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Spinal cord injuries are unlike most other types of injuries because they are often long-term and usually require permanent care. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves and tissues that connects parts of the brain, neck, and back along the vertebrae. Along with the brain, the spinal cord is the body’s central nervous system. Damage to any part of the spine can result in paralysis, loss of bodily function, nerve damage, and long-term pain.
Our Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys understand what types of accidents cause spinal cord damage, who is responsible when the injury occurs, and what type of medical care is needed to maximize the recovery and cope with adjustments in lifestyle. At Gainsberg Law, our lawyers are trusted in the community to help accident victims get full compensation when a wrong has occurred for any reason. We are ready to help you and your family understand the medical and legal challenges so that you can begin your life again.
Understanding spinal cord injuries
The place and severity determine how serious a spinal cord injury will be. Spinal cord injuries are considered complete if the patient loses most of his/her sensory function and bodily function, and incomplete if the patient has some sensory and functional abilities. Paralysis of the spine that affects the arms, legs, trunk, pelvic organs, and hands is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia. If the arms and hands are functional but the legs, trunk, and pelvic organs are not, the patient has paraplegia. In either event, paralysis of the spinal cord is a life-altering occurrence for the patient and those who love him/her.
Spinal cord damage can also cause:
- Loss of movement
- Brain damage
- Loss of bladder function
- Difficulties with breathing
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Pain or numbness
- An inability to perform sexually
Our Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys review each client’s case with their personal doctors, and independent doctors when needed, to fully assess the medical diagnosis and recovery issues, including the need for extensive rehabilitation.
Causes of spinal cord injury
Many different types of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. The common denominator in all the types of personal injury cases is that if someone else caused the accident, the injured person deserves compensation for the wrong. Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Vehicle accidents. Car, truck, motorcycle, public transit, and other vehicle accidents can cause a spinal cord injury because the vehicles weigh many times more than the victim, and their combination of mass and speed often creates unbearable forces.
- Defective products. Any explosion or malfunction of work equipment, airbags, appliances, or other large objects can result in a severe spinal cord injury.
- Unsafe premises. Anyone who slips, trips, or falls can suffer a herniated disc or any other form of spinal cord harm. If an item falls off a shelf or a customer is mugged because of negligent security, damages to the spine can also occur.
- Medical malpractice. Patients have surgical procedures in the hope that they will get better. Sadly, some patients get worse due to medical error by the doctor, the hospitals, nurses, or medical staff. One slip of the knife, one injection in the wrong location, or one other medical oversight can cause spinal cord injury and permanent harm.
- Sports and recreation injuries. Football players, mountain climbers, and any type of athlete can suffer a spinal cord injury.
One place where fault is not an issue is in workers’ compensation cases. If an employee suffered a spinal cord injury while working on the job, then the employee should be entitled to payment of all reasonable medical bills to treat the spine injury and 2/3 of the lost the wages while the employee cannot work. If the spinal injury causes a permanent disability, the worker may be entitled to additional work loss benefits.
Types of Cases We Handle
Some of the more serious types of injuries our firm handles are:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Product liability
- Premises liability
- Tourism-related liability
- Medical malpractice
- Police brutality
- Nursing home abuse
Helping spinal cord injury victims get justice in Chicago
Our compassionate Chicago spinal cord injury attorneys understand how traumatic your injuries are. We have the same concerns you do about your ability or the ability of a loved one to have a normal life. At Gainsberg Law, we understand your concerns about how the medical bills will be paid and how you will earn a living. To speak with a compassionate attorney who works to hold wrongdoers accountable, please call our office at 312-600-9585 or fill out our contact form.