Brunswick Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Helping You Heal from Catastrophic Injuries
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone’s negligence or careless actions, you deserve to be financially compensated for any damages you’ve suffered. This is especially true for those who have suffered serious injuries, which can not only cost thousands of dollars to treat but transform the way you live the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has spinal cord injuries, you’re not alone. More than 450,000 people live with spinal cord injuries in the United States, and 7,800 new cases are diagnosed every year. Spinal cord injuries are serious and prevent you from returning to your job and engaging in the normal activities you used to do before your accident. The Law Office of Brad S. McLelland, PC. has more than 20 years of experience helping the injured pave a way to a more secure future. When you call, I, a Brunswick spinal cord injury attorney, can listen attentively to your story and offer solutions to even the most complex problems.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is an injury so severe that it results in long-term or permanent effects that can impact your functional abilities. Examples include burns that require extensive surgeries, amputations that force you to quit your job if you can no longer perform your daily tasks, and brain injuries that affect your memory, communicative skills, and more. Spinal cord injuries also fall under this category, as they can impair your ability to move and walk.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There a variety of spinal cord injuries that can occur depending on how you were injured, as the spinal cord can be pulled, compresses, or pushed sideways, or even cut completely. Tumors, abscesses, and blood clots can also damage the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries are typically categorized as complete or incomplete. If someone has an incomplete injury, this means their spinal cord hasn’t been completely severed and some functional abilities can be retained. A complete injury, on the other hand, severs the spinal cord completely can causes permanent damage to function beneath the injured area.
Examples of complete spinal cord injuries include:
- Hemiplegia: Paralysis that occurs on just one side of the body
- Tetraplegia/Quadriplegia: This occurs when the victim experiences a loss of function and feeling in all four of their limbs
- Triplegia: Loss of feelings in one arm and both legs
- Spastic quadriplegia: This condition involves serious spasms in the limbs
Virtually any accident can cause spinal cord injuries depending on where an individual is struck and the force applied. Common accidents that cause these injuries include motor vehicle accidents involving cars, buses, motorcycles, and trucks. Slip and fall accidents where victims fall onto their backs can also cause paralysis.
Spinal Injury Symptoms
While many spinal cord injuries are immediately known and felt after the accident, they can also vary in severity and some victims may not realize they have an injury until hours or days after their accident. The severity of a spinal cord injury also depends on how badly the cord is damaged and where the injury is location. It’s important to understand the symptoms of a spinal cord injury so you can seek treatment as soon as you notice them. The longer you wait to be treated, the worse your condition can get.
Common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Tingling sensations
- Paralysis or inability to move
- Breathing difficulties
- Numbness in arm or leg
- Loss of bowel or urinary control
- Lack of coordination
- Altered senses
When you call my firm, I can meet with you one-on-one to learn more about your accident and the pain it caused. I’m committed to holding negligent parties responsible for their actions so you don’t have to worry about paying your hospital bills. I can achieve justice for you during a dark time.
Call (912) 400-0039 to get started on your injury case and meet with Brunswick spinal cord injury attorney Brad S. McLelland. Catastrophic injuries are painful and expensive, and cases should be settled efficiently so you can move on.