Charleston Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Serious injuries have serious impacts. While spinal cord injuries can occur from a variety of accidents, the result is the same: a life forever changed. Between four and five million people sustain injuries to their spinal cord each year in the United States, with 400,000 living each day with long term effects.
If you’ve been in an accident or have suffered due to medical malpractice, the injury attorneys at Hoffman Law Firm can help. Our team has the experience necessary to handle complex medical cases like yours – and we’re eager to defend the rights of people with spinal cord injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
In simplest terms, there are two different types of spinal cord injuries: incomplete and complete.
- Incomplete injuries: These types of injuries involve a partially severed spinal cord, and make up about 60% of spinal cord injuries. They typically involve some loss of sensation and function below the level of the injury.
- Complete injuries: In these cases, the spinal cord is completely severed and the patient experiences a total loss of sensation and function below the level of injury.
Determined by the location of the injury and which vertebra is damaged, the level of the injury makes a major impact on a patient’s future. There are three levels of injury:
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, spinal cord injuries can occur as the result of the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Medical/surgical error (medical malpractice)
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Symptoms after an accident include the following:
- Extreme back pain
- Pressure in the neck, head or back
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Difficulty balancing or walking
- Impaired or irregular breathing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- An unnaturally-positioned neck or back
If you experience any of these spinal cord injury symptoms after an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Treatment Options for Spinal Cord Injuries
Treatment varies depending on the level and type the spinal cord injury, but may include:
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle changes
Impacts of Injury to the Spinal Cord
Think of the spinal cord as a fragile bundle of nerves protected by vertebrae, responsible for transmitting signals throughout the body. It comes as no surprise that damage to this bundle of nerves will have profound effects on the body’s function – from blood pressure to bowel and bladder control. Loss of sensation also makes injury victims susceptible to skin conditions like pressure sores.
The road to rehabilitation may be a long one, and in cases of complete injuries, many spinal cord injury victims require ongoing care for the rest of their lives. The cost of physical therapy and home healthcare can be an incredibly heavy burden for families to bear – along with costly home modifications, such as wheelchair ramps.
That’s why the Charleston spinal cord injury lawyers at Hoffman Law Firm are so dedicated to securing the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in an accident or as the result of medical malpractice, you may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical bills
- In-home care
- Psychiatric care/therapy
- Lost wages
- Disability benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Travel expenses for medical visits
Justice for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
The personal injury attorneys at Hoffman Law Firm are equipped to handle your spinal cord injury case, whether your injury was the result of a motor vehicle accident, an on-the-job injury or medical malpractice.
Our team will fight to defend spinal cord injury victims, advocating for their rights until justice is done. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact Hoffman Law Firm today.