Spinal Cord Injuries
What is a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries are a result of damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or disks of the spinal column. Injuries of the spinal column can be traumatic in nature and result from a sudden blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more vertebrae. Damage from motion can continue to occur to the fracture site days or weeks after the injury due to additional swelling, bleeding, and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord.
Nerve fibers around the injured area can also be affected after trauma to the spinal cord. A neck injury can affect nerves and cause pain throughout the arms and possibility the ability to breathe. An injury to the chest or lower back can affect nerves and cause pain in the mid section (torso), legs, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function.
Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year (35-40%). According to The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury more than 12,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. While some victims will experience a full recovery, others will become completely and permanently paralyzed. Car accidents are also frequently the cause of other serious back injuries such as a herniated disc, cervical facet joint injury, and severe whiplash injury. Additional causes of spinal injuries are falls, victims of violence, sports and recreation injuries, and diseases (cancer, arthritis, & osteoporosis).
The attorneys at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have represented accident victims suffering from serious spinal cord injuries since 1994. We seek fair and just financial compensation for those who have suffered injuries caused by the negligence of others. Some who suffer from back injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries are paralyzed while others may suffer from radiating or shooting pain in the arms or legs, experience weakness or tingling in extremities, or lose control of limbs or bladder and bowel functions. These types of injuries can completely change the life of the victim.
In addition to draining the victim both physically and emotionally, spinal cord injuries can also drain a family’s finances because medical care for spinal cord injuries is costly and long-term. Families can often receive compensation for these medical expenses if the injury is a result from careless operation of a vehicle.
A lot of people who have spinal cord injuries have secondary complications. Pain, respiratory and heart problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity, and scoliosis are common. Due to the nature of spinal cord injuries future medical expenses must be considered during the negotiations for the terms of your compensation. At the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, attorney Clay Burgess and his team of experienced lawyers and staff, can assist you with a full understanding of your legal rights before pursuing a claim.