A serious injury to your spinal cord can be life-altering, and the impact generated in serious car accidents is a common cause of these injuries. If another motorist’s negligence causes you to suffer a spinal injury, turn to the professional legal counsel of an experienced Kansas City car accident attorney for the help you need.
What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The Cleveland Clinic shares that the spinal cord acts as the messaging system between the body and the brain and that any damage to the spinal cord can lead to a disconnect in communication between body and brain. Spinal cord injuries refer to damage to either the spinal cord itself or to the nearby bones and tissues, and the severity of the injury correlates exactly with the resulting loss of mobility and function in the affected area of the body. Because most spinal cord injuries are caused by an intense blow to the vertebrae, car accidents are closely associated.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The Mayo Clinic reports that car and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for nearly half of all such injuries each year. Further, seeking immediate medical attention after a serious car accident is critical for all the following reasons (as they relate to spinal cord injuries):
- Serious spinal cord injuries can be slow to present with obvious symptoms.
- The amount of time that lapses between the injury-causing accident and treatment can play a pivotal role in how extensive the attendant complications are and in the victim’s potential for recovery.
- The numbness or loss of ability to move that is common to severe spinal cord injuries will not necessarily be immediate; it can come on slowly.
If you have been in a car accident of any magnitude, seeking immediate medical attention is always in the best interest of your health and recovery.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often lead to permanent alterations in one’s bodily sensations and strength. Where the injury occurs and its degree of seriousness both affect the extent to which victims are able to control the movement of their limbs. Spinal cord injuries are broken down into the categories of complete (loss of all feeling and all ability to control movement in the affected area) and incomplete (retention of some feeling and ability to control movement in the affected area). Further, any resulting paralysis is classified as either quadriplegia (when the entire body is affected) or paraplegia (when all or part of the trunk, pelvic organs, and legs are affected).
An Experienced Kansas City Car Accident Attorney Can Help
If another motorist’s negligence leaves you with a spinal cord injury, the accomplished Kansas City car accident attorneys at Krause & Kinsman Law Firm recognize the seriousness of your claim and are standing by to help. We dedicate our impressive practice to helping clients like you obtain compensation that adequately addresses the ongoing nature of their physical, financial, and emotional damages. For more information about how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 816-307-2763 today.
Can I afford a car accident attorney?
It is not unusual to be concerned about how you are going to afford a car accident attorney after being seriously injured in a car accident – while your medical bills mount and your earnings halt. Fortunately, however, most reputable car accident attorneys work on contingency, which means they don’t get paid unless you receive either a settlement or court award.
Do I need an attorney?
When the injury is as serious as a spinal cord injury, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is critical, which makes having an experienced car accident attorney on your side paramount.
What damages can I recover?
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you can seek compensation for the following damages (or losses):
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Medical expenses, which are likely to be extensive as well as ongoing
- Lost earnings, which can include lost earning potential far into your future (if you are able to return to work at all)
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering