Glendale Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Spinal cord injuries, whether relatively mild or very severe, typically have an immense impact on both victims and their families. These types of injuries often require lengthy hospitalization, extensive medical treatment, and ongoing care. This, coupled with the victim’s temporary or permanent inability to return to work, can create a serious burden for victims and their loved ones.
If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or negligent actions, you have the right to take legal action. The Glendale personal injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, can help you fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed. With over 40 years of combined experience and $125 million recovered on behalf of our clients, we know what it takes to fight for you—and win.
Call our office at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online for a free consultation today.
The spine is a central part of the body’s structure. It supplies shape, flexibility, and support, allowing you to move freely and easily. On top of that, it houses the nerves that your brain uses to communicate with the rest of your body. These nerves help keep your heart pumping, your lungs breathing, and your blood flowing. However, despite being made of bone, the spine can be incredibly fragile, not requiring that much force to become seriously damaged. There are a number of accidents that could lead to a serious spine injury, such as:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog attacks
- Swimming pool falls
- Construction site accident
- Negligent security
SCIs can have a long-term impact on your ability to live your day-to-day life. Of course, the complexity of the spine means that there are different kinds of spinal cord injuries that you can suffer from, and each one presents its own difficulties.
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, impacting almost every aspect of your life, from your career to how you move throughout the day. Your spinal cord is a complex array of bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Any damage to this system could result in a variety of different medical conditions, broadly referred to as acute spinal cord injuries.
When determining the severity of your injuries and how you can be properly compensated after an accident, it is important to outline which type of spinal cord injury you are a victim of:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injury: Complete injuries occur when the spinal cord is permanently damaged, such as when a bundle of nerves is severed or bruised beyond repair. This results in a total loss in feeling and control over the affected area, otherwise known as paralysis.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: Unlike complete injuries, incomplete means the spinal cord is only partially damaged and the victim has some motor control or sensory feeling in the affected areas.
Both types of injuries come with expensive medical bills, difficult recovery periods, and major changes to the patient’s lifestyle, depending on the region of the spinal cord that is damaged. Medical professionals divide the spinal cord into four major regions that can result in a different condition depending on which one is damaged in an accident:
- Cervical: This segment includes the vertebrae of the neck and, when damaged due to trauma, can result in complete or partial paralysis below the neck, difficulty breathing, limited bladder control, and limited speaking capabilities.
- Thoracic: Situated between your shoulder blades, the thoracic segment is composed of 12 vertebrae in the upper and middle back. These vertebrae help you maintain your posture, cough, expand your diaphragm, and breathe.
- Lumbar: Located in the lower region of the spine, the lumbar segment is located between your hips and provides support to the majority of your spinal column. Victims who are injured in this region have limited control over their bladder, hips, and legs, often requiring wheelchairs or braces to walk.
- Sacral: The lowest region of the spinal column controls the movements of the hips, back of the thighs, and groin. Injuries associated with this region include limited control of the bladder, hips, and legs, but patients do retain the ability to walk on their own.
It is commonly known that damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis. However, this is not because the bones of the spine have been damaged, but because the nerves inside have been. These nerves are what allow the brain to communicate with the body. When they are damaged, whether through a bruise, stretch, or tear, the brain is cut off from the rest of the body. This strips away your ability to move. There are different levels of paralysis, each caused by different damage to the spine.
Paraplegia: When the thoracic (above the hips) or lumbar (by the hips) spine is injured, it can result in paraplegia. This means you have lost control of your legs, and potentially your bowels and bladder as well. Most people with paraplegia are able to get around using a wheelchair; however, your ability to live independently will be severely impacted.
Tetraplegia: This is commonly known as quadriplegia, and it impacts all parts of your body below the neck: you are essentially unable to move anything except for your head. Tetraplegia is most commonly caused by an injury to your cervical spine (in your neck), cutting your brain off from the rest of the body.
Any level of paralysis can have serious consequences for your day-to-day life, as well as your ability to work. You could be left with a mountain of medical bills and no way to pay them off. This will just add to the stress and emotional turmoil that such a devastating injury already brings. Thankfully, if your injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.
As previously mentioned, the cost of treating spinal cord injuries can be exorbitant. Depending on the type of spinal cord injury you have suffered—whether it results in partial or complete paralysis, paraplegia, tetraplegia, etc.—you may be facing a lifetime of unanticipated costs. And, of course, this is on top of the immense physical and emotional impact spinal cord injuries often have on victims.
In filing a personal injury claim against the liable party, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Immediate emergency medical treatment and hospitalization
- Ongoing care, including surgeries and physical rehabilitation therapy
- Pain management programs, including medication plans
- Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and ramps for your home
- Lost wages/income for time taken off work
- Reduced or lost earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost/reduced quality of life
This list is not exhaustive; depending on the specific details involved in your case, you may be able to recover compensation for additional costs, such as punitive damages from the at-fault party. However, recovering compensation can be difficult, especially if you are going up against an insurance company with an army of lawyers. The right help can make all the difference. That is why you should speak to our attorneys about your case to learn more about your options.
Any accident that puts enough force on your spine could result in a lifelong injury. However, regardless of how your injury occurred, our Glendale attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We understand what you are going through and are here to provide you with the compassionate and personalized legal attention you deserve. Should your case proceed to trial, we are prepared to remain your zealous advocate from start to finish.
Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (818) 507-4311 today.
Recent Spinal Cord Injury Case Results
- $950,000 Settlement - Spinal Cord Injury (Bike Accident)
- $725,000 Settlement - Spinal Cord Injury (Car Accident)
- $710,000 Settlement - Spinal Cord Injury (Rear-End Accident)
- Spine Injuries and Disorders - MedlinePlus
- Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research - NIH
- Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
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