Riverside Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Damage can be permanent when the spine sustains injury, as currently, no cure exists. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious we see at the personal injury firm of Bentley & More LLP. Contact us if you or a loved one suffer from paralysis or other damages due to a spine injury in Riverside, California. We can help you pursue financial compensation if someone else’s negligence contributed to the incident. Clients trust our award-winning spinal cord injury attorneys with the most serious, complex, and high-stakes claims in Riverside. Contact us for more information.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is an intricate part of the body that can sustain injury in many ways. Doctors generally classify spine injuries according to the region of impact. The four main spinal cord regions (in order from highest to lowest in the back) are:
- Cervical spinal cord
- Thoracic spinal cord
- Lumbar spinal cord
- Sacral spine
The degree of impact on motor function and sensation a spine injury has depends on the area of damage.
Generally, injuries to the cervical spinal cord are the most catastrophic, as they can cause complete spine injuries from the neck down. Paraplegia, tetraplegia, and triplegia are the most common types of spine injuries.
- Paraplegia is paralysis of the lower half of the body
- Tetraplegia affects all limbs
- Triplegia impacts one arm and both legs
Spinal cord injury survivors will experience differing levels of impact and disability according to the injury.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any impact or force on the spinal cord can cause bone fractures, muscle tears, and irrevocable damage. Anything that damages the spinal cord or any of its nerves can cause permanent changes to sensation, movement, strength, and body function below the point of injury. Some of the most common accidents that result in spine injuries include:
- Auto accident
- Slip and fall
- Sports/recreation injury
- Gunshot or knife wound
- Infections and disease
- Surgical error
Males between the ages 16 and 30 and over the age of 65 are at the highest statistical risk of spine injuries in the U.S. Risky circumstances such as speeding on the highway or diving into shallow waters also increase the risk of spine injuries. You might have grounds for a personal injury claim if someone else contributed to your spinal cord injury.
Who Is Liable for Your Spinal Cord Injury?
“Liability” refers to legal responsibility for an accident and subsequent injuries. The party liable for your spinal cord injury will be the one that caused or contributed to the accident. Your employer might be liable, for example, if you fell from a poorly constructed scaffold at work that your employer could have prevented. Assigning liability often takes an investigation into the incident. Our lawyers have handled spinal cord injury claims involving the liability of the government, doctors, hospitals, employers, product manufacturers, property owners, and other parties. We can help you determine fault for your recent accident.
What Damages Can Spinal Cord Injury Victims Recover?
Spinal cord injuries are what the Riverside courts call “catastrophic.” Catastrophic injuries cause long-lasting or permanent damage to the individual. The California civil justice system may grant catastrophic injury survivors significant compensation for their lifelong costs and losses. Spine injuries can cost a family hundreds of thousands of dollars. A lawsuit could end in compensation for lifelong hospital visits, surgeries, rehabilitation, medical devices, and home or vehicle modifications. You could also receive payment for lost wages, lost earning capacity, lost quality of life, loss of consortium, physical pain, and emotional distress.
Talk to a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
Our aggressive personal injury attorneys know what it takes to secure maximum compensation for life-changing spinal cord injuries. Trust our Riverside spinal cord injury lawyers with your claim and experience the Bentley & More LLP difference. Go online today to request your free legal consultation.