If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you’re not alone – every year, nearly 11,000 Americans injure their spinal cord in various accidents. Though many accident victims feel tempted to not take legal action so they can get their accident behind them as soon as possible, spinal cord injury victims tend to suffer lifelong damages and need extensive medical care, especially if they are permanently paralyzed. If your accident was caused by negligence, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation from those responsible. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC can help you get the compensation you need to pay for your bills and prepare for an altered future. Our Mesa spinal cord injury attorneys have helped many clients like you and understand what you may be going through – you can rely on us to treat you with compassion throughout your case.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is an important part of the body, as it consists of a bundle of nerves that are responsible for sending information between your brain and the rest of the body. It’s located in the back and runs from the base of your brain to just above your waist. Though the spinal cord is protected by vertebrae, a blow to your spinal column in an accident can shatter your vertebrae and damage your nerves.
Not all spinal cord injuries are the same, as the extent of your injuries will depend on where you were injured along the spinal cord. These injuries are classified as tetraplegia or paraplegia.
Also known as quadriplegia, this injury is typically caused when trauma impacts the spinal cord in the neck area and results in the loss of sensation in all areas of the body below the neck. The individual impacted will not be able to use both of their arms and legs.
Spinal cord injuries that occur below the neck and result in the loss of sensation in the lower half of the body, including the legs, are classified as paraplegia. Paraplegia can cause additional complications such as the loss of bladder and bowel control, loss of sexual ability, and the inability to regulate body temperature and blood pressure.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries & Accidents
When you injure your spinal cord and rush to the emergency room, your doctor may classify your injury as complete or partial, which refers to how damaged your nerves are. A complete injury means there is no sensation below the injury site, and both sides of your body are impacted, while a partial injury means there is still some function and feeling below the site of injury. With a partial spinal cord injury, the individual may be able to move one limb more than the other.
Any type of accident can result in spinal cord injuries if you suffer a blow to your back or neck, but car accidents are known to cause many of these injuries. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in general in the U.S., as more than 6 million occur every year. Spinal cord injuries can occur when drivers and passengers are thrown from their vehicles, hit by flying objects, are struck when their vehicles roll over.
Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
Some spinal cord injuries might not be obvious immediately, which is why it’s important to seek medical attention after your accident so your doctor can diagnose and treat it properly. Some symptoms of a spinal cord injury include loss of feeling in your arms or legs, loss of bladder or bowel control, breathing issues, muscle weakness, and loss of voluntary muscle movement in your arms, legs, or chest.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
If your spinal cord injury causes paralysis, you may be concerned not only with the costs of emergency medical care, but future costs, too. People diagnosed with paralysis may have to undergo months or years of physical therapy, and they will need medical equipment like lifts, wheelchairs, and more to get around easily. Many victims may also be out of work if their previous job required physical activity.
Our attorneys can calculate all of these costs to determine how much you deserve. Our clients shouldn’t have to go into debt to treat injuries they didn’t cause.
We’ve recovered millions for clients in damages that have included the following:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Medical equipment
- At-home nursing care
Spinal cord injuries can change your life in an instant. Our attorneys strive to make your transition process a little easier and less stressful by recovering the damages you’re owed and holding negligent people responsible for their actions.
"Jess was amazing. He instantly put my mind at ease on the handling of my case. If you want great results and to deal with great people, Jess Gulbrandsen is who you need to see after a car accident."Todd, Client
"I got into a real bad roll-over, and they did everything to their ability to get me what was right. I just want to give a huge thanks to Chris and Ria for all the wonderful help and time that they put into my case, as it was a long one."Matt, Client
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