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California Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Every year, approximately 11,000 Americans suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury. Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Other major causes include work injuries, falls, acts of violence, and sports injuries. In many cases these injuries are the fault of someone other than the victim. Spinal cord injury victims are often faced with a lifetime of medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. Because of their significant damages, spinal cord injury victims should select a law firm that has extensive expertise, resources and an established record of significant results.
The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain, down the middle of the back, and ends just above the waist. It consists of a bundle of nerves which send information back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is protected by thirty-three ring-shaped bones, or vertebrae, making up the spinal column. A sudden, traumatic blow to the spinal column can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae, damaging the spinal cord. Unfortunately, the nerves in the spinal cord do not regenerate once they have been injured.
The extent and area of the body affected by damage to the spinal column depends upon the location of the injury. Generally, trauma to the spinal cord results in loss of movement, or paralysis, as well as a loss of sensation in the body below the point of injury.
Because of the great damages that result from spinal cord injuries, it is particularly important that the injured victim retain a law firm with extensive experience, exceptional expertise and a consistent record of significant results in catastrophic injury cases. A spinal cord injury case in the hands of an insufficiently qualified lawyer can result in great loss to the case's value. These cases also require large sums of money to prosecute and the claimant should ensure that the law firm has ample financial resources to invest in the case. A successful and resourceful personal injury law firm can help victims of spinal cord injuries recover the type of compensation that a victim will require to pay for a lifetime of medical needs and living expenses. We are a large and well-established law firm with a long record of successes in catastrophic injury cases. We also understand spinal cord injuries and have the financial strength to battle and prevail against large insurance companies and well-financed corporate defendants.
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Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or partial, depending upon how many of the nerves in the spinal cord are damaged.
Whether a spinal cord injury is complete or partial may determine the outcome of the injury. Many individuals with partial spinal cord injury may experience significant recovery, while victims with complete spinal cord injury are often permanently paralyzed.
While there currently is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord, the goal of rehabilitation focuses on preventing further injury and teaching people with spinal cord injuries to return to an active and productive life. A rehabilitation team can work to improve remaining muscle strength and teach the injured person new techniques to accomplish day-to-day activities.
Advances in modern technology can also assist the spinal cord injury victim. Modern light-weight wheelchairs can improve mobility. Voice-activated technology and computer-controlled devices can help with daily tasks such as dialing a phone or using a computer. Recent research has even provided sophisticated devices which can be implanted in the body and restore movement or assist with breathing in some cases. Research to assist those living with spinal cord injuries is ongoing and technology is always improving, but the costs to the injured party can be substantial.
If you desire a free and immediate consultation regarding a spinal injury case, please call (800) 644-8000 or email us.