The devastating effects of back and spinal cord injuries are best illustrated by what happened to the actor Christopher Reeve, who went from being “Superman” to being a complete quadriplegic without the ability to even breathe on his own.
About Spinal Injuries
The spinal cord — which runs from the tail bone up through the back and neck and into the head — is the main “switchboard” for all the movement messages our bodies send and receive. An injury to the spinal cord is always a severe injury because the movement and function of the body is affected. Spinal cord injuries usually result in loss of function, loss of mobility and/or a loss of feeling.
A person can have a neck or back injury that does not affect the spinal cord. Even a broken neck or broken back does not necessarily involve the spinal cord because one can break the bones of the neck and back (which protect the spinal cord) and not injure the cord itself. These kinds of neck and back injuries can heal. However, sometimes a person can develop chronic pain even through the spinal cord was not injured. There are also soft tissue neck and back injuries, which are different than spinal cord injuries. For the most part, spinal cord injuries create permanent damage and never heal . . . although there is always hope.
Frequently Asked Questions About Severe Injury Cases
The location of the spinal cord injury determines the extent of the damage and loss of function. Usually, the higher up the injury, the more severe the damage. For example, if the spinal cord is injured in the cervical (neck) area, quadriplegia may result (loss of movement of all four limbs). Injuries in the chest area and lower spine may affect only the legs and result in paraplegia rather than quadriplegia. Complete spinal cord injuries mean there is no feeling and no functioning below the area of injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries mean there may be some feeling or sensation and one side of the body may be more affected than the other.
In any case, these kinds of injuries are devastating to the individual and his or her family and affect every aspect of life, from sensation, ability to walk, mobility, bowel and bladder control, sexual functioning, digestion, respiratory function and of course basic enjoyment of life.
The Compensation You Deserve
Although an individual can never be adequately compensated for these kinds of losses and disabilities, if someone else was at fault in causing the spinal cord injury, you are entitled to compensation. Damages may include medical bills, medical equipment, loss of income, ongoing care, loss of enjoyment of life, the damages and consequences to family and loved ones, counseling, physical therapy, retraining, pain and suffering and other damages. It is important to choose an injury attorney who is well experienced with severe injury cases, trials and settlements to be sure you and your family receive all the compensation you deserve.
Experience and Expertise
Before deciding to represent injured people, Philadelphia injury attorney Edith Pearce spent over ten years working as an attorney for an insurance company and defense firm. She knows all the “tricks of the trade” from the other side of the fence and knows how to navigate through the complexities and defenses of insurance companies in order to obtain full and fair compensation for her clients’ injuries, losses, trauma and suffering.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Pearce Law Firm will work diligently on your behalf to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve. We will do everything within our power to help you through this traumatic time and create as much ease as possible for the rest of your life.
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