord injuries as:
- Vehicle accidents: Responsible for 42% of Spinal Injuries
- Falls: Responsible for 27% of Spinal Injuries
- Violent Acts or Assaults: Responsible for 15% of Spinal Injuries
- Sports and Recreation: Responsible for 8% of Spinal Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are by far the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Unlike injuries such as broken bones, which one can reasonably assume will heal with time, a spinal cord injury requires long-term care and treatment (often costing hundreds of thousands of dollars) and may never heal.
Spinal Cord Injuries And Their Effects On The Body
Injuries to the spinal cord can affect a person’s ability to function daily. That means that even the most basic functions of the body will cease to work the way that they did before the injury occurred. The following functions of the human body are affected:
- Control of bladder and bowels
- Partial or complete loss of sexual function
- Respiratory/breathing problems
- Development of pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Development of pneumonia
- Circulation problems
- Excruciating and chronic pain
These are just some of the complications that accompany a spinal cord injury. There are many other complications that can arise when the spinal cord is damaged. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury in an accident that was caused by another person or entity, you should speak with an attorney who has handled these types of cases with success.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries – Complete And Incomplete
Medical professionals classify spinal cord injuries into two different categories: complete and incomplete.
Complete Injury: A complete spinal cord injury indicates that there is a total and complete loss of function below the area of the spinal cord that was injured. This is caused by the spinal column’s inability to transmit or receive messages to and from the parts of the spinal cord below the injury. When someone has a complete injury, there is less possibility that they will recover any function to the paralyzed parts of the body. Medical professionals will not say that it is impossible to regain function but they will say that the likelihood is very low and that the road ahead is long.
Incomplete Injury: An incomplete injury means that there are still nerves that are functioning and that the spinal cord was not fully severed. An incomplete injury has a greater probability of recovering some functions that were initially lost because of the injury. Making sure that the injured victim gets treated for the spinal cord injury immediately following the accident will be paramount to the victim recovering functionality to any of the extremities or regaining other bodily functions in the future.
Because of the serious and life-changing effects that result from a spinal cord injury, our firm will aggressively pursue those responsible for your injury. We understand the serious consequences that this type of injury involves and will work diligently to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Get The Legal Help You Need – Reach Out Today
A spinal cord injury can and will have life-altering effects on the person who is injured and will also directly impact the family and loved ones of the victim. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury that was caused by the careless, reckless, criminal, or negligent actions of another person, contact Germany Law Firm PLLC today to discuss the specifics of your injury and find out if you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries and losses.
Our firm has been in business for more than 40 years and we have helped countless injured Mississippi residents successfully win their personal injury claims. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. You can send us a message online or call our Jackson office at 601-812-5524.