Since 1948 we have helped those with traumatic injuries in Spokane and Spokane Valley. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, please read on or contact us today. It is very important to seek out the advice of an experienced injury attorney in these types of cases.
What is the spinal cord?
The adult spinal cord extends from the base of the brain to about 19 inches down the spine. It’s enclosed in the vertebral column which protects it. The primary function of the spinal cord is to transmit signals from the brain to other parts of the body. It also transmits signals in reverse like sensory information from nerve endings to the brain, and it coordinates certain reflexes too. Even if it’s just partially torn, the spinal cord can’t repair itself like some other body tissue does.
How the injuries are classified
Spinal cord injuries are known as being complete or incomplete. If a person suffers a complete spinal cord injury, brain signals aren’t transmitted below the point of injury. The victim can’t move or feel anything below that level. If a person suffers an incomplete spinal cord injury, a person might generally be able to move one part of the body more than another part and experience some sensation.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries
As per the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, about 17,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year. About 42 percent of all such injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes. Falls account for about 26 percent of them while recreational and sports activities account for about seven percent. They can be caused by trauma and dislocation the spine surrounding the spinal cord or fractures with bone penetrating it.
We sympathize with what you’re going through
Spinal cord injury victims and their families face extreme physical and emotional hardships. Many of the victims face a lifetime of hospital and therapy bills, the cost of adaptive devices and the inability to support themselves. We understand that the hardships that spinal cord injury victims endure seem overwhelming.
A large percentage of these spinal cord injuries are the result of negligence, so there might be a way of compensating some spinal cord injury victims for their damages. Those damages include but aren’t limited to:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a normal life
Our primary objective is to obtain the maximum amount of damages compensation for every one of our clients. Other options also exist for spinal cord injury survivors. Given the lifetime costs of spinal cord injuries, these cases are incredibly complex, and they require a thorough evaluation by lawyers who have a complete understanding of the nature of spinal cord injuries along with the extent of the damages. Insurance companies know how expensive spinal cord injuries are, and they’ll do whatever they can legally do to limit their exposure or not pay anything at all in these cases.
Never cooperate with the insurer for somebody who has turned your life or the life of somebody close to you upside down. Preserve and protect your rights. Contact us right away, and we’ll arrange for a free consultation. After we talk, we’ll provide you with our opinion on the viability of any case that you might have. We’re experienced, aggressive and successful personal injury lawyers, but we’re compassionate too. You don’t need to have a penny in your pocket to retain us, and no legal fees are payable until such time as we obtain compensation for you.