If you have a spine injury, talk to our spinal cord injury attorneys in Bridgeport. Our catastrophic injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation. When a car accident, sports injury, fall, or other incident damages the bundle of nerves in your back, you can suffer a spinal injury. Spinal cord injuries disrupt the signals these nerves carry between your body and brain. This can result in interruptions in motor function and sensation, or paralysis. Most spine injuries come from impacts that fracture or dislocate the vertebrae. Severe impacts may sever the spine.
- What causes spinal cord injuries?
- What are the different types of spinal cord injuries?
- How much is your spinal injury case worth?
- Why should you talk to a spinal injury lawyer?
What Causes Spinal Injuries?
Spinal injuries are almost always catastrophic injuries. This means that they have long-term effects on the victim. Patients with spine injuries may suffer complete or incomplete paralysis, typically for life. They may suffer chronic pain and have to undergo years of treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitation therapy. If a spine injury leaves the person paralyzed, he or she may have to hire live-in care and invest in medical equipment and home or vehicle modifications to live. After such a major injury, one of your first thoughts may be, “Who is responsible?”
Spinal cord injuries can occur anytime the vertebrae, disks, or ligaments of the cord or spinal column sustain damage. This can happen with a traumatic blow to the spine, such as in a car accident or a bad fall. A slip and fall injury attorney will be able to help you discern who should be held liable for your injuries. The spine may sustain a fracture, dislocation, crush injury, or compress in a way that permanently damages its nerves. A knife or gunshot wound could penetrate the body and sever the spinal cord.
Identifying the party that may be liable for your spine injury depends on the circumstances of the accident. In a car crash, the other driver may be liable. At work, it may be your employer or a product manufacturer at fault. There may be more than one defendant you can hold legally responsible for your serious spine injury. An investigation can determine the appropriate defendant(s) and find out if negligence played a part in your injury. If so, you may be able to receive payment for your damages and losses.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a complex part of the body that can sustain many different types of injuries, which range in severity. The more you know about your spine injury, the better equipped you’ll be to lobby for your rights and best interests.
Understanding spine injuries start with knowing the levels of the spine. The cervical spinal cord is the top portion, the thoracic spine is in the middle, and the lumbar spine is in the bottom. The effects of the injury depend upon which part of the spine sustains damage. The following are common spine injury types:
- Incomplete spinal cord injury. An incomplete injury means that something severed the spinal cord part of the way, but not entirely. Incomplete spine injuries allow the survivor to retain some function and sensation below the point of injury.
- Complete spinal cord injury. If something severs the spinal cord entirely, the spinal cord injury is “complete.” This completely cuts off sensation and motor function below the injured point.
- This refers to paralysis in all four limbs, as well as the trunk, lungs, bladder, and bowels. This is the worst type of spinal cord injury because it is often fatal. If someone survives the injury he or she will require lifelong care.
- If the thoracic spine sustains an injury, the result could be paraplegia, in which the victim loses sensation and movement in the lower half of the body. This can include the legs as well as the bladder, bowel, and sexual organs depending on the injury.
- If a spine injury causes loss of movement in one arm and both legs, the survivor has triplegia. Incomplete spinal cord injuries most commonly result in this type of paralysis.
The higher the spine injury, the worse the effects on motor skills and sensation. Injuries to the cervical spine are the most severe and may result in tetraplegia. There is currently no cure for spine injuries, although survivors may be able to improve their stations through years of therapy and rehabilitation. No matter what type of spinal cord injury you’ve suffered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, safeguard your rights with help from our personal injury attorneys in Bridgeport.
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
Determining the worth and value of a spinal cord injury case will take calculating your economic and noneconomic damages. The economic damages of a spinal cord injury can be in the hundreds of thousands over a lifetime. Economic damages include past and future health care bills, medical devices, medications, rehabilitation, therapies, life modifications, and other medical costs relating to your spine injury – for the rest of your life if your injury is permanent. They also include lost wages, property damage, and other economic losses.
Noneconomic damages can be more difficult to estimate since they refer to nonmonetary losses, such as physical pain and mental anguish. Most juries in Connecticut will use the multiplier method to calculate noneconomic damage awards. The multiplier method takes the total amount of economic damages and multiplies it by a number between one and five depending on the severity of the losses. It is up to the jury to review the facts of the case and assign a multiplier it deems appropriate.
No two spinal cord injury cases are exactly alike. Contact us to get a more accurate idea of what your unique case could be worth. We’ll review your case, get copies of your medical bills and other damage receipts, and help you understand the true value of your catastrophic injury. You could be eligible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages depending on your case. Case evaluations are always free at Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C.
Why Talk to an Attorney?
Many spinal injuries affect every aspect of life. There is currently no cure for spinal cord damage, although rehabilitation and surgeries may improve the patient’s condition or allow them to lead productive happy lives. Still, living with a spine injury is very difficult and comes with personal and financial costs. The costs of a spine injury can be enormous. A good spinal cord injury lawyer can help you recover damages after a negligence-related spine injury, such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Out-of-pocket costs relating to the injury
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Lost quality or enjoyment of life
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
If your spine injury affects your spouse or children, they may also be eligible for awards. A spouse may recover for the lost value of the victim’s household services, income, and support. If the spouse will act as a live-in caretaker, he or she can also receive an award for this action. Talk to our attorneys for a better idea of what your spinal injury case could be worth. Catastrophic injuries deserve aggressive, dedicated litigators. Contact us to schedule your consultation.