Charleston Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
More than 20 Years of Legal Success in West Virginia
Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe injuries a person can acquire in an accident because they result in permanent paralysis, resulting in the victim being unable to use certain limbs for the rest of their lives. The injury can cause more than physical harm; it can impact a victim’s loved ones, finances, and future.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the actions of another, contact Bobby Warner and our West Virginia lawyers at Warner Law Offices, PLLC. The monetary compensation we recover in a personal injury claim can help spinal cord injury victims and their loved ones take on the challenges of the future with less concern about medical bills, employment, and rehabilitation. We return calls within the hour and are happy to connect you directly with one of our lawyers so we can learn more about your situation.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury is caused by a traumatic blow to the head, neck, or back that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. Around 11,000 people suffer from a spinal cord injury each year in the United States.
The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that carries nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body and makes up the central nervous system, along with the brain. When a spinal cord injury occurs, this system is damaged, often resulting in physical impairment. Because the spinal cord is responsible for so much, from your coordination to your bodily functions, any damage to it is often permanent and debilitating.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are different types of spinal cord injury classifications that correspond to where the injury is located and how much of the body is impacted. For example, quadriplegia involves losing the ability to move and sense in all four limbs of the body—paralysis that is caused when the spinal cord injury occurs at the neck. Paraplegia, on the other hand, involves the spinal cord being impacted below the neck, resulting in paralysis of the legs and lower body.
Other known types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Hemiplegia: This involves paralysis affecting just one side of the body. The other side may be able to have feeling and some motion.
- Spastic quadriplegia: This condition causes severe spasms in the affected limbs but is mainly associated with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance.
What to Do After a Spinal Cord Injury
The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, followed by sports mishaps, falls, violence, and disease. Spinal cord injuries cause secondary complications such as pain, respiratory and heart problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity, and scoliosis.
If you suspect you’ve injured your spinal cord in an accident, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. If the injury is severe or you can feel certain parts of your body, don’t move, as this can make your injury much worse. Instead, call for help and lie still. You may want to ask any witnesses or bystanders to place heavy towels on both sides of your neck to prevent you from moving.
If the injury isn’t severe, you still need immediate medical treatment. Going a certain length of time without being treated can result in a more severe injury that could’ve been prevented.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Not sure whether you have a spinal cord injury? Be aware of the following symptoms so you know when to get help:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty walking or imbalance
- Numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, toes, and fingers
- Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck or back
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Due to their severity and the sheer extent of treatment needed, spinal cord injuries tend to involve high costs of care. Some people accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, along with lost income if they lose their jobs or can no longer work. Hiring a lawyer who can file a personal injury claim on your behalf and go to court to fight for your rights is the best way you can obtain the compensation needed to cover these costs.
Our lawyers have achieved seven and eight figure results in our cases and have decades of trial experience. We can help you break down the costs of your bills, which can include everything from physical therapy bills to hospital bills to costs of retrofitting your home and buying a wheelchair. Our lawyers can work hard to ensure you have everything you need to make a fresh start and transition into this new chapter of your life. We can hold the driver, property owner, or other at-fault party responsible for their actions.