The harsh truth about spinal cord injuries is that they can cause mild to severe complications in your life. The effect can be insignificant and easily treated, or the injuries can cause complications that may last for years to come. In either case, if your spinal cord injury is a result of a car accident, you have the legal right to pursue a car accident injury claim. Read on to learn more about hiring a spinal cord injury lawyer to help you fight for justice.
What is A Spinal Cord Injury
Before jumping into the worst-case scenario, you must first visit the emergency room or your family doctor to confirm that you are, in fact, suffering from a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury is usually the cause of fracturing or dislocation of vertebrae caused by a traumatic car accident. If you are experiencing any sort of back or neck pain after a car accident, you must seek immediate medical attention, as the damage in your spinal cord can escalate very quickly and cause partial or complete paralysis. Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, it can damage the extensions of nerve cells all the way from the brain down the spinal cord and to the rest of your body.
Levels of Spinal Cord Injury
According to Spinal Cord Injury Canada, there are generally four levels of spinal cord injury. The location of the injury determines what parts of the body have a loss of mobility and sensation. The levels of injury are:
- Cervical C1 – C8
- Typically occurs from a neck injury and affects all four limbs (including hands). Cervical spinal cord injury can affect a patient’s speaking, bowel and bladder movements and prevent the patient from breathing independently.
- Thoracic T1 -T12
- Thoracic spinal cord injury affects the patient’s middle back, which causes paraplegia in the trunk and the legs. Patients suffering from Thoracic spinal cord injury may also have difficulty controlling their bowel and bladder movements.
- Lumbar L1 – L5
- Lower back injuries may result in Lumbar spinal cord injury as the patient’s hips and legs are affected. This could also affect the patient’s bowel and bladder movements.
- Sacral S1 – S5
- Injuries to the bottom of the spine can cause Sacral spinal cord injury where the patient’s hips and legs are affected along with their bowel and bladder.
Typically, the higher the injury is along the spinal cord, the more body parts are affected.
When Should I Hire a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
After making sure that you or your loved one is receiving the necessary medical treatment, contact James H. Brown and Associates immediately. Our team of experienced spinal cord injury lawyers will help you determine the right course of action and answer all your legal questions. During our free, no-obligation evaluation claim, your spinal cord injury lawyer will discuss all your legal options and provide you with the support you need. Hiring James H. Brown and Associates will help you achieve the compensation you deserve as we fight for your right while you focus on your road to recovery. Being a victim of a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming as it causes great mental and physical strain. With James H. Brown and Associates, we promise to do everything possible (even take your case to court!) to ensure that you receive your rightful compensation.
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Don’t Wait Too Long to Hire A Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
The road to recovery is mentally and physically draining when the spinal cord is damaged. While you work with medical professionals to get your life back on track, James H. Brown and Associates will help you achieve the results you deserve. Don’t take the journey of pursuing your legal rights alone. Contact James H. Brown and Associates today and book a free evaluation claim with one of our experienced injury lawyers.