Scottsdale Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Advocating for Scottsdale Spinal Cord Injury Victims
The spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue running from the base of the skull down the center of the back. It is covered by three thin layers of protective membranes and surrounded by vertebrae. Injury to the spinal cord can cause permanent loss of motor control, strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the level of the injury.
Spinal cord injury is expensive! It is often caused by a traumatic event, such as a traffic crash, a slip and fall, or a construction accident. If you have suffered spinal cord injury through someone else’s negligence, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced Scottsdale personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury?
A major symptom of spinal cord injury (SCI) is total or partial paralysis. Ability to control the limbs after SCI depends on two factors – where on the spinal cord the injury occurred, and the severity of the injury.
- Location of injury on the spine: The level of the injury will determine what parts of the body are affected by paralysis. An injury to the lower part of the spinal cord can cause paraplegia, a condition in which paralysis affects the legs, pelvic organs, and all or part of the truck. Injury to the cervical portion of the spinal cord can cause tetraplegia, in which the arms, hands, trunk, pelvic organs, and legs are all affected.
- Severity of injury: In cases of spinal cord injury, severity is referred to as completeness. After an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim has some motor or sensory perception below the area that was injured. Incomplete spinal cord injury occurs in varying degrees. Complete spinal cord injury leaves the victim with no feeling or ability to control movement below the level of the injury.
As it currently stands, there is no medical treatment that can reverse damage to the spinal cord. Paralysis caused by complete spinal cord injury is permanent.
How Does Spinal Cord Injury Affect Victims’ Lives?
Complete spinal cord injury can cause paralysis and disability. A victim with paraplegia may lose the ability to walk, control of the bladder and bowels, and sexual function. A person with quadriplegia has lost the use of all four limbs and all sensation in the body from the neck down. He or she will need help getting around and assistance with every aspect of daily living. This type of catastrophic injury can have enormous, long-term consequences for victims and their families. It can significantly impair not only the ability to earn a living, but also performance of normal daily activities and enjoyment of life.
What Forms of Compensation May Be Available for Spinal Cord Injury?
If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you are entitled to pursue compensation for your losses. Damages in a spinal cord injury case are usually high, because of the costs associated with this type of injury and the devastating effects it can have on a victim’s life. Depending on the surrounding circumstances and the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to claim:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost wages or earnings
- Loss of future earning potential
- Costs of home and vehicle modifications
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
The Husband & Wife Law Team has an impressive success rate for our clients. We settle or win 98% of our cases. Attorney Mark Breyer is a board-certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death law. If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, contact us today at (480) 944-9755.
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During a free consultation, we will look at the important aspects of your case, answer your questions, and explain your legal rights and options clearly. All submissions are confidentially reviewed by Mark Breyer.
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