A spinal cord injury can be the most painful and debilitating type of injury that a person experiences. The injury can range from damaged nerves and slipped to herniated discs to more severe forms of injury that cause paralysis. The victim of a spinal cord injury may face overwhelming medical expenses, the inability to work and ongoing pain and suffering. The lives of those around him or her are impacted as well.
The Sevenish Law Firm wants to help. If your spinal cord injury resulted from the negligent or reckless conduct of another, we can aggressively seek compensation that will help you to move on in life.
With over three decades of experience with helping spinal cord injury victims in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana, we know the unique issues that arise in these cases and how to address those issues effectively.
Simply contact us today by phone or online to discuss your case in a free consultation. We can learn more about how your spinal cord injury occurred and explain the options you may have for seeking compensation.
Why Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
The spinal cord connects the brain to nerves throughout the body. Vertebrae (the bones and cushioning discs between them that make up the spinal column) protect the spinal cord.
A spinal cord injury results when the vertebrae or nerves are damaged in any fashion. Often, this damage can be traced to accidents that could have been prevented, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Falls from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs at construction sites.
- Slip and falls due to property hazards or lack of supervision of high-risk individuals (children at school or daycare or elderly adults in nursing homes).
- Accidents involving heavy equipment.
- Sports and recreation accidents.
- Medical malpractice.
- Defectively designed, manufactured and marketed products.
The Sevenish Law Firm can thoroughly investigate your case to determine why you suffered a spinal cord injury and who should be held responsible for the losses it has caused you and your loved ones.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries
Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, extensive medical treatment may be needed. Common spinal cord injuries are:
- Spinal dislocation.
- Spinal contusion.
- Torn, herniated, or ruptured discs.
- Nerve compression.
Some spinal cord injuries may cause a loss of function below the point of the injury. These are called complete (total loss of use) or incomplete (some function and sensation) injuries. Spinal cord injuries that involve a loss of function include:
- Paraplegia. You can still use your arms and may have some movement in the trunk, but you have limited or no movement in the legs.
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia. You have limited or no movement or sensation in all of your limbs (legs and arms). The trunk, including the abdominal and chest muscles, may also be affected.
Complications may arise from the spinal cord injury, including loss of bowel and bladder function, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and infections.
A spinal cord injury victim may need to undergo surgery, prolonged hospitalization, or close monitoring in a long-term care facility. The victim may also require mental health counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, a specially equipped wheelchair, ventilators, and modifications to their home or vehicle.
The injury can place a tremendous burden on family members who no longer have the income or help around the home that a victim once provided and are now forced to provide around-the-clock care and attention.
Contact an Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
As you begin to deal with the consequences of a spinal cord injury that you or a loved one has suffered due to another’s misconduct, you should not face it alone. Sevenish Law Firm can help take some of the pressure off you by seeking the robust legal relief you deserve.
In addition to investigating the cause of the injury, we can work closely with medical experts, rehabilitation specialists, life-care planners, and others to determine the full amount of compensation you are due. We can then negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company on your behalf and pursue a full and fair settlement. If no settlement can be reached, we will be prepared to go to battle for you in court.
Sevenish Law Firm believes that spinal cord injury victims and their families deserve to be treated with compassion and represented with integrity, honor, and discipline. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you. Our consultations are always free, and we charge no attorney fees unless you recover for your losses.