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Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most dangerous types of wounds includes spinal cord injuries. Not only can a spinal cord injury be life-changing, but it can greatly reduce your quality of life. Spinal cord injuries are notorious for causing partial to total paralysis. Additionally, a lot of these injuries may be permanent. When you receive a spinal cord injury that isn’t your fault, you are owed compensation. 

Your spinal cord injury damages will likely be higher than that of other personal injuries. This is because spinal cord injuries typically are considered to be catastrophic. Your personal injury attorney can guide you through the settlement claim process so that you receive maximum compensation. This is especially helpful if you are temporarily or permanently disabled and are struggling financially due to your injuries. Find out more from an attorney about what you should do next.

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What Kind Of Spinal Cord Injuries Can Occur?

Spinal cord injuries can happen because of a heavy impact due to a fall, traffic accidents, sports, and more. They take longer to heal and sometimes result in a permanent injury. Common spinal cord injuries include: 

Fractures

Spinal column vertebrae can fracture or break because of a horrific hit to the back. This painful injury requires a long healing process and can be life-threatening.

Dislocations

If the vertebrae slip out of place and become dislocated, it will be difficult and painful to move. 

Compressed Vertebrae

In some cases, the vertebrae get compressed and rub too closely together. This puts painful pressure on nerves and puts strain on muscles around the compressed area

Ruptured Discs

Herniated discs occur when a piece of the disc nucleus slips into the spinal canal because of a rupture in the annulus. This creates painful back pain that limits mobility.

Paralysis

Spinal injuries that are catastrophic can result in tetraplegia or paraplegic paralysis. When vertebrae in the neck and chest are severely injured, you can experience tetraplegia in all limbs. When vertebrae in the lower body are affected, you can experience paraplegia in the legs. 

Pinched Nerves

Compressed vertebrae, ruptured discs, and other spinal injuries can pinch nerves near the site of the injury. This can cause radiating pain and other issues like sciatica.

Who Is At Fault For Spinal Cord Injury Accidents?

Your spinal cord injury could have happened because of a motor vehicle accident. If you were following traffic laws, you are not at fault. In another personal injury case, you may have experienced a premises liability injury. If you slipped and fell because the property was poorly maintained, then you would hold the premises owner liable. Spinal cord injuries can also happen because of a sports accident, which can only hold another party liable if there was provable negligence such as defective equipment or poor maintenance. 

In some cases, you might be partially liable for your injuries. This can occur if you made an error that increased your risk of getting badly injured. For example, if you didn’t wear a seatbelt during a car accident, this increases your risk of getting injured. The other person may have crashed into you due to negligence, but if you flew through your front window without a seatbelt, you can be partially liable. Your spinal cord injury attorney can calculate how much you aren’t at fault for and hold the other party liable for your injuries.

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How Can A Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Help You?

Your spinal cord injury attorney will calculate all your damages, find evidence, draft documents, negotiate a settlement, and represent your best interests. Without their help, you’ll be up against the other party, their insurance company, and even their attorney without a legal team to back you up. This puts you at a great disadvantage and also can result in you settling for far less than you deserve. You should be fully compensated for all of your damages, which include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and even property damage. Attorneys are skilled negotiators who can help you come to a fair resolution with the other party. When that doesn’t work, your attorney takes you to court and represents you before the judge or jury. Once they decide you are owed compensation, they enforce the judgment.

Reach Out To Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

When you experience a personal injury that was not your fault, you can lean on our law firm to get a fair chance at receiving a settlement. We provide the guidance, resources, and services to get you through this difficult time. While you are recovering from your injuries, we are working hard to get you compensated. Your injuries weren’t your fault, which is why the party responsible should give you a settlement. You only pay us after we win a settlement on your behalf. Get help now by calling Henningsen Injury Attorneys P.C. today.