- 1 Are you in need of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Mississippi?
- 2 How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
- 3 Automobile Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries
- 4 Differences in Spinal Cord Injuries
- 5 Spinal Cord Injuries & the Effects on the Body
- 6 Types of Spinal Cord Injuries – Complete and Incomplete
- 7 Jackson’s Premier Personal Injury Lawyers – The Germany Law Firm, PLLC
Are you in need of a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Mississippi?
When people think about accidents that result in injuries, they often envision physical injuries that will heal over time if the victim is lucky. With spinal cord injuries, however, this is rarely the case. Today in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people live with permanently debilitating spinal cord injuries that are caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another person. These injuries impact the victim’s ability to do even the most mundane daily activities, totally reshaping their own lives as well as the lives of their family members.
Connected to the brain, the body’s spinal cord serves as the major thoroughfare where nerve messages move about the body. Any type of accident that affects the spinal cord is likely to cause serious damage and debilitation to every bodily function, including the ability to speak, walk, think with clarity, or participate in daily life. It certainly affects a victim’s ability to earn money and support themselves in a manner in which they always have been able to before the accident.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. The compassionate and skilled spinal cord injury attorneys at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC, will be able to answer any questions that you have about your injury accident and whether you have the right to pursue a claim. Our attorneys will ensure that you have the best medical treatment available to you so that you will have the best chance at recovery. Contact the knowledgeable and reputable personal injury lawyers at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Spinal cord injuries can occur from an unanticipated accident, such as a fall. Most often, they occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident, a traumatic physical attack, or while participating in recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, gymnastics, football, or diving. No matter what type of accident caused of the spinal cord injury, the fact is that the treatment for this injury will never be quick, painless, or inexpensive. A victim of this sort of injury, as well as their family members, will suffer for years to come from an accident that took place in a matter of seconds. These accidents, unfortunately, are often caused by others’ negligence or lack of facility maintenance, such as the depths of a pool not being properly posted at pools or poorly maintained gyms.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports the most common causes of spinal cord injuries as:
- Vehicle accidents: Responsible for 42% of Spinal Injuries
- Falls: Responsible for 27% of Spinal Injuries
- Violent Acts or Assaults: Responsible for 15% of Spinal Injuries
- Sports and Recreation: Responsible for 8% of Spinal Injuries
Like all injuries, spinal cord injuries occur in different degrees. Some are quite severe, leading to a lifetime of paralysis. Others can lead to life-long complications such as balance issues, pain, and nerve damage.
Automobile Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries
Vehicle accidents are by far the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are severe injuries that can result in death and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat and rehabilitate. Unlike injuries such as broken bones, which one can reasonably assume will heal with time, a spinal cord injury requires long-term care and treatment and may never heal.
If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal cord injury caused by an accident that was not your fault, it’s crucial to speak with a Mississippi personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to determine if you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries and losses. The Germany Law Firm, PLLC has been successfully representing the injured victims of Mississippi for more than 38 years. We have decades of experience handling these types of complex and complicated injury claims and we have the time and resources needed to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for the injury you sustained in your accident at the hands of another person.
Differences in Spinal Cord Injuries
Slip and fall accidents and automobile accidents and are the leading causes of injuries that involve the spinal cord. The human spinal cord consists of neurons and long nerve fibers, combined with the brain, form the central nervous system. Almost all spinal cord injuries are a result of a trauma that has occurred to the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones that surround the spinal cord. If the vertebrae of the spinal column are injured or damaged, the injury can result in nerve damage which leads to the loss of the physiological functions that are controlled by those nerves.
The loss of functions that a person experiences after a spinal cord injury is caused by the damage to the vertebrae which cuts off the spinal cords’ ability to send and receive messages to any area of the spinal cord below the injury. This type of injury can affect all areas of the body, including the arms, the legs, and many other functions of the body. If the trauma or injury occurs in the cervical or neck area of the spinal column, the injury will usually result in partial or complete paralysis. When this type of injury occurs, it is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. When the injury or damage to the spinal cord causes damage to the thoracic or lumbar region in the upper, middle, or lower area of the back it will result in paraplegia, which is the paralysis of the lower extremities.
Spinal Cord Injuries & the Effects on the Body
Injuries to the spinal cord can affect a person’s ability to function daily. That means that even the most basic functions of the body will cease to work the way that they did before the injury occurred. The following functions of the human body are affected:
- Control of Bladder
- Control of Bowels
- Loss of Sexual Functions
- Respiratory/Breathing Problems
- Pressure Ulcers/Sores
- Circulation Problems
- Excruciating Pain
These are just some of the complications that accompany a spinal cord injury. There are many other complications that can arise when the spinal cord is damaged. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury in an accident that was caused by another person or entity, you should speak with an attorney who has handled these types of cases with success. The lawyers at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC, have close to forty years of personal injury law experience successfully representing injured Mississippi residents helping them get compensated for the injuries they sustained in their accident and we can help you too.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries – Complete and Incomplete
The medical professionals classify spinal cord injuries into two different categories: complete and incomplete.
Complete Injury: A complete spinal cord injury indicates that there is a total and complete loss of function below the area of the spinal cord that was injured. This is caused by the spinal columns inability to transmit or receive messages to and from the parts of the spinal cord below the injury. When someone has a complete injury, there is less possibility that they will recover any function to the paralyzed parts of the body. Medical professionals will not say that it is impossible to regain function but they will say that the likelihood is very low and that the road ahead is long.
Incomplete Injury: An incomplete injury means that there are still nerves that are functioning and that the spinal cord was not fully severed. An incomplete injury has a greater probability of recovering some functions that were initially lost because of the injury. Making sure that the injured victim gets treated for the spinal cord injury immediately following the accident will be paramount to the victim recovering functionality to any of the extremities or regaining other bodily functions in the future.
Because of the serious and life-changing effects that result from a spinal cord injury, the compassionate lawyers at the Germany Law Firm will aggressively pursue those responsible for your injury. We understand the serious consequences that this type of injury involves and will work diligently to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries and future losses. We will make sure that you receive compensation for all of your medical expenses, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Contact us today to see how we can help you through this difficult time. See our locations in: Jackson and Southaven.
Jackson’s Premier Personal Injury Lawyers – The Germany Law Firm, PLLC
A spinal cord injury can and will have life-altering effects on the person who is injured and will also directly impact the family and loved ones of the victim. If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury that was caused by the careless, reckless, criminal, or negligent actions of another person, contact the Jackson personal injury attorneys at the Germany Law Firm, PPLC today to discuss the specifics of your injury accident with a knowledgeable lawyer and find out if you are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries and losses.
The Germany Law Firm, PLLC has been in business for more than 38 years and we have the skills, knowledge, and dedication to prevail in your personal injury case. We have helped countless injured Mississippi residents successfully win their personal injury claims and get the compensation that they are entitled to for the injuries that they suffered at the hands of another person. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists to see how we can help you at 601-487-0555.