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.
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. Conditions related to this injury include tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which means the victim cannot move or feel their limbs.
- 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. Damage to this region can result in paraplegia – the loss of feeling and motor control in the lower body and legs – and little to no bladder control.
- 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.
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, quadriplegia, 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 damages, such as punitive damages. Speak to our attorneys about your case to learn more about your options.
Spinal cord injuries occur as a result of all types of accidents and incidents, including car and truck accidents, motorcycle collisions, slip and falls, defective products, and more. Regardless of how your injury occurred, our Glendale attorneys 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
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- Spine Injuries and Disorders - MedlinePlus
- Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research - NIH
- Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation