A spinal cord injury usually results from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that dislocates or fractures one or more vertebrae. Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, loss of bodily function as well as movement, numbness, and more. Individuals with complete paralysis are not only physically incapacitated, but can also experience difficulty breathing.
Spinal cord injuries are serious medical conditions that will often amount to considerable medical expenses, the inability to return to work, permanent disability and decreased quality of life. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our compassionate Atlanta spinal cord injury and paralysis lawyers understand the severity of spinal cord injuries and will fight hard for each and every client to obtain the compensation they deserve.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury consists of damage to the spinal cord that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Such injuries result in pain as well as a loss of function or feeling. Spinal cord injuries can range in severity depending largely upon the location of the injury as well as the level of damage to the spine. Some catastrophic spinal injury victims will tragically lose all sensation and mobility below the point of the injury. Accordingly, the higher the injury on the vertebrae, the more severe the paralysis. Other spinal cord injuries, such as herniated or bulging discs, may not necessarily paralyze a person,, but will leave the patient with ongoing tingling or numbness to the extremities, causing drastic decreases in mobility and range of motion. Patients with spinal injuries can require physical therapy, injections, or even surgery to repair the condition, while others will continue to suffer from ongoing issues with bodily sensations despite treatment.
What are the major causes of a spinal cord injury?
There are many possible causes of spinal cord injuries and paralysis. Some of the most common causes include:
Is a spinal cord injury the same as a neck or back injury?
These injuries are intricately related, as the spinal cord is housed within the neck and back.. A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord itself, while a neck or back injury can encompass damage to the bones, muscles, or connective tissues within those areas. Damage to the neck or back may also involve damage to the spinal cord, as is often the case when vertebrae are dislocated and impinge upon or damage the spinal cord.
I suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident. Do I have a right to recover for my damages sustained in the accident?
Probably. If you sustain injury in a car accident caused by negligence, you should be able to seek compensation from the at-fault person or party. The grounds for your recovery could include speeding, distracted driving, failure to follow traffic signals, and much more.
I sustained a spinal cord injury in a work accident. What are my rights?
You will likely be entitled to receive workers’ compensation through your Atlanta employer. You could also receive catastrophic injury coverage, which can continue for the duration of your injury, even if you will suffer from the injury for the rest of your life.
How can a spinal cord injury attorney help me if I have suffered a spinal cord injury?
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury due to an accident in Atlanta, or anywhere in Georgia or the Southeast, our spinal cord injury attorneys can review your potential case and evaluate your right to recover from the person(s) or company(s) responsible for your injury. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know how severely a spinal cord injury can affect your life. You may face extraordinarily difficult financial problems, such as staggering medical expenses or a disability caused by your injury that limits, or even removes your ability to work. In fact, serious spinal cord injuries can require a lifetime of costly care, permanent loss of employment and drastically reduced enjoyment of life for you and your family. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will vigorously fight for each client to obtain full compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and, if the situation warrants, punitive damages. This way, our clients can focus on making the best medical recovery possible while we handle the complicated legal issues of the case and protect their rights.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a car, truck, work, or any related accident, the Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 33 years, our firm has assisted thousands of individuals with spinal cord injuries and paralysis across Georga, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.