Spinal injuries can result in devastating ramifications for an individual. Of all the injuries that may be sustained in an accident, those involving the spinal cord tend to be the most tragic. The spinal cord is your center of communication from your brain to the rest of your body. When these communication lines are harmed, it can result in paralysis. In addition to paralysis, other serious conditions can result from a spinal injury, such as loss of bodily functions and chronic pain.
Spinal cord injuries can alter an individual's life forever. It is extremely important that the attorney you hire to represent you or your loved one is highly trained in severe injury cases. We at The Lenahan Law Firm are experts in our field and know our way around a personal injury claim. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious spinal injury in Dallas, call our firm at (214) 295-1008 and find out how we can help you.
"...I was in a car accident that was not my fault in January 2015. I had a broken scapula, & multiple broken vertebrae's in my spine. I had to have surgery & was hospitalized for a couple days...He worked very hard to make sure that I was compensated financially for all that had happened to me..."
- Nikki B
The spine, like every other part of the body, is susceptible to damage, and even a small fracture to the spine can have long-lasting consequences. The most common ways that spine injuries can happen include:
- Slip and falls accident
- Car collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Violence-related injuries
No matter how your spine injury occurred, chances are the incident left you traumatized, in unimaginable pain, and scared about what your future holds.
Injuring your spine is no laughing matter. There are extreme ramifications to that kind of damage, and those ramifications could impact you for the rest of your life. One slip and fall could completely change the way you move through the world. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have seen just how difficult spinal cord injuries can be to recover from. Some of the ways that damage to your spine can affect you include:
- Blood clots: Multiple studies have shown that people who suffered spinal cord injuries are at a higher risk of developing blood clots, which, in turn, increases your chances of suffering a stroke.
- Heartbeat and blood pressure: If your injury was in the cervical region, then it can negatively change your heart’s rhythm and leave you with arrhythmia, otherwise referred to as an irregular heartbeat. Spine injuries can also lead to a loss in tone in your blood vessels, resulting in low blood pressure.
- Breathing: Depending on where your spine is injured, your breathing could be heavily impaired. You may even need to be put on a ventilator in order to have a steady oxygen supply.
- Movement: One of the most well-known side effects of a spine injury is paralysis. Those who suffer from paralysis become unable to move or control certain parts of their bodies. That could mean you walk, sit up, control your bladder or bowels, or even suffer from extreme spasms.
- Pressure sores: If your spinal injury leads to paralysis, then your ability to move will be greatly hindered. That lack of movement could easily result in severe pressure sores that have a risk of becoming infected if you remain seated or prone too long.
As the conduit of information from our brain to the rest of the body, our spine is a key part of our ability to move. When our spine is injured, paralysis is a very real possibility. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, almost 2% of the population in the United States suffers from either partial or complete paralysis. This may not seem like a large number, but that includes more than 5 million people.
Unfortunately, statistics show that a great number of these injuries could have been prevented with proper precaution, as many people suffer spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and various birth injuries as a result of negligence. If you or your loved one has been paralyzed on account of another person's negligence, you can pursue damages in a personal injury claim. Get in touch with our lawyers today to discuss your case and learn about your rights after a serious injury.
Coping with partial or total paralysis can prove to be a difficult feat on its own. The emotional pain associated with this type of injury can also be unbearable, as even the simplest tasks become impossible to complete. For this reason, if your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, it is your right to pursue compensation for the losses that you have been forced to endure.
A successful claim could yield damages for various costs associated with your injury:
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Assisted living
- Special accommodations
No victim should be responsible for covering these expenses alone. If your claim is successful, the responsible party may be required to provide compensation for these expenses. Thus, if you or a loved one has been paralyzed in a negligently caused accident—including a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or a workplace accident—you should not hesitate to explore your legal options with a Dallas personal injury attorney from The Lenahan Law Firm immediately.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we understand how overwhelming it can be to endure a catastrophic injury especially when it was sustained at the hands of a reckless or careless individual. For this reason, we would like the opportunity to assist you in recovering the compensation that you deserve. By taking advantage of a free initial consultation with a Dallas spinal injury lawyer our firm, you will have the chance to review the circumstances of your injury with someone that can inform you of your options and walk you through the process of filing a lawsuit.
Our firm fights for the full and maximum compensation for all personal injury clients. We solely take on severe injury cases because we believe that our clients deserve a firm that is fully dedicated to one cause. We are able to devote our time to each unique case due to the small number of cases we handle at once. This is a benefit to all of our clients and has allowed us to obtain excellent results in our severe injury cases.
Contact our office today at (888) 473-2820 to get started.
- How Rear-End Collisions Cause Spinal Cord Damage
- Spinal Cord Injury Information Page - NIH
- Spinal Cord Injuries - MedlinePlus
- Injuries of the Spine and Spinal Cord - Merck Manual