Spinal cord injuries are some of the worst conditions resulting from accidents in Stonecrest. A spinal cord injury can cause muscle weakness, paralysis, and more. If you or a loved one suffered this type of injury, contact a Stonecrest spinal cord injury lawyer today.
Spinal cord injuries can happen during car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and more. If someone else was at fault, you have legal rights. John Foy & Associates can determine your options and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation. You don’t pay us a thing unless we win you a settlement or court award. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to build strong cases. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is a tubelike column of nerves. It runs from the end of your brain to near the bottom of your spine.
Nerves in the spinal cord carry messages between your body and brain. When the spinal cord suffers damage, it can affect many things.
According to the Columbia University Department of Neurology, symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Partial or full paralysis
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of muscle movement
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Lack of feeling in your arms, legs, or chest
Each spinal cord injury is different. It often depends on the severity of the damage and where it happens. From the neck area to the lower back, different locations cause various degrees of injury.
Someone might need help breathing after a spinal cord injury. That could also become paralyzed in one or more body parts. Other muscles or reflexes might become damaged from the injury.
Spinal cord injuries can be either complete or incomplete:
- Complete spinal cord injuries remove feeling or movement below the injury level.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries still leave you with some feeling or activity.
Spinal cord injuries are usually more severe at higher levels. For example, a spinal injury in the neck area is often the most extreme. An injury might also get worse as time passes after the accident.
After an accident, it’s best to see a doctor immediately. Spinal cord injuries can become much worse without prompt treatment. Minor pain or discomfort could be more severe than you initially realize. Also, spinal cord injury symptoms might be a sign of other conditions, too.
Also, contact a Stonecrest spinal cord injury lawyer. A lawyer can help you get proper medical care and document your damages. To discuss your options during a FREE consultation, contact John Foy & Associates. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are too common after physical trauma. Unlike other injuries, spinal cord damage is not repairable. That’s why permanent paralysis can occur.
Spinal cord injuries often result from:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Physical assault or abuse
- Recreational or professional sports
Many accidents occur because of someone else’s actions. If another person or party caused your accident, you have rights. You might have a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your costs.
Talk to a lawyer today if someone else might have caused your injuries. You shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of somebody else’s negligence.
Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
A personal injury claim seeks financial recovery for several damages. Most of the time, you can file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company.
Your claim will need to outline each loss from your injury accident like:
Spinal cord injuries can be incredibly costly. An accident victim might need long-term or permanent medical care for their injuries. Common costs include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Medication costs
- Wheelchairs or other medical equipment
Consider past, current, and future medical needs. An experienced lawyer can calculate each loss you have had (or will have). Otherwise, you could end up paying to care for injuries that are not your fault.
Spinal cord injuries are often disabling. You might be unable to work again or as you could before the accident. Your claim should account for the work you’ll miss because of your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Spinal cord damage often causes emotional injuries. Besides financial losses, your overall quality of life might suffer. Calculating these damages is not easy.
Your lawyer will determine how the courts might value your pain and suffering. That usually includes using a standard formula to calculate a dollar amount. Your lawyer will consider:
- Emotional distress
- Mental trauma
- Disability costs
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Unfortunately, not everyone survives spinal cord damage. Someone might lose their life during an accident that causes spinal injuries. In fact, death rates are the highest during the first year of a spinal cord injury. Spinal injuries can also lead to other fatal conditions or diseases.
If a loved one died from a spinal cord injury, someone might be at fault. You and your family could have a wrongful death claim to seek compensation. The claim can include damages like:
- Medical costs from the loved one’s condition
- Lost wages the loved one would have earned if they’d lived
- Pain and suffering the loved one experienced before they died
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Funeral and burial costs
Talk to a lawyer if you lost a loved one in an accident. You might be able to bring a claim on behalf of the deceased. While this cannot undo the terrible thing that’s happened, it can help your family cover costs and start to heal.
Talk to a Stonecrest Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
Spinal cord injuries are severe injuries with life-long consequences. If you or a loved one suffered back or spine injuries, you might have legal rights. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you bring a strong compensation case.
Our team does not charge a fee unless we win you money. You can get started today without upfront or out-of-pocket costs. For us, each case is personal, and it has been for over 20 years of practice.
To get your FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.