Have You Sustained a Spinal Cord Injury?
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) due to the negligent actions or inactions of another, let us know how we can help. As a result of a spinal cord injury, you may be left with costly medical bills and the inability to work. Contact a Longview personal injury attorney from our firm today.
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are a result of injury to the spinal cord caused by trauma as opposed to disease. The effects of SCI can be serious and, in many cases, long-lasting. Symptoms resulting from SCI may vary according to the location of the injury, and they may range from mild to severe. The injury can be “incomplete” where the victim experiences little or no effect or “complete” where there is a total loss of function. In severe cases, SCI can cause full or partial paralysis of the lower and/or upper portions of your body. Extensive physical therapy may be required for rehabilitation even in a milder case of SCI. If you have fallen victim to this catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, let us help you.
Paralysis Due to Spinal Cord Injury
Paralysis is the inability — whether temporary or permanent — to move a part of the body. In almost all cases, paralysis is due to nerve damage, not to an injury to the affected region. For instance, an injury in the middle or lower regions of the spinal cord is likely to disrupt function below the injury, including the ability to move the feet or feel sensations, even though the actual structures are as healthy as ever.
Spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis are a tragic consequence of car wrecks in many instances. Victims with paralysis often face a lifetime of medical expenses, rehabilitation, and diminished earning capacity. If someone else was responsible for causing the crash, you may be entitled to bring a legal claim for your paralyzing injuries.
Why You Should Choose the Sloan Firm for Your Paralysis Case
When you put your legal matter in the hands of the Sloan Firm, you will be represented by a team of skilled attorneys who are prepared to fight for you. Our lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff are ready to evaluate your case.
We take the time to get to know you and every detail of your case. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff doesn’t just look at the injuries. We see the people behind the injuries.
How Our Firm Helps Victims of Paralysis Caused by the Negligence of Others
If you or a family member has suffered paralysis as a result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss in income and earning potential, among other things.
We can manage all aspects of your legal matter you can focus on what matters most to you.
We are ready to:
- Take time to listen to you describe what happened.
- Provide free advice about your best legal options.
- Give you our honest assessment of whether you have a valid case.
- Thoroughly and independently investigate your accident to find out what really happened and who could be held responsible.
- Work with professionals in accident reconstruction, medical treatment, occupational rehabilitation, financial planning, and other relevant fields.
- Take care of all communications with the insurance companies on your behalf.
- Deal with all the paperwork in your case.
- Keep you informed about the status of your case.
- Be available to answer your questions and explain anything you don’t understand.
- Make you our priority and give your case the care and attention to detail that it deserves.
- Argue your case in court if that’s what it takes.
Types of Paralysis
Paralysis occurs when damage to the spinal cord affects a person’s control over their muscles and/or limbs. Paralysis may be complete or partial. This depends on the severity of the spinal cord injury. If the spinal cord was completely severed, then the paralysis is complete. If the spinal cord was injured but still attached, the injury is partial paralysis.
There are four main categories of paralysis:
- Quadriplegia (tetraplegia). This is paralysis below the neck, which typically affects all the limbs and organs below the location of the injury. Some people with quadriplegia may improve or regain some function with physical therapy. Quadriplegia is usually caused by spinal cord injuries, such as in car accidents, falls, etc., brain injuries due to injections or stroke, spinal and brain lesions, tumors and infections, severe nerve damage, or drug or alcohol overdoses.
- Paraplegia. Paraplegia is paralysis below the waist, though the degree of paralysis may differ from person to person. Paraplegia causes significant impairment of day-to-day life, but it may respond to physical therapy. The most common cause of paraplegia is spinal cord injuries, but it can also be caused by spinal cord infections or lesions, brain tumors or infections, strokes, spinal cord oxygen deprivation, or local nerve damage (at hip level).
- Monoplegia. This is paralysis of one single area of the body, such as one arm or one leg. Monoplegia is generally caused by cerebral palsy, but can also be caused by strokes, nerve damage, brain injuries, tumors, or impacted or severed nerves. People with monoplegia are sometimes able to heal or regain function of their paralyzed area with time and physical therapy.
- Hemiplegia. This is paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side of the body. Hemiplegia may improve or worsen with time, and may respond to physical therapy.
Causes of Paralysis
Paralysis is usually caused by some sort of spinal cord injury, which is often the result of a car crash or some other kind of trauma. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the most common causes of spinal cord injury are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Acts of violence
- Recreational sports activities
Paralysis is also caused by strokes because they cause injuries to the brain and disrupt communication between the brain and spinal cord.
Costs of Living with Paralysis
Living with paralysis has direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include paying for:
- Alterations to home and vehicles in order to accommodate paralysis
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Personal assistance
Average yearly expenses can range from $500,000 to over $1 million or more, and around $4.5 million or more in a lifetime. Indirect expenses include loss of wages and earning potential, and productivity.
Types of Compensation Available for Accident Victims with Paralysis
If you are paralyzed, you may have a mountain of medical bills that just keep coming. Compensation for your paralysis is intended to alleviate some of the suffering that life changes that come as a result of paralysis.
Types of compensation available include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other physical, financial and emotional harm
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
If you have suffered a serious injury due to another’s negligence, you need someone to advocate for you. Once you have begun to receive medical care for your injury, contact us so we can lighten your load by gathering the information necessary to pursue your claim.
At the Sloan Firm, what matters to you, matters to us.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Serving Longview
The spinal cord injury attorneys at the Sloan Firm want to help you to pursue your legal rights and options. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team of professionals, including attorneys, investigators, paralegals and support staff, are committed to serving you. We take the time to learn about your special needs to better assist you through this painful experience. We look at more than just the injuries; we look at the people behind the injuries. We have lawyers ready to help you in Longview, Houston, and throughout East Texas, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico. We can provide advice and guidance to help you through this difficult time.
Contact a Longview spinal cord injury attorney from our firm today.