If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you know the effects can be life-changing and debilitating. Roughly half of people who suffer this type of injury each year are victims of automobile accidents. At the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, our Los Angeles personal injury attorney is experienced fighting for clients hurt in serious accidents.
If you’ve suffered a spine injury, we can work to recover financial damages from the negligent party, so you can cover your expenses.
We focus on holding any party accountable. Whether it was a motorist, physician, or manufacturer, we’ll analyze all the evidence to determine who is at fault. Police reports and medical care received after the accident will be used as well. And, we’re the best when it comes to dealing with insurance adjusters and negotiating on your behalf.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
In personal injury law, a spinal cord injury is considered a catastrophic injury. The damage and effects of such an injury are typically permanent. That is why you need a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles knowledgeable in different legal areas to help you receive compensation.
A spinal injury can cause physical damage to the central nervous system and the spinal cord itself. Transmitting signals between the brain and body, the spinal cord is vulnerable to injuries caused by trauma, an impact, slip & fall, gunshot, sports injury, or car accident. Surgical mishaps and diseases can also affect the spinal cord, so medical errors may factor in as well.
If the spinal cord is damaged, the results range from full or partial loss of motor control, loss of sensation, to paralysis below the injured location. A severed spinal cord cannot be repaired. Neck injuries, often the most severe, can affect movement in the arms, legs, and trunk, as well as one’s breathing ability.
In the United States:
- Up to 450,000 people live with spinal cord injuries
- About 7,800 new cases are diagnosed each year
- 80% of new cases are in men aged 16 to 30.
Around the world, up to 500,000 individuals suffer spinal cord injuries each year. As many as 90% of cases result from trauma. Degenerative diseases, or non-traumatic cases, are becoming more common.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries vary in severity, depending on how badly damaged the cord is and the location of the injury. The symptoms may include: