Suffering a spinal injury can bring your life to a grinding halt. Aside from physical pain and emotional distress, spinal injuries often come with devastating, permanent consequences. If you have experienced a spinal injury due to the negligence or harmful actions of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
If you are dealing with a spinal injury in Boca Raton, the first step to getting help is to reach out to a reputable personal injury attorney. Dyson Law, PLLC helps victims of spinal injuries obtain the financial compensation they deserve to cover medical bills, lost income, and emotional distress.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is defined as damage to the bundle of cells and nerves that your body uses to send and receive signals from the brain, and translate them to the rest of the body. Because the spinal cord is so heavily involved in interpreting brain signals, any injury can be catastrophic.
Damage to the spinal cord can result in changes to the victim’s movement, sensation, bodily functions, and physical strength. Sometimes these changes are temporary, but for more serious injuries, they can be permanent. The higher along the spinal cord that the injury occurs, and the more serious the injury, the more likely it is to result in paralysis in most of the body.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include:
Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no motor function or nerve communication below the site of the injury. An incomplete injury means that there is still some motor function, as the spinal cord is still able to transmit some messages to the rest of the body.
You can injure your spinal cord in a number of ways, but car accidents are one of the most common. Unfortunately, over 40 percent of people with severe spinal cord injuries were in serious car accidents.
Violent attacks, such as shootings and stabbings, can cause spinal cord injuries. Diving into shallow water and hitting the bottom is another origin of many people’s injuries. Falling from a great height, getting injured playing sports, electrical incidents, and severe twisting of the middle section of the torso can also cause spinal injuries.
In spinal cord injury lawsuits, the cases often fall into two broad categories: negligence and the use of defective products.
In cases where the injury was caused by negligence, the goal of the victim is to prove that the defendant is at fault, or responsible. For example, if the victim were injured in a car accident when the defendant ran a stop sign and t-boned the victim’s vehicle, it would be a matter of proving that the defendant broke the law and that negligence caused the victim’s injury.
When talking about defective products in spinal cord injury cases, the products most commonly brought to attention are related to vehicles—faulty airbags, broken seatbelts, and other forms of vehicular dysfunction. In these cases, the victim may choose to pursue compensation from the manufacturers and/or distributors of these defective products.
As in all cases, compensation can vary widely depending on the expenses incurred by the victim, and the extent of the psychological distress that resulted from the injury.
Spinal cord injuries often cause severe injuries. This leads to extremely high medical bills for treatment, physical therapy, medications, and other miscellaneous expenses. A person recovering from a serious injury will also need psychological therapy, especially if the incident has left them without some of their motor functions.
If the injury was serious enough to cause issues with motor functions, the victim can also seek compensation for lost wages. If the injured person can no longer perform the same job they had prior to the incident, they can make a case for lost future wages.
Additionally, because these injuries are often incredibly traumatizing, the victim may choose to pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury that has left you feeling isolated and drowning in bills, know that you don’t have to handle this alone.
The compassionate professionals at Dyson Law, PLLC in South Florida have the experience, drive, and knowledge to ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation at 561-498-9979 or complete the following online contact form.