A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries that a person can suffer. These injuries have the potential to leave people with permanent disabilities that significantly affect their ability to work, participate in activities, and even perform the basic tasks of daily living. Spinal cord injuries can also lead to serious and life-threatening complications without proper ongoing care.
Suffering a spinal cord injury can have a permanent impact on your life and your financial well-being. When your spinal cord injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your losses. The Houston spinal cord injury lawyers of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, can help. Our experienced attorneys will aggressively pursue every available avenue to demand the full compensation you need.
Contact us today to speak with a Houston spinal cord injury attorney about your case. We will review all your options in a free case evaluation. There are no upfront costs for us to begin work on your case, and you do not pay us unless we win money for you.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Spinal Cord Injury?
Sometimes, a spinal cord injury arises from a freak accident that isn’t considered anyone’s “fault.” However, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim after suffering a spinal cord injury when someone else’s actions or inactions were the cause of your injury. In order to seek compensation in a personal injury claim, you’ll need to show that the at-fault party was negligent or reckless, and their negligence was responsible for your injuries and losses.
For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, you would need to show that the other driver’s negligence, or failure to drive lawfully and cautiously, caused your accident and injuries. Our attorneys will work meticulously to gather evidence that proves fault in your accident and build a case for the full compensation you’re owed.
Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, such as:
- Costs of early medical treatment, including hospital visits and surgeries
- Physical rehabilitation
- Mental health therapy
- Mobility equipment and other assistive technologies
- Home renovations to accommodate disabilities
- Other out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel costs related to treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of earning capacity due to disabilities
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental distress
- Lost enjoyment of life
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
There are different types of spinal cord injuries, which vary based on the severity of the injury and the parts of the body affected. A “complete” spinal cord injury occurs when all sensory and motor function is lost below the level of the injury. An injury is considered “incomplete” if some function is retained in the affected areas. Paralysis resulting from a spinal cord injury may be classified as paraplegia when it affects the legs, pelvic area, and trunk, or as tetraplegia/quadriplegia when legs, pelvis, torso, and arms are all affected.
Symptoms immediately following a spinal cord injury may include:
- Extreme pain or pressure in the head, neck, and/or back
- Weakness, lack of coordination, or paralysis
- Loss of sensation and tingling or numbness in fingers, hands, toes, or feet
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Issues with balance or walking
- Difficulty breathing
Long-term symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include:
- Pain or a stinging sensation from the site of the injury
- Loss of motor function
- Loss of or altered feeling
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Spasms or exaggerated movements or reflexes
- Changes in sexual function or sensitivity
- Difficulties breathing, coughing, or clearing fluids or secretions from the lungs