An accident can leave numerous parts of the body permanently damaged, including the spinal cord. If you or someone you love was recently involved in a car collision or other serious accident that resulted in lasting damage to this essential body column, contact a Belton spinal cord injury lawyer.
With the help of a skilled catastrophic injury attorney, you could recover damages that help manage finances as you or the family member adjusts to their new life. Whether ongoing medical care calls for physical therapy, counseling, prescription medication, or other treatments that help with daily activities, a successful legal claim provides funds for such treatments.
When the spinal cord becomes injured, it can cause a range of physical symptoms, including:
A severe accident can also result in spinal paralysis and subsequently require a legal professional’s representation and guidance. Types of spinal paralysis include monoplegia or partial paralysis from issues such as brain injuries and strokes. Depending on the degree of nervous system damage, it is possible to recover from monoplegia with physical therapy.
Paralysis types also include hemiplegia, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Hemiplegia affects one side of the body, specifically the leg and arm, and can result from the spinal cord and brain trauma in addition to nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy. Paraplegia causes paralysis below the waist and typically involves the hips and legs. Depending on the injury, bladder, bowel, and sexual functions can also sustain damage. And while paraplegia can result from assorted infections, lesions, and tumors, it can also happen because of injuries.
Quadriplegia concerns paralysis below the neck, and like other paralysis, injuries can be temporary as compressed nerves heal. The most common cause of quadriplegia and other spinal cord injuries include car accidents, with other causes including falls, gunshot wounds, diving accidents, motorcycle crashes, and medical malpractice.
Healthcare professionals continue to learn about the complex nature of the spine; however, damage to the body part is often permanent. If the spinal injury occurred because of a car accident or other incident that was not the plaintiff’s fault, speaking with an attorney becomes pertinent. Treatment for spinal damage is often ongoing and involves physical therapy to hopefully facilitate healing processes within the body, as well as medication to manage pain.
Medical equipment is often needed as well for those with damage to their spines, such as special wheelchairs that ease mobility difficulties and supplies that deal with bladder and bowel functions.
Whether spinal vertebrae and nerve damage has affected you or a member of your family, life has changed significantly. Work with a Belton spinal cord injury lawyer to learn what your legal options are and what you can expect from filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. Catastrophic injuries that result in lasting bodily damage often result in higher payouts due to the life-altering consequences they create.
Do not hesitate to contact our legal team today and discuss your case with one of our talented and personable associates. We remain dedicated as ever to helping our clients navigate legal proceedings and hopefully obtain the compensation they deserve.