An injury to the spinal column can change the course of your life. The nerves housed within the column are what allows your brain to communicate with your body. Trauma to that system can impair this communication. Vertebrae – the bones protecting the nerves – can also be broken or otherwise damaged. Lifelong paralysis may result.
If you think you may have a case against the person or other party who is ultimately responsible for your spinal cord injury, please call the experienced lawyers at The Kelleher Firm in Fort Myers and Naples, at 833-546-3675.
Potential Long-Term Effects of a Spine Injury
Similar to a back or neck injury, spine trauma can cause excruciating pain. Your spine reaches from the base of your skull down to your tailbone. Injury at any point in the length of the spine can lead to serious problems, including:
- Partial paralysis
- Impaired bodily functions
- Loss of sense of touch
- Reduced quality of life
- Impaired respiratory function
- Recurring muscle, joint and/or nerve pain
- Depression and anxiety
The loss of motor control and loss of sensation that commonly result from spinal injuries is truly life-altering. Depending on the location and nature of the trauma, a victim may be paralyzed in the lower regions of their body, a condition called paraplegia. All four limbs of the body may be paralyzed, which is called quadriplegia.
These devastating injuries affect all aspects of a person's life. Serious emotional, mental and psychological ramifications can stem from the physical trauma.
What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spine injuries can of course be caused by things like sports accidents, assaults and certain diseases. At The Kelleher Firm, we work with people who have suffered this type of trauma as a result of someone else's negligence, or as a result of an on-the-job accident. Examples include:
According to Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents – including motorcycle accidents – are the leading cause of spinal injuries. In fact, more than 35 percent of the spinal cord injuries that occur each year are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
In just about every crash, someone is ultimately at fault. This person's negligence, their carelessness, is what caused the accident and therefore caused the spinal cord injury. This person can be held accountable in an injury claim handled by our attorneys.
How Can I Get Paid for a Spinal Injury?
In a claim handled by our attorneys, we seek maximum compensation for you. We cannot guarantee a specific outcome, but we don't stop fighting until the best possible conclusion is reached. We work to recover money on your behalf for all of the ways the injury has affected your life. That might include compensation for:
- Hospital bills
- Emergency room bills
- Ongoing healthcare needs
- Physical rehabilitation costs
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of assistive technology and medical equipment
The costs of living with spine trauma may go far beyond what the insurance company is offering you. You may require specialized healthcare for the indefinite future. In order to adapt to the effects of your injury, you may require a motorized wheelchair and accessibility modifications to your home. The attorneys at The Kelleher Firm work to pursue money on your behalf so that you can live a fulfilling life despite your injury, including getting the medical care you need.
Have you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else's negligence? If you live in Naples, Fort Myers or the surrounding areas in Florida, please call The Kelleher Firm at 833-546-3675 for a free case review.