Eisenberg Law Offices, Madison
A spinal cord injury is likely to affect every aspect of your life as well as the lives of those around you. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have to spend several months in rehabilitation or may need to make the necessary emotional and financial adjustments for dealing with full paralysis.
This catastrophic injury requires due attention and planning of your future for securing the stability you and your dear ones need. Personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices, located in Madison, Wisconsin, understand the high level of stress you are experiencing – we are ready to serve you for recovering the damages from the negligent party in order to ensure your future well-being along with your family’s.
The estimated annual incidence of spinal cord injury, not including those who die at the scene of the accident, is approximately 40 cases per million people in the US or approximately 12,000 new cases each year. Many of the injured suffer from chronic pain; some have varying degrees of paralysis, while others are close to death.
Causes: Spinal cord injury is any injury to the spinal cord, which is caused by a trauma, instead of a disease. It may stem from a sudden blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the vertebrae. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sports and recreation injuries.
Types: According to severity, the spinal cord injuries are classified into complete (almost all motor and sensory functions below the injury are lost) or incomplete (some motor or sensory functions are present). Paralysis from a spinal cold injury can be referred to either as tetraplegia, quadriplegia, or paraplegia, depending on the areas, which are affected.
Symptoms: The symptoms vary depending on where the spine is injured (neck, chest level, or lower back) and how seriously. The severity of symptoms depends on whether the spinal cord is seriously or only partially injured. Some of the symptoms may be: loss of movement and sensation, spasms, changes in sexual function, loss of bladder or bowel control, pain or intense stinging sensation, and difficulty breathing.
Risk Factors: Certain factors may predispose a person to a higher risk of becoming a victim of spinal cord injury. Some of the risk factors are: being a male, being between ages of 16 and 30, engaging in risky behavior, and having a bone or joint disorder (i.e., arthritis, osteoporosis).
Treatment: As a medical emergency, spinal cord injury requires immediate treatment, in order to reduce long term consequences. The common procedure of treatment is administering medications for decreasing inflammation, immobilization to prevent further damage, surgery, ongoing care for preventing secondary problems, rehabilitation, and medications for managing the effects of the injury.
Through long years of experience with our clients, our Wisconsin spinal cord injury attorneys know that sudden, accident-caused disability can be frightening and difficult to cope with. Your long-term happiness, relationships, job, financial situation, and even everyday mobility may be affected.
Although adapting is not easy, it is essential to stay motivated and look for the support you need. For reclaiming an independent life, it is important to educate yourself about the injury, look out for local support groups, modify your home for possibly more autonomy, and learn about the latest technologies, treatments, and devices available. Even though spinal cord injury can bring about substantial changes in your lifestyle, with the right support structure in place you continue to live a joyful life.
Enlisting professional legal support is also crucial, as depending on the severity of your injury, you may be faced with challenging financial situation. Eisenberg Law Offices personal injury attorneys have a broad experience in personal injury cases and are well aware of hardships you may be going through.
We will fight for your physical and economical injuries and help you recover damages (medical, rehabilitation, lost income, pain and suffering, and punitive) from the negligent party. If you think you have a legal claim, call Eisenberg Law Offices today for a free consultation.
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