While it is possible to improve from a spinal cord injury, very few patients fully recover from injury to the spinal cord. The type of spinal cord injury, and its severity, may determine whether the injury is permanent or if some recovery is possible.
The spinal cord performs an important function in communicating with the brain. When damaged, messages regarding sensation and movement become diminished or simply stop.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, your doctor may be able to give you the most accurate information on what amount of recovery is possible in your case.
A spinal cord injury can forever change your life. If you experienced such an injury due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
The Impact of a Spinal Cord Injury on Your Life
A spinal cord injury occurs when there is trauma from an accident, such as a car accident or a fall. This type of nerve injury can affect sensation, motor control, and reflexes throughout the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries may result in tetraplegia (quadriplegia) or paraplegia. Tetraplegia is a spinal cord injury that may affect the arms, torso, and lower body, while paraplegia may affect the torso and lower body. Both forms of paralysis can also affect internal organs.
The following symptoms may accompany a spinal cord injury:
- Difficulty moving or feeling sensations in various parts of the body
- Lack of respiratory system function
- Difficulty managing bladder and bowel movements
- Impaired sexual function
- And more
The impact of a spinal cord injury on your life can be drastic. Treatment for a spinal cord injury may involve surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The resulting paralysis and loss of use of limbs can prevent your return to a career you enjoyed. The use of a power chair for mobility may be required, along with expensive home modifications.
Pursuing the Liable Party for Your Spinal Cord Injuries
If another party’s negligence caused your spinal cord injuries in a situation where they owed you a duty of care, such as when you were both driving or if you were shopping in their store, they may be liable for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
Some types of accidents that could lead to a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Slip and falls
- Premises liability
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- And more
No matter what situation your spinal cord injury occurred in, if you believe another party’s negligence was the cause, it may be worth calling a personal injury law firm to discuss your case and your legal options for a free no-obligation case evaluation.
Compensation in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
While each personal injury case is different, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages in a spinal cord injury lawsuit:
- Medical costs, including treatments, therapies, and medications
- The estimated future costs of your treatments
- Mobility devices, modifications to your home, or transportation services you require
- Lost wages or reduced earning income
- Pain and suffering
- Depression, anxiety, or emotional grief related to your injury
- And more
Because the symptoms of a spinal cord injury can last for many years, the compensation in this type of case can be significant. Consulting with a personal injury law firm can help you gain a better understanding of what amount of compensation may be available in your case.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. May Be Able to Help with Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. work with victims of spinal cord injuries that occur due to trauma caused by the negligence of another person. As personal injury lawyers on Long Island, we help victims hold the liable party accountable for their negligence by pursuing compensation for damages.
We may be able to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit for your spinal cord injury. This would allow us to handle the legal work of your case while you concentrate on your wellbeing.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action for your spinal cord injuries. The New York statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally three years. However, some circumstances, such as suing a municipality, could shorten this deadline.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. offers a free evaluation of your case when you call our firm at (631) 451-7900. Our multilingual staff can also assist clients in Spanish and Russian.