The spinal cord is a complex part of the human body, and we are still learning new ways it impacts the body. However, with that complexity comes risk, and if your spinal cord is injured, other extremities are put at risk, and may cause immense pain and suffering. These spinal cord injuries aren’t just painful, they’re expensive, and that can sting even more when someone else’s negligence is to blame. In cases like this, however, you may have options and a chance of receiving compensation. Morgan & Morgan’s spinal cord injury attorneys bring many years of experience to your case.
We understand the ins and outs of cases involving injuries to the spinal cord, and the specifics needed to win. Our Winter Haven lawyers have gotten millions for their clients, and they may be able to help you too. If you have dealt with a spinal cord injury that you suspect was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Morgan & Morgan for a free review of your case and learn more about how one of our attorneys may be able to help.
What Are the Major Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal injuries can be caused by many things, but the leading cause of spinal injuries in the United States among older adults is motor vehicle crashes, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Falls, acts of violence, and sports are also major causes of spinal injuries in the U.S., but are more prominent causes among younger individuals. There are quite a few different ways one can end up with an injured spinal cord. Among this variety of causes are:
- Car, truck, bus, and bicycle accidents;
- Back injuries;
- Medical malpractice;
- Defective products;
- Sporting injuries;
- Boating accidents;
- Criminal battery and violence;
- Slips and falls;
- Gunshot wounds;
- Work-related accidents; and
- Birth injuries.
With this variety of causes, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of potential injuries a person can endure to their spinal cord, such as:
- Injured nerves;
- Damaged discs;
- Partial paralysis;
- Fractured vertebrae;
- Lacerations; and
- Central cord syndrome, among other debilitating conditions.
Spinal Cord Injury Impacts
A minor injury to the spinal cord may be better than a severe one, but it can still be quite painful, and may even lead to more severe injuries down the line. Injuries to the cervical spine (neck) typically radiate into the arms and hands. Injuries to the lumbar spine (lower back) can cause symptoms to develop in the legs. Spinal injuries can also cause incontinence, erectile dysfunction and other conditions.
If the spinal cord is not severed, these symptoms may be alleviated by spinal surgery, including the removal of faulty discs and/or the fusion of two or more vertebrae together with wire or cadaver bone. In the event the spinal cord is severed completely, there is currently no procedure to mend it. These injuries can lead you permanently impacted physically – and financially, too. Medical bills can quickly pile up from your injuries, as well as the future expenses that those with extreme or catastrophic injuries will require.
How a Morgan & Morgan Attorney Can Help
Spinal cord injury lawsuits can require some serious investigation of your circumstances to prove someone else’s negligence caused your injury. Having a Morgan & Morgan attorney at your side during your case allows us to handle the heavy lifting of the case, something we have tremendous experience in, while you focus on recovery. The attorneys at our Morgan & Morgan office in Winter Haven have decades of experience handling cases involving spinal cord injuries.
Together with medical experts, our attorneys have helped spinal cord injury and back injury victims recover the compensation they need to help cover expenses like present and future medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, among other damages. If someone else’s negligence and recklessness has caused your spinal cord injury, you shouldn’t have to bear the medical costs it will require.
You may have a chance at receiving compensation, and Morgan & Morgan attorneys in Winter Haven may be able to help you. For more information, fill out our free case review form.