Maitland Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating. Even mild spinal cord injuries can lead to long-term pain, discomfort, and limitations on a person’s ability to function. Spinal cord injuries can lead to diminished quality of life, emotional and psychological trauma, as well as behavioral and cognitive issues. More severe spinal cord injuries can lead to loss of limb function, partial or total paralysis, and death. On top of that, treating spinal cord injuries is likely to be an expensive, long-term affair. At Goldman Law, P.A., we understand just how devastating a spinal cord injury can be, and if the negligence of someone else caused your injury, our Maitland spinal cord injury lawyers will fight to make sure they are held responsible for your resulting damages.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by both traumatic (impact-based) and non-traumatic events. Some of the more common causes of spinal cord injury include the following:
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Falling or flying objects
- Worksite or construction accidents
- Violence, such as criminal assaults and domestic violence
- Defective products
- Sports injury
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 15 to 40 new cases of serious spinal cord injuries per million people each year. There are currently at least 200,000 people living with spinal cord injury across the country. For people over the age of 65, falls are the most common cause of spinal cord injury. Across all victims, falls account for about a quarter of spinal cord injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are among the biggest cause of spinal cord injury across the population: Motorcycle and car accidents are to blame for around 35 percent of spinal cord injuries each year.
Damages Available for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
If your spinal cord was injured in a traffic crash, slip & fall, or some other event involving someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation. You may be entitled to damages, including compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Wheelchairs and other medical devices
- Lost wages due to temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress due to loss of life enjoyment
- Wrongful death
Symptoms and Effects of Spinal Cord Injury
If you have been involved in an accident or other traumatic event, particularly a motor vehicle accident, there is a chance you may have suffered a spinal injury. If you experience any of the symptoms of spinal cord injury immediately after or in the days following an accident, see a doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis and to start treatment. Leaving a spinal cord injury undiagnosed can allow the injury to get much worse over time if you continue to perform actions that put a negative strain on your spine. It is also important to contact a knowledgeable spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible to help you get started on the process of filing a claim for your injury.
Symptoms of spinal cord injury include the following:
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
- Pain and weakness in the arms, back, legs, and other body parts
- Difficulty walking
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility
- Circulation problems (blue lips and fingertips)
- Stiff neck
Call a Seasoned Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our dedicated and talented personal injury team is ready to pursue your claims with care and focus. Our priority is to ensure that you get just compensation for the harm you and your family have suffered. Call the experienced spinal cord injury attorney at Goldman Law, P.A. for a free consultation, and let us see how we can help you with your personal injury claim.