Any damage to the spinal cord can have a catastrophic effect on a victim’s life. Our central nervous system is unique in that the cells responsible for its functioning cannot regenerate when they are hurt and dying. That means both the brain and spinal cord, when injured, have no way of healing.
A patient’s best hope is to be able to re-wire surrounding cells to take on the function of those that were damaged. However, even for those who experience some level of recovery after damage to the spinal cord, returning to a pre-injury state is rarely possible. This means these patients may lose the ability to do things like work, drive, or enjoy their favorite hobbies and pastimes.
If these things were taken from you because of someone else’s negligence, our team is here to help you file for compensation. Peterson & Associates, P.C. has been fighting for injury victims for over 25 years, helping thousands of clients find justice after life-changing accidents. We want to know what we can do for you.
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Any time you suffer an injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you are eligible to recover damages from that person. Spinal cord injuries may be caused by:
Workplace accidents, malfunctioning products, and other traumatic impacts can also damage the spinal cord.
Anyone who has suffered one of these injuries should strongly consider making a claim for compensation. Medical bills alone can climb into the hundreds of thousands for patients with spinal cord damage. This is not to mention the multiple other challenges and interruptions you will find yourself facing. Every one of these losses can be addressed in an injury claim.
When the spinal cord is damaged, its ability to relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body is impaired, resulting in paralysis. This injury can be:
The severity of a patient’s paralysis depends on the nature of the injury. If the spinal cord is severed or the trauma has affected its entire width, complete paralysis is inevitable. When the injury does not affect the width of the spinal cord, a patient may retain partial control of the muscles below the damage.
Spinal cord injury may lead to a diagnosis of:
Paralysis is characterized by a loss of muscle control, which means patients with this condition cannot move voluntarily. However, this is only one of the concerns and challenges this condition brings. Damage to the spinal cord also interrupts the functioning of subconscious or automatic reactions. While we do not have to think about things like breathing rhythm or the way our esophagus muscles help us swallow food, the brain does direct these functions.
Spinal cord injury can lead to difficulties with:
Aside from the practical difficulties of staying healthy when the body cannot self-regulate, these issues can also make it difficult for a patient to feel confident leaving the house and interacting with others. They can lead to depression and other mental health challenges. In worst-case scenarios, patients may develop chronic pain, autonomic dysfunction, or life-threatening respiratory and heart problems.
The breadth of losses and challenges related to a spinal cord injury is massive, and those who were hurt in this way because of someone else’s actions deserve assistance dealing with the consequences. However, receiving fair compensation for your injury is not always easy, even though the law is on your side.
Though an insurance company may be legally bound to pay for your losses if you were injured by one of its clients, you may not receive a fair settlement offer. Because insurance adjusters want to save their company money by decreasing the amount it owes claimants, they are incentivized to understate the losses linked to an injury. They probably won’t tell you that calculating the damages associated with a spinal cord injury goes far beyond looking at your medical bills. You could be able to request compensation for losses including:
To help identify the many ways your life may change after a spinal cord injury, we work with medical and life care professionals who have helped other people like you. Often, after consulting with experts, our clients learn their settlement is worth much more than they imagined—and much more than the insurance company offered them.
Filing an insurance claim can be a complex and frustrating experience even when you aren’t dealing with a life-changing injury. Unfortunately, some insurance adjusters will try to give claimants the run-around so they, frustrated and tired, agree to settlements that are lower than what they deserve.
When you have a professional on your side, you can be confident your needs will be handled with the utmost care. Additionally, we have experience negotiating insurance claims after serious accidents, something most people have never done before. Our team knows the methods insurance adjusters may use to attempt to underpay you—including trying to unfairly shift some of the blame for your injury to you—and we won’t stand for it.
If an insurance company refuses to make an acceptable settlement offer, our team is ready to take a case to court. We are dedicated to helping our clients maximize their compensation.
Our team has worked with thousands of injury victims, and that experience has given us a unique view into what you need during this time. That’s why we always focus first and foremost on making sure you have the support you need. We get to know our clients and their stories so we can build personalized strategies to achieve the results they are looking for. That’s the kind of service you just won’t get if you don’t work with a team that truly cares about helping others.
Spinal cord injuries may change your life forever, but recovering compensation can help you access quality treatment and care as well as providing a financial safety net for your future. Making a claim can therefore give you a sense of assurance you will be okay. If you are looking for legal help, or even just considering whether to bring a suit against the person or company that injured you, our team can answer your questions and help you determine your best next steps.
Reach out to Peterson & Associates, P.C. at (816) 298-8708 to schedule a free consultation. Our compassionate Kansas City lawyers have been serving injury victims for nearly 30 years.
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