Neck and Spine Injuries
No one expects the sudden and life-changing consequences of a spinal cord injury (SCI). If an unanticipated event caused your SCI, you may have questions about the law and whether hiring an attorney can help you get the support you deserve. Here are some common FAQs about this serious medical condition and the role of lawyers.
If you have suffered a severe neck or spine injury, it is critical that you get an early, accurate diagnosis and medical treatment. Otherwise, nerve function can continue to deteriorate, turning a severe injury into a catastrophic and disabling one.
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Spinal Cord Injury Definition
A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that prevents proper functioning. Although a severed spinal cord is one kind of SCI, sometimes the cord is stretched or bruised. The result is partial or complete loss of movement, sensation or other function below the injury site.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Cord Injury
If you are considering hiring a personal injury attorney, you may have concerns about contacting a lawyer about your accident. We answer your most frequently asked questions below.
What Are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury?
Sudden impact or trauma cause most SCIs. According to the Mayo Clinic, 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year are caused by motor vehicle accidents, while acts of violence account for 15 percent. Other causes include falls, sports injuries, disease and defective products that malfunction.
When Is Spinal Cord Injury a Legal Matter?
Often, trauma that results in SCI is not just an accident. Even if no one intended to cause your injuries, someone may have failed to meet their legal duty of care. Under the law of negligence, when a corporation or individual does not act responsibly, they may be held legally accountable for the consequences.
Does the Person Who Caused My SCI Have Any Defense?
Unfortunately, even if you have a permanent injury, the defendants may argue that you were contributorily negligent. For instance, they may say you caused the car crash or assumed the risk of a sporting activity.
Claims for Neck and Spine Injuries
Our attorneys have won countless cases related to spinal injuries that caused paralysis or quadriplegia. Read about our verdicts and settlements in these types of cases. Our investigations of spinal cord injuries focus not only on the parties responsible for the accident, but to the extent that evidence exists, also on the emergency medical team who might have made the situation worse.
Our injury lawyers also work with rehabilitation and health experts as well as economists to ensure that all aspects of your case are handled properly.