Spinal cord injuries are life-altering injuries that carry far greater life-time costs than most victims and families anticipate. We have extensive experience representing victims of catastrophic injuries. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that spinal cord injuries take on victims and those who care for them and are dedicated to finding and collecting maximum compensation for victims of catastrophic injuries. We’re ready to start helping you today.
We represent people injured by others’ negligence in Alabama and throughout the Southeast.
Physical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries affect function from the level of the injury down. A spinal cord injury can be complete, with no sensation or functioning below the level of injury or partial, also referred to as incomplete, with some feeling or function below the level of injury. Complete spinal cord injury is usually permanent.
Your spinal cord relays messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Spinal cord injury cuts this communication off causing loss of function and sensation, but it can also cause hypersensitivity and chronic pain. Consequences of spinal cord injury can include:
- Tetraplegia, or quadriplegia
- Loss of autonomic functions including bowel control, bladder control, and breathing
- Loss of muscle control
- Loss of sensations and reflexes
- Sexual dysfunction
- Poor coordination
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Secondary conditions
Loss of function and mobility can lead to secondary conditions that significantly shorten a person’s life. People with spinal cord injuries may require ongoing medical treatment for secondary conditions which can include:
- Bed sores
- Muscle atrophy
- Lung infections
- Bladder infections
- Weight gain
- Autonomic dysreflexia, or autonomic hyperreflexia
Costs of Spinal Cord Injury
The lifetime cost of spinal cord injury can be in the millions of dollars for care and expenses, not including lost income. When seeking compensation, it is vital that you demand enough money to cover your lifetime costs. We know how to calculate the long-term costs of spinal cord injury so that you and your family are not short-changed and can recover adequate compensation to pay for your short-term and long-term needs.
The short-term costs of spinal cord injury can include:
- Initial emergency medical care
- Surgery and other treatments
- Lengthy hospital stay
- Beginning rehabilitation
- Special equipment for the home
Long-term expenses can include:
- Further medical procedures for the injury itself
- Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy
- Medical treatments for secondary conditions and complications
- Ongoing purchases or rental of medical equipment
- Medications, medical supplies, and nutritional support
- Home health care
- Custodial care
- Home modifications to accommodate disability
- Transportation needs, such as purchase and maintenance of a wheelchair van and lift
If you or someone you love has suffered spinal cord injury anywhere in Alabama or the Southeast as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, we can help. Call us today at 1-866-252-3535 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.