A spinal cord injury can result from a variety of circumstances, including vehicle accidents, electric shock, and even violent attacks. Any wound or injury to the spine could damage the spinal cord, often bruising or compressing it, and occasionally severing or tearing nerves. This can lead to a variety of long-lasting effects that both diminish your quality of life and lead to heavy expenses.

You can recover damages for these with skilled legal assistance. While monetary compensation may not reverse the effects of your spinal cord injury, it can help ease the burden while bringing justice to those responsible. Hart & David’s personal injury attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes

Spinal cord injuries most commonly occur from accidents, though they can also be inflicted by the intentional or reckless actions of others. Common spinal cord injury causes include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls, especially in individuals over 65
  • Accidents in the workplace
  • Construction accidents
  • Electric shock
  • Sports injuries
  • Excessive twisting of the body
  • Diving accidents
  • Wounds from gun or knife attacks
  • Medical malpractice

Often, these accidents could have been prevented by the other party. For example, if you were paralyzed in a vehicle accident that occurred when another driver ran a red light, that driver could be liable for your injury and held responsible for paying damages.

Damages from Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries usually involve bruising to the spinal cord nerves, but can also include laceration or total severing of nerve tracts. These injuries can lead to a variety of effects anywhere below the area where you were injured. Some of the ailments people with spinal cord injuries could face include:

  • Pain and sensitivity
  • Limited use of limbs
  • Limited sensation in limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Lost control over reflexive functions, such as bladder control or even breathing
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Muscle spasms
  • Bladder or lung infections
  • Bed sores resulting from inability to move

These conditions cause pain, suffering, long-term disability, possible disfigurement, loss of income and earning ability, and lost quality of life. In addition, there are usually high medical costs associated with treating spinal cord injuries. If another party caused your injury, you need not be responsible for these costs.

Recovering Damages

Whether your injury resulted from a car accident, a workplace hazard, medical malpractice, or some other cause, you could recover damages. Doing this requires legal expertise and a familiarity with the various elements in play when pursuing legal recourse for personal injury. First, in order to recover damages, you must prove the following:

  • The defendant (the party responsible for your injury) in some way had a duty to prevent your injury, whether by observing traffic laws, eliminating hazards, etc.
  • Their neglect caused your spinal cord injury
  • Your injury resulted in damages to you

You need thorough evidence to support these claims as well as the negotiation skills of a personal injury lawyer. Hart & David provides the skills and experience needed to analyze your case, provide skilled legal guidance on the course you should take, and represent you during settlement negotiations and courtroom trials. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s neglect, contact Hart & David today for a free consultation.