A spinal cord injury is one of the most catastrophic and life-changing events a person can endure. It can happen in nearly any type of accident, and the results are almost always devastating. Every aspect of a person’s life can be affected, and the need for legal representation after an accident involving a spinal cord injury cannot be overstated. At Deldar Legal, our compassionate personal injury attorneys will aggressively fight for the compensation you need after a spinal cord injury and hold those responsible for the accident accountable for their actions. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is an umbrella term that refers to any injury to a part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. This type of injury can often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, movement, and other bodily functions. The location and severity of the injury determine a victim’s level of bodily autonomy after an accident.
The severity of a spinal cord injury is either deemed “incomplete” or “complete.” An incomplete injury means that the victim still retains some sensory and motor function below the point of the spinal cord injury. A complete injury means that the victim has lost all feeling and movement below the point of injury. Spinal cord injuries are also identified as either paraplegic or quadriplegic injuries. Paraplegic means that paralysis affects the lower half of the body, whereas quadriplegia means that hands, arms, truck, legs, and the pelvic region are all paralyzed from the accident.
Lasting Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
While the most obvious damage of a spinal cord injury is paralysis of part or most of the body, there can be other lasting effects of this type of injury for victims. Additional repercussions of a spinal cord injury include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
- Changes in sexual function, sensitivity, and virility
- Pain or intense stinging sensations
- Difficulty coughing, breathing, or clearing the lungs
The victims of spinal cord injuries often require a lifetime of additional care and extensive medical treatment. You need an attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve after this type of accident to cover all of your medical needs now and in the future.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
Compensation for accidents involving spinal cord injuries includes payment for all special and general damages. Special damages include coverage of all medical bills, lost wages, and loss of future income and benefits. This also includes payment for all hospitalization, surgeries, medications, treatment, medical devices, rehabilitation, and long-term care. General damages compensate the victim for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
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