A spinal cord injury may result from a traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, compresses or dislocates one or more vertebrae. A spinal cord injury can be defined as complete, resulting in total loss of function below the point of injury, or incomplete, which can leave some degree of sensation and control intact. Injuries of this nature can be incurred in a variety of circumstances, such as:
- Workplace accidents
- Diving accidents
- Automobile or aviation accidents
- Electric shock
- Bullet or stab wounds
- Extreme twisting of the trunk
- Sports injuries
Such injuries can sever or partially sever the spinal cord, fracture vertebrae that protrude into the spinal cord itself, injure peripheral nerves or damage neural pathways that relay nerve signals through the spinal cord. These types of injuries can vary in their severity and can result in complete recovery to partial recovery or paralysis. Additional symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, bowel and bladder problems, and sexual dysfunction may also develop. Spinal cord injury patients are also prone to developing secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections and bedsores. Special equipment and accommodations may become necessary for day-to-day living.
Wilson Kehoe Winingham has made spinal cord injuries one of the primary areas of our practice for over 20 years. Using the resources of a registered nurse on staff in addition to experienced trial attorneys, our firm believes that the best possible outcome for a client can be attained by a thorough understanding of the nature of an injury and the medical and legal issues it presents. There are several issues that must be addressed by an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer when dealing with a spinal cord injury, including payment of medical bills, treatment and rehabilitation, insurance coverage and ultimately the recovery of damages for your injury.
We believe that measuring the full impact of pain, injuries and disability on a person’s life and obtaining the maximum benefit for our clients can be accomplished only by possessing a thorough knowledge of both the legal and medical disciplines. Let an Indianapolis spinal cord injury lawyer and our team of professionals to work for you.