Spinal Cord Injury Consequences
Stamford, Connecticut, Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
At Casper & de Toledo, our personal injury attorneys work hard to protect the best interests of clients who have suffered from the catastrophic effects of a spinal cord injury.
A Spinal Cord Injury Can Have Devastating Consequences, Including Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
Damage to the spinal cord is often known as a catastrophic injury because of the likelihood of long-term or permanent disability. The extent of injury depends on the location of the injury, the quality of medical care after the accident, and the severity of the damage to the spinal cord. Our spinal cord attorneys in Stamford, Connecticut are well versed in this area of litigation and can help you determine whether or not you are entitled compensation for your injuries and, if so, the extent of the compensation warranted.
A spinal cord injury can result in widely different levels of paralysis and involve multiple organ systems. The evaluation and presentation of such cases depends largely on the retention of the proper experts, including health care providers, life care planners, vocational experts and economists. Where full or partial paralysis affects bowel and/or bladder control or the ability to breathe, it is necessary not only to consult with other specialists, but also to account for an anticipated lifetime of problems and expenses. Contact our offices to discuss how we can help you.
Injuries to the Spine: Car Accidents – Falls – Violence
Many of our clients have experienced damage to the spine and/or spinal nerves in a wide variety of traumatic episodes and circumstances that can produce an injury to the spine, including:
What are the possible consequences?
In addition to possible loss of motor functioning and feeling, victims of SCI may undergo dysfunction in other areas that may include:
- bowels and bladder
- sexual functioning
- blood pressure (low/unable to control)
- body temperature (reduced ability to regulate or sweat below the level of the injury)
- chronic or permanent pain
Victims of SCI usually require long-term medical care and incur extremely high medical bills. Some injuries involve fractures, which can pose great risks to nerves and vertebrae. Some fractures require spinal surgery to stabilize the fracture site. Other injuries involve one or more herniated or bulging disks that may also necessitate surgery, depending upon the extent of injury and the risk of further neurological damage. In some cases, the supporting structures are damaged, and leave the patient in agonizing pain. In others, the injury to the spine makes muscles form taut bands which form trigger points; these points may refer pain to other areas of the body. Such conditions often require extensive physical therapy and trigger point injections.
Make sure to seek medical help as soon as possible after a spinal cord injury. In this period, during which the injury is known as acute, many things should be fixed and/or stabilized so that further problems do not arise. If you sought medical care after an injury and believe that adequate assistance was not given, speak with a knowledgeable attorney to see if you have a legal claim.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
A complete injury involves total paralysis; below the site of the injury, there is no functioning, no movement (or, at least, no willful movement), and no feeling. For example, an injury in the neck area can result in the victim experiencing quadriplegia and requiring a ventilator to breathe; an injury further down the spine may allow use of the arms, but the legs and bladder may not function or have feeling.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
A patient with an incomplete spinal cord injury may experience limited control over affected body parts; one side of the body may function better than the other side. A victim may also be able to move a particular limb or be able to experience sensation in parts of the body, even if those parts cannot voluntarily move.
The medical care received directly after the back injury can often affect the severity of the outcome. If doctors and hospitals fail to give the most complete possible care after a spinal cord injury, our attorneys may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case. Our SCI lawyers assist clients in Stamford, Connecticut, and throughout the Northeast.
Is SCI Common?
Currently, 450,000 United States citizens have SCI, and around 10,000 more people suffer these injuries each year. According to the Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center, 82% of these injuries are experienced by males, ages 16-30 years old. 36% of these injuries are due to motor vehicle mishaps, about 30% are caused by violence, and about 21% occur through falls.
Visit the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for information on this life-changing injury.
Find Help with Your Back Injury Claim
Whether or not your injuries involve paraplegia, quadriplegia or permanent disability, contact the Connecticut spinal cord injury attorneys at Casper & de Toledo for assistance with a claim. Our Stamford personal injury attorneys are committed to helping back, neck and spinal cord injury victims find just compensation from careless drivers, employers, property owners, and their insurance companies.