Spinal Cord Injuries
Our Seattle Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Explain Your Legal Options
Of all the injuries you could suffer in an accident, spinal cord injuries are by far one of the worst possible outcomes. These injuries often lead to permanent paralysis, leaving victims either paraplegic or quadriplegic. Spinal cord injuries are also one of the most expensive types of injuries you could suffer. According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the lifetime costs of a complete C1 spinal cord injury at 25 years old can exceed $4 million. This figure does not even account for lost income or pain and suffering damages.
There are multiple causes of spinal cord injuries, such as car accidents, falls, violence, contact sports, work accidents or surgical errors. Depending on the cause of the injury, accidents survivors or their family members may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, our Seattle spinal cord injury lawyer may be able to help obtain the compensation you deserve. Herschensohn Law PLLC has extensive experience with cases involving serious injuries.
We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about cases we resolved for past clients. You can call us to schedule a free consultation if you want to discuss recovering compensation for an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury. We also have a contact form on our website for scheduling a free consultation.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic spinal cord injuries may be caused by:
- Automobile accidents
- Defective products that lead to an accident
- Workplace accidents, including maritime accidents
- Gunshot wounds and other acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Medical or surgical complications
Because there are so many incidents that can lead to spinal cord injuries, there are several types of lawsuits that can be filed against negligent or intentionally dangerous parties. These include personal injury lawsuits and medical malpractice lawsuits.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of movement
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Exaggerated activities or spasms
- Changes in sexual sensitivity
Your case may be emergent if you experience one of the following symptoms:
- Extreme pressure in the head, neck, or back
- Weakness or loss of coordination in any part of your body
- Loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, toes, or feet
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Impaired breathing immediately following an injury
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
These are multiple types and levels used to evaluate the severity of spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can result in two major conditions:
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which results from injuries to the spinal cord in the neck region and causes loss of movement in everything below the neck.
- Paraplegia, which results from injuries to the spinal cord in the mid-to-lower back and causes loss of movement in everything below the waist.
- Myelomacia, Bleeding of the spinal cord can occur as a result of an to acute injury, such as that caused by intervertebral disc extrusion (being forced or pressed out). In the most severe cases, paralysis of the respiratory system manifests in death.
It’s important to note that you may not lose all function and feeling if you suffer from tetraplegia or paraplegia. These can further be separated into complete and incomplete injuries.
A complete injury results in the total loss of all motor and sensory functions below the level of the injury. Roughly half of all spinal cord injuries are complete and equally impact both sides of the body.
An incomplete injury allows your body to retain some function below the level of the injury. You may be able to move one side of your body and not the other. You may experience sense but no movement. The level of your injury will help a jury determine how much compensation you are owed.
Proving Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
In order to win a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your spinal cord injury, you must prove three things:
- First, that the defendant owed you a certain duty of care. For example, your physician owes you a professional level of medical treatment.
- Second, that the defendant violated that duty of care. For example, if a driver on the roadway swerves into your lane without warning, a commonly held rule of the road has been violated.
- Third, that the violation of care directly resulted in your spinal cord injury.
Contact Our Seattle Spinal Cord Injury Attorney for Representation
Have you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence? It’s time to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Seattle spinal cord injury lawyer for assistance and representation at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.
We can help you determine whether you have legal options to file a lawsuit. Our law firm takes cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not owe us attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation.