The United Spinal Association states that people who sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience “permanent and profound neurologic deficits and accompanying disability,” with approximately 17,000 new cases a year. Paralysis is usually caused by spinal cord injury. The leading cause of SCIs is car accidents. Victims may require multiple surgeries and an extended recovery period. Recovering compensation for your damages can ease the financial burden for you and your family.
If you or someone you love has suffered spinal cord damage due to another party’s negligence, trust a St. Petersburg catastrophic injury lawyer from Kogan & DiSalvo to help. Our team of personal injury lawyers is passionate about fighting for injury victims and their families. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The primary risk associated with spinal cord damage is the potential for paralysis, which can occur when the cord is damaged or severed. This results in a loss of motor control or sensation. In general, injury victims will experience paralysis in the parts of the body that are below the damaged area of the spinal cord.
These injuries are typically permanent. However, when the injury is incomplete, the spinal cord’s ability to carry messages to the brain is not completely lost, with some sensation and movement below the level of injury.
A person may retain some degree of feeling or movement below the damaged portion of the spinal cord. Incomplete injuries might leave a person with sensation in parts of the body but not others. Alternatively, it could involve intermittent paralysis.
Unfortunately, complete SCIs will deprive the victim of a greater loss of functionality. A spinal cord injury is complete if the damage renders a person without any feeling or motor control below the area of the injury.
Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury
Whether you suffered a spinal injury in a car accident or a fall, you could be entitled to compensation if the negligence of another party caused it. You could recover the costs for the following:
- Medical expenses. The cost of treating SCIs is often exorbitant. Victims can also expect to continue to accrue these costs for the rest of their lives. If your personal injury lawsuit is successful, you could recoup the cost of anything from surgical procedures to physical therapy.
- Pain and suffering. Pain is common with spinal cord injuries, even among those who are paralyzed. The damage to your nervous system can result in chronic pain even when you lose feeling in parts of your body. In addition, you may also suffer from depression or loss of enjoyment of life due to your injury.
- Lost wages. People who sustain spinal cord injuries are rarely able to return to work right away. Many are unable to maintain their employment at all. The loss of a primary source of income creates substantial financial instability. However, you may be able to recover damages based on your lost wages.
Schedule a Free Consultation: Talk to a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in St. Petersburg
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury through no fault of your own, you need sound legal guidance and compassionate advocacy delivered by our client-focused legal team. At Kogan & DiSalvo, we will work hard to give you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation. We understand the gravity of your situation, and we want to help. Contact us today to request your free case evaluation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.