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Spinal Cord Injury FAQs
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In our nearly 90 years of practice, we at Crary Buchanan have all too often seen the devastating impact of a spinal cord injury. When the injury is the result of another’s negligent, reckless, or careless actions, the consequences are especially heartbreaking.
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As experienced personal injury advocates, we recognize there are many concerns and misconceptions concerning spinal cord injuries. The following are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have encountered.
What is a spinal cord injury?
A spinal cord injury is the result of a trauma to the spinal cord. There are a variety of injury classifications, which fall under broad headings. A “complete” spinal cord injury is when no motor or sensory function remains. An “incomplete” spinal cord injury may have varying degrees of motor and sensory function. A “normal” spinal cord injury means that there is no motor or sensory effect from the injury, although significant neurological impact may still exist with this type of injury.
Do spinal cord injuries ever get better?
As time from the initial injury progresses, some individuals with spinal cord injuries may find some functionality returning. The amount of feeling and functionality that returns is based on the extent of the injury, where on the spinal cord it occurred, and will vary greatly from person to person. Even individuals who sustain similar injuries may have very different outcomes in the recovery process. Health of the person before their injury, age, gender, weight, mental state, type and consistency of medical care, and other related variables factor into a person’s recovery as well. Though medical advances have greatly improved the prognosis and quality of life for spinal cord injury survivors, only a very small percentage of people with spinal cord injuries fully recover.
How are spinal injuries caused?
A traumatic spinal cord injury can be caused in an assortment of ways. Automobile accidents cause the most spinal cord injuries each year. The spinal cord can also be injured in a diving accident, football tackle gone wrong, or the result of medical malpractice. For individuals over the age of 65, a slip or fall accident is a common reason for spinal injury. Spinal cord injuries can also occur in the workplace or as the result of a construction site accident.
How can I help my loved one who has a spinal injury?
Spinal cord injuries are, by nature, sudden and traumatic events. If someone you love has experienced such an injury, personally acknowledging that a life-altering event has happened and the future may be uncertain is a good first step. It is important to remain positive yet realistic when talking to a spinal cord injury victim. Offering your support is often the best thing you can do to help your loved one.
It is beneficial to educate yourself on spinal cord injuries through internet research or by speaking with a medical professional who is trained in this area. Spinal cord injuries involve long-term care than can be extremely expensive. You may want to encourage your loved one to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them recover compensation for the life-long damages they have suffered. Most of all, it is vital to never give up hope and to constantly communicate that hope to your family member or friend who has been injured.
How can Crary Buchanan help?
Sometimes spinal injuries happen because of negligence or willful wrongdoing on the part of someone else. If you believe your injury was caused by a preventable accident or a violent encounter you did not provoke, you may be able to submit a personal injury claim. Our skilled Port St. Lucie personal injury attorneys can work with your situation to help you fight for your legal rights. We can deliver the unwavering representation you need and deserve to meet the challenges of such a catastrophic injury.
Our professional, caring lawyers put our decades of experience to work for you by making sure that no detail ever falls through the cracks. With an outstanding reputation in the Treasure Coast area and an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, you can have the utmost confidence in entrusting our firm with your spinal cord injury case. We offer personalized, top-notch legal representation for all areas of personal injury.
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