Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Pursue Maximum Compensation For Serious Injuries
Spinal cord injury is an injury causing damage to the spinal cord or to the nerves at the end of the spinal canal (known as the cauda equina). According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center,¹ in 2018 an estimated 17,700 people suffered, but survived spinal cord injuries. The effects of spinal cord injuries are devastating, and can impact not only the injured, but their family and community as well.
Personal Injury Involving SCI
Common causes of spinal cord injury (SCI) include swimming, diving, bicycling, boating and motorcycle accidents; car and other vehicular crashes, auto vs. pedestrian collisions, and even slip-and-fall incidents.
Sports injuries, especially in contact sports such as tackle football or lacrosse, can result in SCIs. Superman actor Christopher Reeve’s spinal cord injury was the result of his being thrown from a horse. Routine daily activities can result in tumbles down stairs, or injuries from blunt force trauma, which also can injure the spine.
If the negligence of another has caused you or someone you love to suffer a spine injury, you might have a personal injury claim for damages.
Medical Malpractice and SCI
Injuries to the spinal canal can also be the result of malpractice or the negligence of a health professional, such as in a poorly performed spinal surgery. If a surgeon makes a mistake or introduces an infection during surgery, a patient who expected a quick recovery from a routine back surgery might wind up paralyzed. Depending on the circumstances, the entire surgical team as well as the surgical center or hospital facility where things went wrong might be at fault.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a spinal cord incident, you need an experienced legal team to determine if you have a valid case. Then, you’ll need a team practiced in building a strong case and fighting for maximum compensation and justice for injuries, including pain and suffering. These cases are among the most complicated types of cases, but Wallace Wason, PLLC is ready to handle the medical details as well as the legal aspects of your spinal cord injury case.
Legal Considerations in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Whether a spinal cord injury causes partial or complete paralysis, nerve pain, other altered sensation, respiratory problems, muscular or reflex spasms, loss of bladder or bowel control, sexual dysfunction, or other symptoms, it can be life-altering. It is natural to consider the legal implications of the injury.
When someone’s ability to function independently in daily life is destroyed, not only the injured person’s life, but the lives of those around him or her may be seriously affected. Often the family and community are also affected financially, emotionally, and in other ways. Marriages can suffer, and children’s needs can be put on hold. A spouse often takes over all aspects of an injured person’s care and responsibility. The entire family may be disrupted by a severe spinal cord injury.
These types of damages can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit when handled by an experienced personal injury attorney, like those at Wallace Wason, PLLC. Our attorneys have the medical and legal background to fight vigorously for maximum compensation for victims of serious injuries.
Additional Impacts of SCI
Psychological and emotional impacts can be serious as well. This can lead to new diagnoses of anxiety or depression secondary to the SCI or a mental health crises.
A serious injury such as SCI may affect someone’s ability to earn a living, participate in favorite activities, maintain their previous degree of health and physical vigor, or pursue long-term plans. A single person who is injured in a spinal cord accident may wind up in a nursing home situation for lack of a family member to care for them. An elderly person may have a significantly shortened lifespan due to the impact of a cord injury.
In the case of these kinds of consequences of SCI at the hands of another, a lawsuit may be in order. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help to calculate the full damages, and negotiate for maximum compensation.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury
The rehabilitation and treatment for spinal cord injury is the subject of much research and there is a wealth of information available online for patients and families. Find updated information on treatment options and current research at the links below:
- Spinal Cord Injury Information from the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
- Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
- American Spinal Injury Association
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Wallace Wason, PLLC has decades of experience handling the types of complex medical cases that include nerve injuries impacting physical function, paralysis, and other serious injuries involving the head, neck, and spine. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by the negligence or malpractice of someone else, you need a dedicated team of attorneys who handle spinal cord injury cases on your side. Contact us today by completing our short form or by calling (703) 638-7717 for a free case evaluation.