Approximately 276,000 people in the United States suffer from some type of spinal cord injury. The majority of persons suffering from this debilitating injury are males between the ages of 29 and 42. Individuals who have sustained such an injury from an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party may be entitled to spinal cord injury compensation. The case value of these cases depends primarily on the severity of the injury. However, because spinal cord injuries often result in life-long severe disability, it is not uncommon for these cases to a have high case value.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury involves damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. Spinal cord injuries often result in permanent changes in the victim’s strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.
The lowest part of the spinal cord that functions normally after an injury is referred to as the neurological level of the injury. The severity is commonly referred to as “completeness” and is classified in one of two groups:
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury refers to any injury that results in the loss of almost all feeling (sensory) and all motor functions (the ability to control movement) below the site of injury.
- Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury refers to any injury that results in some or partial loss of sensory function below the site of injury.
If you have been involved in an accident and experience any of the following symptoms, you have suffered some type of spinal cord injury:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation, such as the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities or spasm
- Changes in sexual function, activity or fertility
- Pain or intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in the spinal cord
- Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from the lungs
Depending on the severity of your accident and the degree of your symptoms, your health care team will perform a series of diagnostic tests and exams to determine the neurological level and completeness of a possibility and level of a spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation
An experienced personal injury attorney will work hard to obtain compensation from the negligent party. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of potential future income
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Any other out of pocket expenses related to the accident
Consult with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one has been in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party and suffer a spinal cord injury as a result, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888-848-5084.
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