According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 294,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury (SCI). It’s unfortunate that so many people experience this catastrophic injury that completely changes their lives.
At Cravens and Noll, P.C., you are a priority. We understand the devastating and life-changing effects of spinal cord injuries.
We are prepared to take on the legal issues related to your injury so that you can focus on getting healthy and getting back to your life.
We understand the limited mobility and loss of sensation that often accompany spinal cord injuries. We can only imagine the physical and emotional turmoil going on in your life right now. We are prepared to assist you in obtaining justice and the life care plan that provides you peace of mind.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spine and back are vital parts of the body and they are the most complex. The spine consists of many bones, discs and nerves that connect your brain functions to your body.
As such, any serious damage to your head, neck or back can greatly affect your body’s motor functions and mental abilities.
Any impact on your spinal cord can cause a fracture, compression, or dislocation of the vertebrae, which also can crush your extensive nerve cells. This damage breaks the connections between your spinal cord and your brain, leading to long-lasting damages to your motor and brain functions.
There are two types of spinal cord injuries:
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Incomplete injuries indicate that the spinal cord’s ability to communicate with the brain is not totally lost.
- Anterior cord syndrome:
- Loss of movement and sensory perception
- Due to damage to the anterior section of the spinal cord
- Brown-Sequared syndrome:
- Loss of movement and sensation
- Due to damage to the right or left side of the spinal cord
- Central Cord Syndrome:
- Loss of sensory perception
- Weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs
- Caused by damage to the cervical area
- Individual nerve cell injuries:
- Impaired movement and muscle sensation
- Due to a damaged nerve cell or cluster
- Spinal contusions:
- The spinal cord is bruised
- Causes temporary or sometimes permanent movement and sensation impairment
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
When the spinal cord has lost all ability to communicate with the brain, this is a complete injury. These types of spinal injuries lead to quadriplegia or paraplegia.
- Quadriplegia – the partial or complete paralysis on the arms, legs, and neck
- Paraplegia – paralysis on the lower body
Any serious injuries to your spinal cord can change your life forever. Whether your spinal injury is complete or incomplete, you will have expensive medical bills and intense physical therapy sessions to help you recover your motor functions.
Common Spinal Cord Accidents in Virginia
Since 2015, the top causes of spinal cord injury are vehicle crashes and falls. During car accidents and slip and fall incidents, your back is more susceptible to strain, trauma and serious damage. Any direct force to your spine or neck could lead to a serious spinal cord injury.
There are many other common accidents that can lead to debilitating spinal cord injuries:
- Acts of violence
- Athletic accidents
- Medical malpractice
Many of these accidents involve negligence on someone else’s part, be it a distracted driver, an irresponsible worker or a dangerous assaulter. The poor actions of someone else can have a dramatic and long-lasting effect on your life if they cause you to suffer a spinal injury.
Effective Personal Injury Counsel, on Your Side
When you or a loved one is the victim of another person or entity’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. That’s why the spinal cord injury attorneys of Cravens and Noll, P.C. are dedicated to providing the best legal counsel.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers provide clients with exceptional representation, marked by:
- Honest case evaluation:
- From your initial consultation, you will meet a team of staff and attorneys ready to discuss the issues of your case and provide you immediate analysis of your claim.
- We will advise you of any experts we may need to prove your case.
- We will always honestly assess the case and your possible recovery.
- Valued counsel:
- We are trial lawyers. We will tell you what you need to know, even if it is not what you want to hear.
- We have a team of medical experts at the ready that frequently assists us with case evaluations, treatment and testimony.
- Aggressive litigation:
- We fight for our clients. That could mean litigating your case through the appellate court or it could mean accepting a reasonable settlement offer early on.
- We will do what is best for you.
- Efficient representation:
- We pride ourselves on doing our jobs efficiently.
- We start with an initial consultation.
- We do everything we can to keep costs as reasonable as possible and utilize only those medical and damage experts who are absolutely necessary to prove liability and damages and get you the financial recovery you deserve.
Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries
The effects of spinal cord injuries go beyond the physical. There are many ways that damage to your spinal cord can completely upend your life. Our attorneys are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for these injuries.
Damages can include:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Physical therapy costs
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of income
- Familial stress
Contact a Spinal Injury Attorney
The initial consultation is all about the client, what is his or her case, what are his or her needs, and what advice and assistance we can offer. We work to ensure that, at the first visit, you meet the legal team that will help you.
We equip you with the essential information that permits you to make a fair assessment of our services, skills and abilities. We will empower you to take charge of your case.
Contact our personal injury firm for an initial consultation to discuss your case and legal options.