How We Help Spinal Cord Injury Victims:
There are very few injuries that are as catastrophic as a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries have the potential to impact your ability to lead a normal life and generally has a negative effect on both the person physically and emotionally. The pain associated with a spinal cord injury is often immense, and the cost of treatment can be unbelievably expensive.
That is why it is critical you hire a qualified, experienced attorney who will care about you and give support during this most difficult time. The Sargent Firm of Sandpoint, Idaho is the firm that is ready and willing to tackle even the most difficult, complex cases. We will not rest until our clients get the compensation they deserve and are legally entitled to.
SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYERS HELPING VICTIMS GET THE COMPENSATION THEY DESERVE
COMMON CAUSES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
A spinal cord injury is generally a result of a traumatic occurrence or blow to the spinal cord.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Automobile accidents
- Falls from moderate to high distances
- Acts of aggression, such as a gunshot wound to the back
- Contact sports activities, such as football or rugby
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents, such as in a construction site
- Stab wounds
- Diving board accidents
TYPES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries can vary extensively in their severity and level of pain and damaged caused to the victim. Generally, it is damage to one’s spinal cord that results in partial or complete loss of motor controls and sensations. After a spinal cord injury, your capacity to control your arms and legs is contingent on two different factors: at what point along your spinal cord the injury occurred and the severity and extent of the spinal cord injury. The neurological level of the damage refers to the lowest part of your spinal cord that is still considered medically “normal” after the accident. The “completeness” of the injury refers to how serious the injury is.
Completeness can be classified in two groups:
- Complete – A spinal cord injury is considered to be medically “complete” if the injured person has lost almost all sensory feeling and ability to control movement (also known as “motor function“). In other words, you have lost complete control over movement and cannot really experience most physical sensations.
- Incomplete – When a spinal cord injury leaves the injured individual with some sensory or motor function below the area(s) affected by the accident, it is referred to as a medically “incomplete” spinal cord injury.
In addition, paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as:
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia – Your legs, arms, hands, and pelvic area organs are all affected by the spinal cord injury.
- Paraplegia – Paralysis affects all or part of the torso, pelvic area organs, and legs.
EMERGENCY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY
After an accident, it is critical that you watch for the following signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury:
- Intense pain or pressure in your neck, head, or back
- Reduced coordination, weakness, or paralysis anywhere in your body
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in your toes, feet, fingers, or hands
- Reduction of ability to move or feel
- Loss of bowel or bladder control or function
- Difficulty with walking and balance in general
- Hard time breathing after the injury
- An abnormally positioned or twisted back or neck
Even an apparently minor accident can lead to a catastrophic spinal cord injury. It is critical to seek professional medical help if you even suspect you have a spinal cord injury.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
In any and every situation where someone suffers considerable trauma to either their head, neck, back, or anywhere near the spinal cord, they should seek immediate professional medical care and be fully evaluated for a possible spinal injury. If one doctor does not think you have an injury but you are still worried, get a second opinion. It is your right, and it is better to be safe than sorry.
In truth, it is always better to assume that a victim has suffered a spinal cord injury until it can be proven otherwise. Because a dangerous spinal cord injury is not always obviously apparent, they are to be considered insidious, and treated with seriousness. If a spinal cord injury is not recognized immediately, a far more serious injury is likely occur, compounding the overall suffering a victim will go through. Paralysis or numbness could be immediately present following the injury, or they may come on gradually as bleeding and swelling begin to occur in and around the spinal cord. In addition, the amount of time between the victim’s injury and getting professional medical help can be critical in determining the severity of complications and the amount of physical recovery possible.
The Sargent Firm of Sandpoint, Idaho has numerous years of experience litigating convoluted cases that involve partial or complete spinal cord injuries. Our legal team is second to know and will always look at every relevant factor of your case. We are persistent and tireless in our work. We always put our clients first and will not allow an insurance company to bully them, especially when they are in such vulnerable states. The Sargent Firm can be your partner, and we can guide you through the long process of ensuring you recover maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Sandpoint, ID
Discuss your case with one of our experienced Sandpoint, Idaho personal injury lawyers today to find out if your claim entitled you to compensation. Our firm offers free consultations, and we work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not get paid unless you do. If your claim is rejected by the courts, you will not owe us a single cent. You have nothing to lose by contacting us today. If you choose to hire us, we will do everything in our power to make sure you get what you deserve. We look forward to hearing from you.