Injuries to the spinal cord can be caused by a variety of incidents, including a fall, an automobile accident, a sports injury, or even a bullet wound. Spinal cord injuries can be one of the most devastating types of injuries, causing extreme pain, loss of movement, and even permanent disability.
There are several issues that must be addressed by a personal injury attorney 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.
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. A spinal cord injury can severely impact your central nervous system and damage nerve fibers.
Injuries of this nature can be incurred in a variety of circumstances, such as the following:
Additional symptoms — such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, bowel and bladder problems, or 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.
If you believe you or a loved one have experienced a spinal cord injury, you should first call 911 right away. The sooner you receive medical assistance, the better. The following steps are recommended after seeking medical attention:
Types of compensation awarded to a victim of a spinal cord injury for loved ones of a victim of spinal cord injury vary by the type of injury sustained. The three types of compensation a victim may be awarded include economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. The following are damages that may be compensated to the victim or victim’s loved ones:
The statute of limitations for personal injuries including spinal cord injuries in the state of Indiana is two years from the date of the accident.
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.
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.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact the Indianapolis Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys of WKW. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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