Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Central Florida Spinal Cord Accident Lawyer
From my offices in Flagler Beach and Orlando Florida I represent spinal cord injury victims and their families throughout Florida. This page provides some very general information about spinal cord injuries. If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence or intentional acts of another I would be happy to meet with you and discuss what legal remedies are available for your particular situation. I am always available for home or hospital visits throughout Central Florida.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is physical damage to the spinal cord resulting in a degree of loss of function or paralysis. The part of the spine that was injured and the severity of the damage determines if there will be limited function to a total loss of function. The injury can be caused by numerous actions, from a traumatic event, like a motor vehicle accident, or from illness
There are between 10,000 and 12,000 new spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. Of these, over 80% are suffered by young men.
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
1. Motor vehicle accidents
3. Deliberate acts of violence
4. Sports-related accidents
The severity of the spinal cord injury depends on where along the spinal cord the injury occurred.The spine is separated into five distinct sections from top to bottom, with each part of the spine controlling different bodily functions.
These sections are:
1. Cervical vertebrae (neck) - controls back of the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, diaphragm
2. Thoracic vertebrae (upper back) - controls chest muscles, some back muscles, parts of the abdomen
3. Lumbar vertebrae (middle back) - controls lower abdomen, lower back, buttocks, some parts of the legs, some parts of the external genital organs
4. Sacral vertebrae (hips) - controls thighs, lower parts of legs, feet, most of the external genital organs
5. Coccygeal vertebrae (tailbone) - controls sensation from the skin on the lower back
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It is Imperative you speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer if you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident. These injuries include a lifetime of financial burden.
ALL INJURY REPRESENTATION IS DONE ON A CONTINGENCY FEE AGREEMENT. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU UNLESS I RESOLVE YOUR CASE.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
Unfortunately, despite many medical advances the treatment of spinal cord injuries is very limited. If the injury resulted in a
fracture to the vertebrae protecting the spinal cord, surgical options are available to correct the fracture and relieve the compression on the spine. After surgery, some function may be recovered. There is not currently an option available that will recover all function lost due to SCI.
Rehabilitation is the cornerstone of treatment designed to help the injured recover as much function as possible. Treatments include working with a number of specialists, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nutritionists, neurologists, psychologists and others. Rehabilitation focuses on a range of issues, from preventing muscle atrophy to
providing job training.
Pursuing A Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
Types of Claims
Depending on how the injury happened, there are different types of lawsuits that may be available:
Personal injury lawsuit: if the injury resulted from an individual's negligence, like an auto accident
Products liability: if the injury resulted from a defective product, like a seatbelt
Premises liability: Also known as a Slip and Fall accident
I can review the facts and determine which type of claim to pursue according to the circumstances of your particular situation.
The types of compensation available in a Florida Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit include:
• Loss of wages
• Loss of future earning capacity
• Medical expenses
• Future anticipated medical expenses
• Pain and suffering
If a spinal cord injury is the result another person's negligent or intentional acts, the injured person may be compelled to take legal action against the responsible party. SCI results in huge financial burden that no family can bare and medical insurance may not be enough for the very specialized care required for the severity of this type of injury.
A spinal cord injury is one of the very worst injuries a person can suffer. Not only does the victim suffer paralysis, but there are many other negative health consequences from a SCI. These include bladder and bowel problems, breathing difficulty, blood pressure and heart dysfunction, loss of reproductive and sexual functions, risk of blood clots, muscle spasms, bed sores and pneumonia. In general, an SCI also results in shorter life expectancy.