Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Philadelphia

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.  Car accidents can cause injuries that range from minor scratches and bruising to life-altering damage to the spinal cord, sometimes leading to paralysis. Spine and back injuries aren’t always immediately obvious, so one of the most important things you should do after a Philadelphia car accident is to visit a medical professional and schedule a follow-up appointment, even if you don’t feel like you are injured.

Because spine injuries are generally considered some of the most severe types of car accident injuries, it’s also important that you have an experienced Philadelphia spine injury lawyer to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses when someone else was at fault. Our attorneys can assist you throughout this process and ensure your settlement accounts for everything you’ve endured.

Identifying a Spine Injury
Limitations Caused by Spine Injuries After a Car Accident
Hiring a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

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.

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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.

Identifying a Spine Injury

Although you may not realize your spine has been injured right away, there are signs and symptoms that may indicate there is a problem. Some spine issues are minor, but others, such as paralysis, can change your entire life forever. Keep in mind that every portion of the spine plays a significant role in your life.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with spine injuries after a car accident include the following:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Tingling or numbness in the limbs
  • Inability to comfortably stand, sit, or lie down
  • Aching hips

Other signs that you might have a spine injury include pain while walking, limited mobility, and soreness in your neck and back. Even things like bruising on the back originally thought to be superficial can indicate a more serious injury.

Limitations Caused by Spine Injuries After a Car Accident

Undiagnosed spine injuries are frightening because if left untreated, the injury can worsen, possibly resulting in paralysis or herniated discs. Even performing simple daily activities can exacerbate an injury.

Even if you are technically able to move after your spine injury, you can expect limited mobility to be a necessary component of your recovery. Medication, physical therapy, and even surgery—sometimes taking place years after an accident—can all be part of the healing process. This means that you will likely face time off from work and lost income because of the accident.

Hiring a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Near You

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.

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.

Because spinal injuries can be so severe and affect your life for years to come, it’s important that you make sure the right person is held responsible and compensates you for what’s happened.

However, dealing with your injuries and the aftermath of the accident while simultaneously seeking compensation can make a stressful situation overwhelming. The capable attorneys of the Pearce Law Firm have the experience and determination to enable you to move forward. If you have been in a car accident that caused a spine injury, let us help you seek the justice you deserve.

If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in Philadelphia or anywhere near you 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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“Edith Pearce is a fierce and intelligent lawyer that isn’t afraid to take on the ‘big’ guys, be it a large corporation or the city of Philadelphia. She works hard to fight for your rights and get you just compensation. Having Edie on my side against the city of Philadelphia was like having a friend on my side and she wouldn’t take no for an answer when the city was determined not to settle. We went to trial and won. I was so happy to have Edie on my side and quite happy with the results.”

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