Need a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
Murrieta Attorney Explains Spinal Cord and Back Injury
When you are the victim of a spinal cord or back injury, it can seem like everything in your life changes. You feel the effects of your injury physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. Regrettably, damage to part of the spinal cord or the nerves around it often causes permanent changes in the body. Unfortunately, these injuries are not uncommon. Around 450 thousand people live with a spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States — over 10 thousand of these people are permanently paralyzed. If you or a loved one have suffered a spine injury due to the negligence of another, then you may be entitled to compensation to cover your expenses and damages.
While financial compensation will never make you fully whole, it can help you better handle the challenges associated with your injury. You have the right to hold the negligent person or parties responsible to help in your recovery. Our Murrieta spinal cord injury lawyer, Steve Gnau, can represent you in your fight for justice. Through aggressive and creative representation, he can help you find methods for recovery.
How do I Recover From a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury can often mean sky-high medical bills for both initial treatment and long-term care. In addition, many spinal cord injury victims are often forced to take substantial time off from work. In the most serious of cases, people are unable to ever return to their previous employment. Further, paralysis victims often suffer severe emotional distress and meaningful time with spouses and other loved ones is substantially limited. If you suffer due to your spine or back injury, then you may be able to seek recovery through the legal system.
Our spinal cord injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for injuries that involve:
- Broken neck
- Broken back
- Other neck and back injuries
Our dedicated Murrieta spine injury attorneys will use their decades of experience to work with a team of experts. We consult with physicians, economists and accident reconstructionists to establish the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Often, there are multiple parties who can be held financially responsible for your losses such as negligent drivers, parts and vehicle manufacturers, repair shops, trucking companies and governmental entities.
What Are the Differences between a Spinal Cord Injury and Back Injury?
Back injuries are not the same as a spinal cord injury. Injuries in the back usually involve a disc in the lumbar shifting, sometimes causing a bulging or pinching pain. A back injury may cause a spinal cord injury, but not always — bones in the back and neck that surround the spinal cord can break without injuring the spinal cord. Paralysis or spinal cord injury can likely be avoided if the broken bones do not put pressure on the spine. Additionally, if the broken bone stabilizes and the spinal cord is not severed, then you may avoid paralysis or spinal cord injury.
Generally, spinal cord injuries fall into two categories:
- Complete: Loss in function below the area of the injury is a “complete injury”. If you have a complete spinal cord injury, then you will have no voluntary movement or sensation and both sides of the body will be affected.
- Incomplete: If you suffer from an injury and have some function, you likely have an “incomplete injury”. You may be able to move some limbs more than others and/or feel parts of the body that cannot move.
Speak with an Experienced Spine Injury Lawyer in Murrieta, CA
The treatment options for a back or spinal cord injury are often complicated and overwhelming. You may have questions concerning what rights and benefits you are entitled to. Alternatively, you may have questions about which parties may have contributed to your injury. With so much at stake, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. Attorney Steve Gnau is not afraid to talk to the insurance companies and can help secure your future.
A spinal cord injury can have a dramatic impact on you, your spouse, your friends and other family members. They also suffer as a result of a loved one’s accident. Life does not need to stop if you or a loved one has suffered a spine injury that has left them significantly injured or paralyzed. If you have been involved in an automobile accident leading to a back or spine injury, then our Murrieta personal injury law firm can help you obtain rightful compensation for any emotional, familial and financial losses felt as a result of the accident.
To speak with a compassionate and experienced spine injury attorney about your case, please contact us right away. Call today at 951-370-1111 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. The consultation is free, and if you are unable to travel, one of our attorneys will come to your home or hospital.