Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm

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The spinal cord is a long, thin bundle of nerves that runs from the brain down the back. It is responsible for carrying messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged, it can interfere with these messages, causing paralysis or other movement problems.

Spinal cord injuries can change a victim’s life and leave them struggling to regain motor skills. A catastrophic injury to the spinal column can cause difficulty with mobility and severe pain and even affect communication ability. Consequently, medical costs can pile up, as spinal injuries may require assistance with daily tasks.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury resulting from another party’s negligence, contact the spinal cord injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. You need skilled legal representation from an experienced, knowledgeable and resourceful law firm that will fight to get you maximum compensation for your injury.

How Can a Spinal Cord Injury Affect Your Life?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can significantly affect many aspects of your life. An injury to the spinal cord may affect the extent of its symptoms depending on where it occurs on the cord and if it is complete or incomplete.

Some common effects of an SCI include pain, paralysis, bladder and bowel control problems, and disruption of sexual function. In addition to the physical effects, an SCI can lead to emotional difficulties, such as depression and anxiety.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are divided into complete and incomplete injuries based on severity. Complete spinal cord injuries describe permanent damage to the spine. Incomplete injuries refer to partial paralysis that permits victims a degree of feeling and movement. These spinal cord injuries may require assistive equipment and rehabilitation.

Paraplegia

Paraplegia is a condition in which an individual loses the use of their legs. It may also involve the loss of sensation and muscle control in the legs. While paraplegia can be caused by various factors, including spinal cord injuries, diseases, and congenital disabilities, it is most commonly the result of an injury to the spinal cord.

Rehabilitation and adaptive equipment can help many individuals with paraplegia live relatively normal lives, but the condition presents a significant challenge. Unfortunately, there is no cure for paraplegia, and individuals who suffer from the condition require lifelong care.

Tetraplegia

Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is a condition in which a person experiences paralysis of all four limbs. It can lead to a loss of sensation and mobility in the affected limbs and difficulty breathing. In some cases, cognitive impairments may also accompany it.

While there is no cure for tetraplegia, treatments available can help improve your quality of life. These include physical, occupational, speech, and assistive devices. People with tetraplegia can lead full and fulfilling lives with the right support.

Triplegia

Triplegia refers to the partial or complete paralysis of three limbs. Paralysis can be caused by various factors, including traumatic injury, stroke, or nerve damage. While triplegia can occur in any combination of limbs, it is most commonly seen in the arm-and-leg paralysis that results from a spinal cord injury.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

The amount of force from a vehicle collision or a fall from height can damage your spinal cord. Several accident types can produce sufficient trauma to affect your nervous system. These include:

Car Accidents

A spinal cord injury is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can occur after a motor vehicle accident. Car accidents result in spinal cord injuries more often than any other type of accident.

In severe cases, a spinal cord injury can even be fatal. If you have been in a car or motorcycle accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. A spinal cord injury may not always be immediately apparent, but it can cause permanent damage if not treated promptly.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

A slip-and-fall accident is when a victim slips or trips and falls, sustaining a spinal cord injury. This type of accident can occur on both public and private property. It can be caused by a variety of hazards, such as loose carpeting, spilled liquids, or uneven pavement.

Workplace Accidents

Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious and debilitating workplace injuries. Injuries to the spinal cord can occur from various sources, including falls, lifting heavy objects, and car accidents.

Construction accidents, including pinch point accidents and falling objects, can affect the lumbar spine or the cervical region‌.

Medical Malpractice

The spinal cord is a vital part of the nervous system, and an injury during surgery or other treatment to this area can cause permanent paralysis. The victim may ‌regain some movement and sensation through rehabilitation, but the prognosis is often bleak.

Besides the physical pain and suffering caused by such an injury, the victim and their family may also face significant financial burdens. Medical care and treatment costs can be astronomical, and the victim may not return to work.

Other types of medical malpractice that can lead to spinal cord injury include:

  • Birth injury
  • Surgical error
  • Nursing home negligence

Recreational Activity Accidents

Sports injuries, especially activities that involve contact between participants, such as football, can result in spinal cord damage. Over half of catastrophic injuries that result from sports involve cervical spine injury.

Other recreational activities that present a risk of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Boating
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Diving

A personal injury lawyer specializing in spinal cord cases can tie your spinal cord injuries to the type of accident that caused it. Our personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for the treatments you need for your spinal cord injuries.

Treatment and Therapies for Spinal Cord Injuries

Treatment for spinal cord injuries is limited, but medical technology is constantly improving. Most times, victims who suffered incomplete cord injuries can improve their health and live normal lives.

Neuroprotection

There is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries, but there is hope that neuroprotection may help to improve the prognosis for patients. Neuroprotection refers to therapies that aim to protect the nervous system from damage, and there is evidence that it may be beneficial for patients with spinal cord injuries.

One study found that a neuroprotective agent called minocycline can reduce inflammation and improve functional recovery in rats with spinal cord injuries. These findings suggest that neuroprotection may one day help patients with spinal cord injuries regain some degree of function.

Nerve Regeneration

There have been breakthroughs in ‌regenerative medicine, and researchers are now closer than ever to regrow damaged nerves. While there is still much work to be done, the prospect of regeneration offers new hope for those with spinal cord injuries.

Cell-Based Therapies

Cell-based therapies are an emerging treatment option for spinal cord injuries. These therapies typically involve transplanting healthy cells into the injured area of the spine to promote regeneration and repair. Cell-based therapies hold promise as a potential treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries.

In addition to promoting regeneration and repair, cell-based therapies may help reduce inflammation and improve nerve function. They offer a unique and potentially effective approach to treating this debilitating condition.

Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case

A spinal cord injury can have a profound and lasting impact on an individual’s life. The cost of medical treatment and lost income can quickly mount, and the physical and emotional effects of the injury can be devastating. If someone else’s negligence caused the injury, the injured party may ‌file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages.

To prove negligence, the victim must first establish that the negligent party owed them a duty of care, for example, in the case of medical malpractice. This duty varies depending on the relationship between the parties, but generally, people have a duty to exercise reasonable care in their interactions with others.

Once this duty has been established, victims must show that the responsible party breached that duty by acting carelessly or recklessly. They must demonstrate that they were injured as a result of the responsible party’s negligence. If ‌these elements can be proven, spinal cord injury victims may ‌recover compensation for their damages.

If another party’s negligence is involved in your spinal cord injury, proving a connection between the liable party and your loss of function is essential for recovering fair compensation. At the personal injury law firm of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., our senior partner Eileen Kroll, can help you build a strong personal injury claim.

Her legal knowledge and extensive nursing background provide a unique perspective on injury cases that allow for little argument from the insurance company.

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Obtaining Spinal Cord Injury Compensation

Spinal cord injury can devastate a person’s life, causing them to lose the ability to walk, move, or even feel below the point of injury. In some cases, severe injuries to the spinal cord may require lifelong care, and recovering maximum compensation can play a vital role in being able to find normalcy in their life.

As a spinal cord injury victim, you can recover economic damages such as medical bills and loss of wages. You can also recover non-economic damages, including:

  • Loss of livelihood
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of happiness
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Your spinal cord injury attorney can assess the total amount of compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and pain and suffering. They can also negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company to ensure you get a fair settlement for your losses.

We fight for Spinal Cord Injury Victims

If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced lawyer at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. as soon as possible. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys have years of experience in winning settlements for spinal cord injury victims and can help you through this difficult time and potentially complex litigation process.

Let our skilled personal injury attorneys and legal professionals carry the burden of fighting to protect your rights and get you the financial damages you deserve. You can expect us to:

  • Conduct an in-depth investigation of the circumstances surrounding your injury
  • Review your medical records and treatments you are receiving to determine the severity of your injury and its impact on your daily life
  • Consult expert medical professionals if necessary
  • Determine fair compensation
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies and opposing attorneys in a settlement
  • Take your case to trial if a fair settlement can’t be agreed upon
  • Charge no fees unless we win a settlement or judgment

Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.

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