In the United States alone, approximately 10,000 people suffer from a spinal cord injury each year. Unfortunately, a lot of these cases are the result of negligence that is manifested through pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle and motor vehicle accidents that could have been avoided. Likewise, construction accidents and workplace hazards account for their fair share of the same injury cases we represent at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith.
Our esteemed Las Vegas spinal cord injury lawyer team represents those who have been injured by a negligent party, and who needs someone to stand up for their rights, and livelihoods as a result. Our attorney group will pursue the negligent party and their insurance company to help you recover compensation for your injuries — both physical and emotional — as well as your lost wages, medical expenses, long-term care and rehabilitative needs. Spinal injury cases are exceptionally delicate, as the severity of the injuries can be life altering and require long-term or even life-long care.
The Brain and the Spinal Cord Explained
The brain provides commands to the entire body, governing movement, thoughts, functionality and senses. The spinal cord is attached directly to the brain, and acts as an extension of its operations. When individual suffer from a spinal cord injuries, the brains operations can be halted both to and from the balance of the body. This can impede movement, sensory, hearing, speech and even the smallest communicative efforts that travel through the spinal cord throughout the body.
These injuries do not have to result from a fracture or break in the spinal cord, as the nerves, spinal fluid, cushions and vertebra create a delicate balance that allows individuals to function fully, while enjoying their quality of life. When one of these components is injured as the result of another’s negligence, our spinal cord injury lawyer team wants to help you regain your freedom by holding them fully responsible for your life-altering injury.
Injury to the Spinal Cord
Any injury to the spinal cord must be considered a medical emergency. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident of any kind, it is important to seek medical care immediately to ensure you are properly diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.
To examine your spinal cord, and check for indications of injury, the physical exam will be conducted to assess the following:
- Ability to Move Freely
- Muscle Strength
- Sensation in the Limbs
- A portion of the physical examination will include:
- CT Scans
Each of these recordings of your spinal cord will determine a varying depth of injury to ensure that a single component is not overlooked in your treatment.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries may be severe, resulting in both permanent physical damage and psychological trauma. Once the afflictions are identified, treatment and rehabilitation will be assigned to help patients recover their full mobility.
Since the spinal cord is such an integral part of your livelihood, in some cases the severity of the injury is permanent and can result in paralysis or damage to certain organs and their lifelong viability. This is why it is so important to seek treatment right away after an accident, while reaching out to the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith. We can help you assess your short and long term needs by partnering with you, your family and your physician to understand the entirety of your injuries and hold the negligent party responsible for their totality.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Between 2005 and February 2012, the largest cause of spinal cord injury was vehicle accidents, totaling 39.2 percent of cases. Falls were second, accounting for 28.3 percent, placing violence at 14.6 percent, sports at 8.2 percent and the balance of 9.7 percent at an unknown origin. These injuries can occur in an instant and profoundly affect the rest of someone’s life. The upsetting physical and mental complications of such an injury are not contained to the back. These injuries can harm the body’s organs, circulatory and respiratory systems, muscles, skin, and produce pronounced psychological results.
Suffering from spinal cord injuries can be overwhelming. You may not know what to do about your lost wages, staggering medical bills and your overall pain, both physical and emotional. Spinal cord injuries affect everyone in your family, as they clamor for ways to care for your injury, while helping support the financial burden that comes along with it.