Spinal cord injuries are debilitating conditions that can have a profound impact on every aspect of a one's life. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of someone else's negligence, or purposeful conduct, you may be entitled to compensation. Here's what you need to know:
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by car accidents, falls, or violence. In many cases, the injury is due to the negligence of another party. For example, if a driver runs a red light and hits your car, causing you to suffer a spinal cord injury, that driver may be held responsible for your injuries.
There are also instances in which a spinal cord injury can seemingly occur without any fault on the part of another party yet be caused by past conduct. For example, if you were to suffer a spinal cord injury in a slip and fall accident caused by property owner neglect, the property owner may still be held liable if they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent such an accident from happening.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
The effects of a spinal cord injury can be both physical and emotional. Paralysis is one of the most common physical effects of a spinal cord injury. Paralysis can be partial (paraplegia) or complete paralysis (tetraplegia). Other common physical effects include loss of sensation, loss of motor function, and chronic pain.
The emotional effects of a spinal cord injury can be just as devastating as the physical ones. Many victims suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not uncommon for victims to become isolated and withdrawn following a spinal cord injury.
Recovery & Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
The road to recovery following a spinal cord injury is often long and difficult. Depending on the severity of the injury, some victims may never fully recover. Others may require years of costly medical treatment and rehabilitation before they are able to resume their normal lives. The financial burden caused by a spinal cord injury can be devastating for both the victim and their family.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury to someone else's negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and more. SGT's experienced personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing clients with spinal cord injuries and can help you understand your legal rights and help you move forward and focus on your recovery and nothing else. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.