Spinal cord injuries are almost always serious. They can result in a wide variety of life-altering health effects, including paralysis and even death. However, if your spinal cord injury was due to the negligence of another, you may be able to secure compensation through a spinal cord injury claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact a spinal cord injury lawyer at Greenberg and Ruby today to further discuss your case. We can help hold any at-fault parties accountable for your injury so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Why Trust Greenberg Ruby?
- Their injury attorneys conduct thorough investigations into all spinal cord injury cases.
- They are caring with their spinal cord injury clients and relentless with insurance companies.
- They skillfully handle spinal cord injury negotiations and deal with any unexpected legal hurdles
- They provide their services on contingency. Meaning if you don't win, you don't pay.
- They provide free case evaluations to all spinal cord injury victims.
TYPES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
The spinal cord is divided into five distinct vertebrae: cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, sacral vertebrae and coccygeal vertebrae.
Spinal damage differs depending upon which area is damaged and whether the cord is bruised, fractured, partially severed or completely severed.
- Cervical Vertebrae: The cervical vertebrae support the neck. Spinal injuries to the cervical vertebrae affect the nerves that control the back of the head, the shoulders, the arms, the hands and the diaphragm muscle. The diaphragm is an important muscle used when breathing; therefore cervical injuries can be severely life-threatening when they limit the ability to breathe.
- Thoracic Vertebrae: The thoracic vertebrae support the upper and middle back. The thoracic nerves control the chest muscles, some of the upper back muscles and parts of the abdomen. Injuries to this area can not only restrict one's ability to move independently and to breathe but can limit the function of the digestive system, and necessitate permanent medical assistance.
- Lumbar Vertebrae: The lumbar vertebrae support the lower back. The nerves of the lumbar spine control the lower abdomen, the lower back, the buttocks muscles and parts of the legs and genitals. Spinal cord injuries to this area can lead to paraplegia, loss of bladder and bowel control and sexual dysfunction.
- Sacral Vertebrae: The sacral vertebrae are the five fused vertebrae that form the sacrum at the base of the spine. Injury to this area of the spine can reduce or eliminate the ability to control the thighs, lower legs, feet and external genitals.
- Coccygeal Vertebrae: The Coccygeal vertebrae or tailbone is the area that controls the sensation of the skin on the lower back. Injuries here can be very painful but are infrequently serious.
THE IMPACT OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY
Spinal cord injuries have a profound impact on a person's life. Health-wise, they can cause many people to become disabled if they are fortunate enough to survive their spinal cord injury trauma. A high number of people living with a spinal cord injury will need medical care and personal assistance for the rest of their lives.
Additionally, the expenses related to medical treatment, rehabilitation and disability home remodeling and equipment are gigantic. Partially paralyzed spinal cord injury victims accumulate an average total of $100,000 in expenses in just the first year following their spinal cord injury, while fully paralyzed victim's first-year costs can be expected to slightly exceed $400,000.
The costs associated with medical care and assisted living do not take into account the additional expenses: income lost because of time taken off work, or the potential income erased when those injured become disabled and can no longer pursue employment.
Additionally, other ailments can severely impact a person's quality of life: depression, overburdened personal relationships and other unexpected side effects can severely hamper a spinal injury victim's chance at a normal life.
Spinal cord injury cases allow victims to get the financial compensation they need to live a full, filling life with all of the treatment and financial assistance they need to do so.
How Can a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Help?
For those with spinal cord injury claims, it is highly recommended to consult a spinal cord injury attorney for further assistance.
Accomplished spinal cord injury attorneys can review your situation and proceed to take legal action in the form of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to help you win financial compensation for expenses like your hospitalization, your lifetime medical care, your home caretakers and rehabilitation, any counseling or psychiatric care necessary, lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, out-of-pocket travel expenses to receive medical care, funeral and burial expenses and support for the entire family.
Failing to speak to an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer could result in mistakes that restrict victims from obtaining the compensation they need.
CONTACT Greenberg And Ruby Injury Attorneys TODAY
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact the spinal cord injury attorneys at Greenberg and Ruby immediately to discuss your case. They are committed to providing excellent service to you and your loved ones.