Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury can significantly affect a person’s ability to perform routine functions and enjoy daily activities. Moreover, they are expensive: spinal cord injuries may require months or even years to fully recover, which leaves the victim faced with massive medical debt.
At the Shiner Law Group, we know how life-changing back injuries can be, and our team of award-winning attorneys has over 15 years’ experience handling these types of personal injury cases and achieving results.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident caused by the negligence of another person or business, contact our law firm by phone or visit us online to review the details of your case in a free consultation.
The Shiner Law Group customizes its legal services on a contingency fee basis: you pay nothing unless we get you a recovery. When life happens, we’re here to help, because another person’s actions should not become your out-of-pocket expense.
When To See A Doctor After A Spinal Cord Injury
Anyone who experiences significant trauma to the head or neck should seek immediate medical attention for potential injuries to the spinal cord.
Symptoms of serious trauma to the spinal cord may not appear immediately. If the injury is not diagnosed and treated it could lead to severe injuries.
Numbness or paralysis may come gradually if has not occurred immediately. When bleeding or swelling occurs in or around the spinal cord it would be followed by numbness or paralysis.
The time between injury and treatment can be critical in determining the severity of the injuries and treatment or recovery time.
If you or someone you love has injuries to the spinal cord follow below –
- Don’t move the injured person — Other serious complications or permanent paralysis may occur
- Seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or your local emergency services
- DO NOT MOVE the injured person. It’s important to keep them still to avoid further injuries
- Place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck in place
- Provide basic first aid by stopping any bleeding and making the person comfortable without moving their head or neck
How Negligence Laws Affect Your Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury lawsuits in Florida are adjudicated under the state’s negligence standards: claimants must show the defendant owed a legal duty of care, and a subsequent breach of duty resulted in the claimant’s injuries.
For example, if a person visited a commercial property and sustained a spinal cord injury due to a faulty railing the property owner had knowledge of, the victim could argue the property owner is at fault for the physical damage because the necessary repairs or public notice was not made.
However, under Florida’s comparative negligence standards, both parties can be responsible for a percentage of the damages. If a driver was thrown from the vehicle because they were not wearing a seatbelt and sustained a spinal cord injury, the victim can be held partially responsible for their injuries.
Signs of Spinal Cord Injuries and When to Pursue Medical Treatment
Spinal cord injuries, in many personal injury cases, require long-term care that often includes surgeries, extensive treatment, and rehabilitation. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, medical costs associated with a spinal cord injury may exceed $1 million over the victim’s lifetime.
Back injuries are serious, and you should always seek medical treatment within 14 days of an accident. The personal injury attorneys at the Shiner Law Group identify common symptoms of injuries associated with spinal cord damage:
- Reduced capacity to move limbs;
- Reduced sensations;
- Inability to control bowel or bladder movements;
- Exaggerated muscle spasms;
- Changes in sexual functions, sensitivity, and fertility;
- Pain associated with nerve damage;
- Difficulty breathing or coughing.
It is important for personal injury victims to understand that not all injuries immediately manifest following an accident, as some injuries may take several days to become apparent; however, if you experience physical trauma to the head, neck, or back, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Critical symptoms may include numbness, paralysis, or bleeding, and a thorough medical examination is not only vital to your physical recovery, but it can help you later build a compelling personal injury claim against negligible parties.