Spinal cord injuries are devastating, and when they occur, they often lead to some form of paralysis that can lead to lifelong medical care and physical challenges. While spinal cord injuries can occur from personal injury cases such as a slip and fall injury or motor vehicle accidents like a truck accident or motorcycle accidents. They often occur due to a workplace injury.
Spinal cord injury cases can require extensive time and effort to help provide the injured party with the settlement they need to help them with the physical, financial, and emotional stress that can come with such a devastating injury. This makes finding the right Workers’ Compensation law firm and spinal cord injury attorney with the experience to handle your injury claim critical.
A spinal cord injury, or SCI, is often a devastating injury case where the worker has suffered damage to the nerves at the base of the spinal canal or the spinal cord itself. Spinal cord injuries can result in significant medical costs, loss of sensation and body functions, and even permanent disability. While research is currently underway to find technological advancements with spinal cord injuries, currently these injuries require extensive therapy, treatment, and care to allow the injured party to be able to function in daily life.
Your spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, running from your neck to your pelvic area and the spinal cord is a collection of nerves that are protected by the spine. If the cord is injured in any area along the spine the risk for problems is significant. The type and severity of the spinal cord injury will depend on which area was damaged and which category the injury falls into.
The two categories in which a spinal cord injury can be placed are:
The type of injury suffered will also be classed by the section that was injured. Below are the four types of spinal injuries an accident can cause.
When you suffer an SCI, you will likely develop immediate severe symptoms. The most common symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries include:
The injury could also result in immediate paralysis. If the legs, arms, and pelvic organs suffer full paralysis this would be considered quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Paraplegia can also occur which is full paralysis of the arms, legs, pelvic organs, and the entire body trunk. This type of outcome will require significant medical care throughout the patient’s life.
Since SCI injuries are irreversible, the treatments revolve around stabilization, ongoing care, and rehabilitation. The length and amount of treatment will largely have to do with how severe the injury is. With most spinal cord injuries you can expect:
Spinal cord injuries are typically the result of a violent or unpredictable accident or event. In the workplace, some issues or accidents that can result in an SCI include:
When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, the medical expenses, your quality of life, and other costs will be great, and it is likely that you will be unable to return to work and in many cases, you will require lifelong care. When the injury was the result of a workplace accident, it is important to know what you can expect from your workers’ compensation settlement. If injured on the job you will have the right to:
Get the settlement you deserve for your injury claim to allow you to receive the proper care and treatment to help you physically and mentally recover from your spinal cord injury. The proper representation from an experienced law firm will make a huge difference. For over 30 years, Terry Katz & Associates have a solid track record of helping injured workers with their spinal cord injury lawsuit settlements. Our experienced New York Workers’ Compensation or personal injury attorneys will help you achieve the best results after your work injury. Call today at 888-488-7459 for a confidential free case evaluation at our Long Island office.