Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerves that extends from the base of the brain to the lower back. It carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body, which allow you to move, feel and touch, as well as other things. A spinal cord injury stops the flow of messages below the site of the injury and results in an inability to move, feel and touch below that level. The closer the injury is to the brain, the more of the body is affected. For example, an injury to the spinal cord in the middle of the back usually affects the legs (paraplegia), and an injury to the area of the cord at the neck can affect the arms, chest, and legs (quadriplegia).
Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by trauma to the spine. These injuries can result from car accidents, falls, gunshots, and other injuries. Although less common, spinal cord injuries can also result from infections, spinal stenosis, or birth defects, some of which could have been prevented as they were caused or allowed to be caused by medical malpractice, use of unsafe medications (“products liability” cases), or both.
Victims of spinal cord injuries are often unable to work and care for themselves, and they may face significant expenses for hospitalization, medical and nursing care, medical equipment, home remodeling, rehabilitation and in-home care. Although a spinal cord injury is life changing, especially when an injury victim experiences ongoing pain or depression, it does not mean that a person with an injury of this severity cannot have a full and rewarding life. Many people with spinal cord injuries are able to return to some level of work, drive, play sports, and have relationships and families. Having the right team of doctors, therapists and care givers can provide the medical care, support, training, and resources to help the injury victim move toward new goals. At Goldberg & Dohan, our legal team will help you get you the care you need to move forward with your life and enjoy life to the fullest.
Our lawyers meet with medical experts and vocational specialists to develop a life care plan. Such a plan includes estimated costs for your accident-related expenses for the remainder of your life. It also includes an analysis of the kind and extent of ongoing medical treatment you will need.
If you, or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, call our office now at 305-536-3400, toll free at 1-800-270-1710, e-mail us, or complete a free case evaluation for a consultation directly with one of our attorneys.