Spinal cord injuries occur when any parts of the neck, back, lower back, connective tissues, surrounding muscles, vertebrae, and nerve cells are injured. Not only can spinal cord injuries be very dangerous and life threatening, they can cause paralysis or death.
The spinal cord acts as both a support beam for your body, holding your body upright, and also a nerve-highway, sending signals from the brain to much of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can result in life-changing injuries or disabilities. Spinal cord injury victims often require non-stop medical attention and care to accomplish even the simplest tasks. Be sure to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable attorneys to learn more! Call 618-888-8888 for our Illinois, IL office, or 314-333-3333 or 573-333-3333 for our St. Louis, MO office.
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Complications of Spinal Trauma
Spinal cord injuries are made additionally difficult because they can arise months after the incident that originally caused them. The injury can be detected through symptoms such as:
- Breathing Problems
- Weak Muscles
- Loss of Feeling
- Blood Pressure Problems
- Heart Rate Problems
- Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control
- Digestion Problems
- Sexual Dysfunction
Building Your Injury Claim
Spinal cord injury claims are very difficult to handle legally because they require review of numerous medical records, as well as the determination of all the losses you have suffered as a result of the injury.
Although a spinal cord injury can occur as a result of many different incidents, most spinal cord injuries result from serious trauma, usually caused by:
How Much Compensation Can You Receive for Your Spinal Cord Injury Case?
The amount of compensation you can receive for a spinal cord injury (SCI) case is dependent on factors unique to your claim. At Brown & Brown, we will seek compensation for all related damages, including:
Current and future lost wages
Current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses
Home modifications such as ramps and handrails
Adaptive technologies such as wheelchairs
Loss of ability and forced lifestyle changes
Pain and suffering
At Brown & Brown, we know how to fight for fair and full compensation. We prepare every case for trial, even if it will likely settle in mediation. In this way, we can help to ensure that you are not being cheated out of the settlement you truly deserve. Experienced, dedicated, and effective, our spinal cord injury attorneys can also help you select proper treatment from highly trained professionals to assist you in making the best recovery possible.
What Evidence Can You Use in a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
Evidence that may be used in an SCI case includes accident reports, medical records, insurance forms, and other documentation regarding the cause, extent, and cost of your injury. Evidence may also come from witness interviews, SCI experts, and statements from anyone involved in the accident, including you.
Because gathering and presenting this information can prove extremely difficult, it is often best to have an attorney on your side as soon as possible following an accident that results in spinal cord injury.
How Do You Deal With Medical Expenses After a Spinal Cord Injury?
You can pay out of pocket for medical expenses following SCI or you can rely on insurance payments to help deal with medical expenses. However, medical bills can add up quickly following injury to the spine, with costs often exceeding hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime. An attorney may be able to assist you in securing a more suitable settlement, helping to ensure your current and future financial needs are met.
It is important to remember that once you have accepted an insurance settlement, you waive your right to seek compensation through legal action. Before you say “yes” to an insurance offer, give us a call to speak with one of our SCI lawyers for free and learn what your case may be worth.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Spinal Cord Injury?
Several factors go into determining liability following an accident. To truly understand who is liable, it is often best to have an investigation conducted by an experienced and qualified attorney. Your attorney may work with experts in various fields to review ports, recreate the scene, and perform additional tasks necessary for learning who is at fault for your injury.
What are the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?
There are two types of SCI:
Complete, marked by severing or irreversible damage to the spinal cord
Incomplete, marked by damage to the spinal cord that may be temporary or reversible
Within these types, there are levels of SCI depending on the area of the spine that has been impacted. Both the severity and location of a spinal cord injury will determine its effects, with many being permanent or requiring years of painful and difficult therapy to overcome.
How Long Does It Take To Show Signs or Symptoms?
In most cases, the symptoms of a spinal cord injury happen right away. However, it is possible for the symptoms to be slightly delayed due to the initial shock of the injury. Furthermore, symptoms may not develop until there is bleeding and swelling near the injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury?
Because the spine controls a majority of the functions in the body, there are, unfortunately, quite a few symptoms that can occur from a spinal cord injury.
Below is a list of all the different symptoms that can people can potentially experience:
- Loss of movement
- Losing control of your bladder and bowels
- Your sensation to heat, cold, and touch is altered or lost
- You experience exaggerated reflexes or spasms
- You have intense pain or feel stinging in the nerves of your spinal cord
- You find it difficult to breathe or you are coughing up secretions from your lungs
Unfortunately, there are also a few signs that warrant an emergency visit to the doctor. These symptoms include a complete loss of control over your bladder and bowels, your limbs are numb, you are having trouble maintaining your balance or your back or neck are turned in an odd position. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
What Is the Average Length of Stay in Hospital?
How long a person stays in the hospital due to a spinal cord injury is typically 11 days. Once that time has passed, they usually transition into a rehabilitation facility where the stay is around 36 days. Though, it is worth mentioning that your hospital stay is dependent on how severe the injury was and if you have any underlying health issues.
Is It Possible for a Full Recovery?
In exceptionally rare cases, it is possible for someone to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, this type of injury is typically permanent and may only regain some functionality with the appropriate treatment. Speaking of treatments, there is currently no proven way to fully restore a person’s functions after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
Call Brown & Brown, LLP For Your Spinal Cord Injury Consultation!
If you or a loved one has suffered damage to the spinal cord or other serious injury, discuss your legal options with the attorneys at Brown & Brown, LLP today by calling us in St. Louis (dial the 3s: 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333) or Illinois (8s: 618-888-8888).
Your initial consultation is free. If you are unable to come to one of our offices, we will come to your home or hospital.