If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you know that it can result in a wide range of health, economic, and social consequences. A spinal cord injury doesn’t only increase your risk of developing secondary health conditions, but it may render you dependent on assistive technology or the care of others.
If your spinal cord injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing in Colorado Springs, Wm. Andrew Wills II P.C. can help.
Drew has extensive experience in personal injury law, and he will provide you with all the necessary legal solutions to hold the responsible parties accountable and pursue fair compensation for your damages.
Keep reading to learn more about the legal aspects surrounding spinal cord injuries. If you want to pursue compensation for your injuries, contact Wm. Andrew Wills II P.C. to schedule an initial consultation and case review.
Why Choose Wm. Andrew Wills II As Your Spinal Cord Injury Attorney?
If you sustained a spinal cord injury in Colorado Springs and need to recover compensation, choose Wm. Andrew Wills II as your injury attorney.
Drew has been practicing injury law throughout the state of Colorado and has more than thirty years’ experience in spinal cord injury cases. In addition to extensive legal knowledge, Drew also brings an excellent track record to the table.
When you use the legal solutions of Wm. Andrew Wills II, you have an attorney on board who pulls out all the stops to reach a favorable settlement with the other party or win your spinal cord injury case.
What Is the Spinal Cord?
The spinal cord is a long, tube-like structure that extends from the brain stem to the bottom of the spine. The spinal cord is the center for reflexes and consists of nerve fibers that carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body, making it a vital component of the central nervous system.
Three layers of tissue called meninges cover the spinal cord. The spinal cord and meninges run through the center of the spine in the spinal canal, and 33 individual backbones called vertebrae protect it from impact. There are also cartilage discs between the backbones that reduce the impact of movements, such as running.
Different Spinal Cord Injury Types
A spinal cord injury typically refers to an injury to the:
- Spinal cord
- Cartilage disks
- Ligaments of the spine
The injury can also lead to the accumulation of fluid in and around the spinal cord, bleeding, inflammation, and swelling.
Spinal cord injuries can be grouped according to the region affected and include:
- Cervical spinal cord injuries that affect the head and neck region above the shoulders
- Lumbar spinal cord injuries that affect the hips and legs
- Thoracic spinal cord injuries that affect the upper chest, mid-back, and abdominal muscles
- Sacral spinal cord injuries that affect the hips, back of the thighs, buttocks, and pelvic organs
Additionally, a spinal cord injury can be either complete or incomplete. In the case of a complete injury, the victim loses all feeling and movement control below the site of the injury. If the spinal cord injury is incomplete, there is a remaining degree of sensory function and movement control below the site of the injury.
Common Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is usually the result of a blow to the spine or penetrating trauma. Common causes of blows or spinal cord penetrations include:
- Car accidents—the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Road accidents include bicycle accidents, truck accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
- Acts of violence—such as assault or attempted murder, which involve gunshot and knife wounds
- Falls— one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries among the elderly
- Athletic activities—including impact sports and diving
How Much Can I Claim?
The worth of a spinal cord injury case depends on several factors, with the most significant being the damages you suffered as a result of the injury. Generally speaking, the more severe the injury, the more you can claim.
For example, if you have a paralyzing spinal cord injury that affects your ability to earn an income and care for your dependents, you can pursue a higher claim of $1 million or more. If you also claim for lifetime disability and 24/7 care, your spinal cord injury case will also be worth more.
Every spinal cord injury case is unique, however. To determine the worth of your case, contact Wm. Andrew Wills II P.C. to schedule a case review.
What Damages Can I Recover With A Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Damages are remedies that plaintiffs have available in personal injury cases to restore their position to what it was before the accident.