The spinal cord is responsible for movement, feeling, sensation, and regulating the body. A spinal cord injury is one of the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer. When the nerves or vertebrae become damaged or bruised, a person can experience life-changing disabilities resulting in millions of dollars in medical and care expenses.
Benefits of Working With An Attorney
If you or your loved one have suffered a serious spinal cord injury, you will benefit from discussing your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC have helped clients just like you recover all of the damages they deserve after a spinal cord injury. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
The thought of reaching out to an attorney after a catastrophic injury can seem overwhelming. However, if you have been seriously injured, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. Cases involving complex injuries require an extensive investigator process. Your attorney can begin protecting evidence that could become destroyed. They will interview witnesses before their memories begin fading. Your attorney can also protect you from insurance companies and defendants who are trying to pay you as little as possible.
While you recover and focus on your treatments, your attorney will be able to handle the negotiations and communication with insurance providers on your behalf. Working with an attorney will provide you with peace of mind and ensure that you don’t accept a settlement offer that is lower than your case’s value.
Many Spinal Cord Injuries Are Caused By Negligence
Unfortunately, many spinal cord injuries are entirely preventable. Negligence, recklessness, and intentional actions cause the majority of serious spinal cord injuries. Whenever an accident happens that results in injuries, there is always the potential that a person’s spinal cord could become damaged. Any force or impact that severs or injures the spinal cord has the potential to cause permanent, life-altering damage. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports or recreational activity accidents
- Acts of violence
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Swimming accidents
- Surgical errors
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Doctors diagnose spinal cord injuries as either incomplete or complete. An incomplete injury happens when the patient can still experience some motor function and sensation below the level of injury. There are various degrees of incomplete injuries. Some incomplete injuries can result in weakness in the legs, loss of some motor function, or loss of function on only one side of a person’s body. Patients with incomplete injuries can experience some are all of the following types of symptoms:
- Intense stinging or pain from damaged fibers
- Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing the lungs
- Changes in sexual function, fertility, and sensitivity
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex action or spasms
- Partial or complete loss of movement (paralysis)
- Loss of sensation, including touch, heat, and cold
- Difficulty regulating body temperature and blood pressure
- Spasms or exaggerated reflex action
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
Complete spinal cord injuries are typically the most serious. When a patient loses the ability to control motion and nearly all sensation and feeling below the injury, he or she has a complete spinal cord injury. Paralysis can affect a person’s hands, arms, trunk, feet, legs, and pelvic organs when a person has quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
Paraplegia is caused by damage to the spinal cord in a person’s lumbar region or lower back. Victims can experience a partial or total loss of motor and sensory functions in the lower half of their body. When a person’s cervical spinal cord becomes damaged, they are more likely to experience quadriplegia. Quadriplegia involves complete paralysis from a person’s neck down. Those with quadriplegic lose all motor and sensory functions in their arms, legs, and trunk.
Types of Compensation Available
Spinal cord injuries can be among the most complex and costly injuries to treat over a person’s lifetime. There is currently no cure for these types of injuries, and when a person becomes paralyzed, he or she will need extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Paralysis can cause a person to become unable to work and perform everyday activities or tasks that they once enjoyed. Serious injuries can also bring about emotional and psychological damages.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we work with financial experts to predict, as accurately as possible, all of the future medical expenses you will incur from your injury. Once we have estimated all of your current and future expenses, we will also include your non-economic damages from pain and suffering. We will help you pursue all of the damages you deserve, including your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and defendants. If we cannot reach an out-of-court settlement, we will pursue your case in court.
Discuss Your Case With an Attorney
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, our experienced attorneys know how to handle paralysis cases. We have a proven track record of helping clients obtain fair compensation after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury. If you or your loved one have experienced a spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence, we have the skills and experience necessary to provide you with excellent legal representation in your claim. Contact the Houston personal injury attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.