Seek Compensation with the Help of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Coping with a catastrophic injury is never easy, but spinal cord trauma can be particularly devastating. It is difficult for many families to anticipate the challenges presented by this life-altering injury. Accident victims are often told to contact a spinal cord injury lawyer and pursue compensation for their injuries. Our San Diego, CA, law firm has helped many clients recover significant damages for injuries that can be physically, emotionally, and financially destructive.

Our personal injury attorneys fully understand the scope of this disabling condition, and we fight hard to ensure our clients receive full and just restitution to help rebuild their lives. Our attorneys, led by Mr. Kerry Steigerwalt, work on a contingency basis, which means that we will only collect legal fees if we are successful in securing compensation for your claim. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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About Spinal Cord Injuries

An estimated 300,000 individuals in the United States suffer from acute spinal cord injuries. The most common causes of these injuries include motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents. Sports-related trauma, criminal attacks, construction accidents, and diving accidents are among other leading causes of spinal cord injury.

These injuries typically involve a degree of lost or impaired sensation, function, and mobility, depending on the location of the trauma. Injured parties may suffer paralysis, including paraplegia affecting the nerves that control the pelvis and lower extremities, or quadriplegia, which impairs function from the neck down.

When an accident victim is severely impaired, it may require significant lifestyle changes that affect the entire family. The injury itself and the changes in functional abilities may require many accommodations be made for daily living. In addition to hospital care and extensive physical therapy, many victims need to purchase medical equipment to use in their homes. These added expenses are difficult to account for, especially when dealing with the emotional upheaval of such a serious accident.

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A Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Can Help You Receive the Compensation You Deserve

A spinal cord injury is a disabling condition that can have a significant negative impact on your life. At San Diego Injury Lawyer we believe that you should be compensated for you and your family's pain and suffering. A spinal cord injury attorney can help you navigate the complex process and provide the court with substantial evidence to help you receive the recovery you deserve.

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LEVELS OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES

The spinal cord is divided into three sections. The cervical spine is at the top part of the back, near the shoulders and neck. The thoracic portion is located in the middle of the back, while the lumbar section includes the lower back down to the tail bone. The brain sends signals for body function and control down the spine. When one area of your spinal cord is injured, these signals can no longer properly travel to other areas of the body, limiting physical function below the site of the injury.

High and Low Cervical Injuries

Typically the most severe type of spinal cord injuries, a cervical injury, occurs at the highest point on the spine. These injuries can cause paralysis from the neck down, possibly resulting in quadriplegia. Victims of these injuries may lose ability to breathe, cough, and control bladder or bowel movements on their own. In addition, some may experience varying degrees of speech impairment.

Lower cervical injuries may not result in total paralysis. Victims may have the ability to move their arms, but most suffer from paralysis in the wrists and hands, as well as the torso and legs. The lowest cervical injuries may allow victims to operate a modified vehicle and perform most daily tasks without assistance.

Upper and Lower Thoracic Injuries

Illustration of the vertebrae and spinal cordInjuries that affect the upper thoracic spine usually result in paraplegia, or paralysis of the torso and legs. Most victims can use a manual wheelchair since they have upper body mobility, and some may even be able to walk with the support of braces. Victims with an upper thoracic spinal injury can usually operate a modified vehicle. Lower thoracic spinal injuries may cause victims to only lose partial control of the torso, but most victims have little to no control over the lower body. 

Upper and Lower Lumbar Injuries

Upper and lower lumbar injuries usually result in the loss of functionality and mobility in the hips and legs. Many victims have little to no control over their bladder or bowel movements. Those with upper lumbar injuries may need a wheelchair, but some victims of both upper and lower lumbar injuries can eventually walk again with sufficient physical therapy.

TOLL OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES

Spinal cord injuries can have a serious, negative impact on both victims and their families. Because these catastrophic injuries can limit mobility for the rest of a victim's life, the emotional cost can be severe. To help you cope with these varying emotions, you may want to find a support group, which can help both victims and families. Turning to a counselor or therapist can help as well. With time, you and your family can adjust and become accustomed to your injury and your altered lifestyle.

In addition to the emotional struggles caused by a spinal cord injury, the financial expenses can be significant. Ongoing treatments and physical therapy, mobility equipment and vehicles, and modifications to homes to adapt for paralyzed victims can lead to serious, ongoing financial burdens. To help protect your future, San Diego Injury Lawyer can pursue a personal injury case to seek the compensation you need to ease your financial worries, helping you to focus on recovery.

SEEKING LEGAL COUNSEL FROM A SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYER

If negligence is to blame for a life-altering injury, the victim and family should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. Obtaining representation from a reputable law firm is the key to effectively seeking the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge with years of experience navigating insurance and liability investigations that are often confusing and intimidating to families in crisis. We can eliminate the confusion and handle all settlement negotiations so victims and their families can focus on their needs and adapting to a new life.

To help protect your future, San Diego Injury Lawyer can pursue a personal injury case to seek the compensation you need to ease your financial worries, helping you to focus on recovery.

NEGLIGENCE AND LIABILITY

When serious accidents occur, the question of blame or liability is immediately raised. In many cases, clear blame can be placed on the negligent or reckless actions of one party. For example, a car accident that is caused by a drunk driver who has been convicted of criminal charges can clearly be held liable for injuries. 

Other forms of negligence are less obvious but can still demonstrate liability. An example of this might be a criminal attack that occurs in a dark parking lot. If the store or business had inadequate lighting or failed to provide extra security in an area known as unsafe, the victim could have a negligent premises liability claim. Other common negligence and liability claims may include medical malpractice or defective medical devices.

SCHEDULE A CASE EVALUATION

We offer all accident victims a complimentary case evaluation. Please contact our law office online or call (848) 413-9228 today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced spinal cord injury lawyers.