Waco Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
A spinal cord injury can change your life in an instant. The National Institutes of Health defines spinal cord injuries as damage to the tight bundle of cells and nerves that sends and receives signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may lose control of the normal functions of parts of your body. A spinal cord injury can have devastating, life-altering effects, which can take a toll on a family’s financial and emotional resources. If you suffer a spinal cord injury as a result of the misconduct of another person, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. A Waco personal injury attorney at Craft Law Firm is ready to take your case.
- The recovery period for a spinal cord injury can be a very trying time and our goal is to welcome each client as part of our Craft Law Firm family both during and after their cases and help them navigate what has become the new normal in their lives.
- We take a limited number of cases and that allows our team of lawyers to be selective and pay detailed attention to each case.
- We prepare each case for trial and are always courtroom-ready.
We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so we never charge a fee unless we win. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, call 713-225-0500 today to get a free and confidential case evaluation from one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord and the brain form the central nervous system, which controls the operation of the body. The spinal cord conveys messages from the brain to different parts of our bodies to carry out the functions that are necessary for our daily existence, from walking to chewing and swallowing our food, and automatic functions like breathing and bowel movements. All of our sensory functions, the ability to feel and respond to touch, and our motor functions, the ability to control the movement of different parts of our body, can be impaired by a spinal cord injury.
The spinal cord is a sensitive bundle of nerves protected by bones and tissue. When there is damage to the spinal cord itself or the surrounding bones and tissue, the result is a spinal cord injury which can be permanent or temporary. Motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic falls, and other situations that cause trauma to the head, neck and back, are some common causes of spinal cord injuries. If your accident resulted in a traumatic brain injury, contact a Waco brain injury lawyer for help.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The type and severity of spinal injury you suffer will determine the resulting effect on your body. Spinal cord injuries can be temporary or permanent. They can also be incomplete or complete.
An incomplete injury means that the spinal cord is still able to transmit some messages from the brain to carry out some functions in the body. The patient retains some sensory or motor functions below the affected area.
A complete injury means a complete shutdown of the control center where the spinal cord can no longer transmit messages from the brain to parts of the body to perform its functions. The patient loses all sensory function and motor functions below the affected area of the spinal cord.
Injuries to different parts of the spine have different results.
- Higher cervical injuries are the most severe types of spinal cord injuries and cause the most damage to the patient. A person with higher cervical injuries will typically suffer from paralysis in most of the body affecting all limbs (quadriplegia) and require around-the-clock care. They may also have difficulty breathing without assistance.
- Lower cervical injuries affect the function of the arms and hands. The patient may have total paralysis in their trunk, hands and legs. They may also lose control of their bowels or bladder.
- Thoracic injuries affect the muscles in the upper chest, mid-back and abdominal region. These injuries can also affect the trunk and legs, resulting in paralysis of the legs and lower body (paraplegia).
- Lumbar injuries affect the hips and legs and patients may lose total control of their bowels or bladder.
- Sacral injuries also affect the hips and legs. Patients may also lose total control of their bowels or bladder, but they will likely be able to walk.
While science has come a long way in developing medications and devices to assist patients with their recovery and performing the tasks of normal daily living, adjusting to a new normal can take a mental, social and financial toll on the patient and their family.
Long Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Patients with complete and permanent spinal cord injury suffer from several chronic conditions and face a high risk of respiratory and heart problems that can lead to death. They require constant monitoring to manage these conditions that can develop as a result of their injury. They can suffer from chronic pain, muscular atrophy, bladder and bowel dysfunction, skin infections, and bone fractures. Even less severe spinal cord injuries can cause the patient extreme difficulty performing the most basic physical movements, including, walking, reaching, and bending.
Spinal cord injury patients have a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of them, and often require assistance to carry on with basic tasks. Some patients cannot return to the lifestyle or occupation that they had before the injury.
Waco Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity, you need to get compensation for the losses you suffer as a result of your injury. You don’t have to face it alone. A Waco spinal cord injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering in addition to your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. While there are some injury cases that can be resolved without a lawyer, if you have been severely injured and the circumstances surrounding your accident are complex, you do not want to take a chance of not having a lawyer working for your interests. Spinal cord injury cases can be very complex and your lawyer will work with medical experts and other professionals to establish your case and get you the best outcome.
Craft Law Firm has a team of lawyers, investigators, and an aircraft ready to transport us at a moment’s notice. We will meet you anytime, anywhere. We have litigated on behalf of clients in more than 30 states and we can help you too.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, call us today at 713-225-0500 for your free consultation with an experienced Waco spinal cord injury attorney.