Helping Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries in Charleston, South Carolina
About 282,000 or more persons in the United States live with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). In addition, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases arise each year. These numbers show the prevalence of a serious injury—and you should learn about the risks and effects of spinal trauma.
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in a sudden accident, you may face a long and challenging road to recovery. These injuries require extensive treatments and may leave victims dealing with severe disabilities and impairments for the rest of their lives. The skilled legal team of the Hughey Law Firm, however, is here to help you in the wake of your SCI.
If you wish to discuss your legal options with an attorney at our firm, we offer free and confidential case evaluations. We can advise you of your rights and the best course of action for you. Please call our office for more information today.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Most spinal cord injuries take place due to trauma to the spine caused by an unexpected accident or incident. Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
Traffic accidents – Any traffic-related crash has the potential to cause severe trauma to your body—including your spinal cord. Such trauma can damage the delicate tissue of the spine and result in serious injuries. While car and truck accidents certainly have the potential to cause an SCI, the risk is even greater in motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents, which leave the victim’s body exposed.
Falls – Falls are a major cause of traumatic injuries, including spinal cord injuries. A person who falls has a great risk of hitting the neck or back on the ground or on another object, which can damage the spine. This can take place due to falls from high places (such as from ladders, roofs, scaffolding, or stairs), or even ground level.
Sports accidents – Contact sports commonly cause spinal injuries, including football, hockey, rugby, wrestling, and soccer. When you choose to play a sport—or allow your child to play a sport—you assume the risk of injuries that may take place during the regular course of the game. However, sports injuries sometimes result from the negligence or intentional actions of a coach, another player, or another party. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness injured your spine during a sporting event or practice, you may have a legal claim.
Assaults – Spinal cord injuries also commonly result from violent assaults. These intentional attacks may involve blunt force trauma, stab wounds, or a gunshot wounds to the back or neck that cause severe spinal cord damage. In these cases, criminal charges and convictions against the assailant will probably not help you fully recover compensation for your losses. Instead, you may need to file a civil action with help from a personal injury law firm.
The Hughey Law Firm handles a variety of spinal cord injury claims. No matter what caused your accident, consult with a member of our team to learn more about your rights to financial recovery.
The Severity and Effects of a Spinal Injury
The severe nature of spinal cord injuries, as well as their lasting effects, can complicate these cases.
The spine is responsible for sending messages to most of the body that facilitate sensory abilities, movement, and organ function. Damage to the spine can cause disruptions in those messages, which will, in turn, disrupt normal bodily functioning.
The disruptions in functioning will take place below the point of the injury. This means that an injury to your lumbar spine may damage functions to the lower half of your body. An injury to your cervical spine can impair parts of your body below the neck. Spinal cord injuries can cause the following impairments and more:
- Lost movement in limbs and extremities
- Lost sensation
- Lost bladder or bowel functioning
- Lost sexual functioning
- Lost lung functioning
SCIs fall into two main categories—incomplete and complete injuries. An incomplete injury may result in partial and temporary symptoms. For example, a person with an incomplete lumbar spine injury may lose partial sensation and movement in the legs for a few months before regaining normal functioning abilities.
On the other hand, a complete spinal injury can cause drastic and permanent damages. A person may lose all functioning and become permanently paralyzed below the point of the injury. This type of injury will completely derail a person’s life, including jobs, relationships, and everyday activities.
Recovering Compensation for Your Losses After an Accident
The often severe losses experienced by spinal cord victims require that they know their rights. Filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party can help you recover compensation for the following losses and more:
- Costs of past medical treatments
- Estimated costs of future and ongoing medical treatments for lasting injuries
- Past and future lost earnings
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
A Charleston Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Help You
The substantial losses that victims may incur can make spinal cord injury cases extremely complicated. The personal injury attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm in South Carolina know how to protect the rights of injury victims. They seek the maximum amount of compensation for every client. We can help you after a catastrophic injury, so please call (843) 881-8644 or contact us online to set up your free consultation as soon as possible.