SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYERS SALT LAKE CITY
A spinal cord injury has a severe and lasting impact. If you suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia as a result of a spinal cord injury, the lawyers at our Salt Lake City firm can help ensure you are justly compensated for financial and non-financial losses stemming from your injury. Our personal injury group, led by Mr. Norm Younker, is dedicated to helping our clients, and we prepare every case for trial. Should you secure our services, you can trust that we will work diligently on your behalf; we never aim for a quick settlement, and we never accept anything less than maximum recovery. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury and now require expensive medical treatment and constant care, we can provide you with sound legal counsel so that you can explore your options and make an informed decision. To arrange a consultation with our spinal cord injury lawyers, please contact our Salt Lake City office today.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
As with traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury technically refers to spinal damage that results from trauma, and not a degenerative condition or disease. While an incomplete spinal cord injury may have no effect on the patient, a complete spinal cord injury can result in paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia), incontinence, and full loss of control over bodily functions. The degree of injury is highly dependent on the part of the spine that is injured. An injury to the cervical spine typically results in quadriplegia, or complete or partial paralysis in all four limbs. An injury to the thoracic spine may result in paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs. An injury to the bottom portion of the spine, or the lumbosacral or lumbar region, can cause decreased control in the limbs and of the bowels. Injury results from severing or damaging of the nervous system, and repair of the affected area is typically impossible.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Your spinal cord is made up of a string of nerves, running along the middle of your back and neck. It is used to send vital motor and sensory information between the brain and the rest of your body. As a particularly fragile part of the human anatomy, the spinal cord must be treated with extreme care to avoid further damage after an accident or trauma.
Injuries below the neck in the thoracic (chest) or lumbar (abdomen) areas can result in the inability to move both legs (paraplegia). Injuries to the cervical (neck) area can inhibit movement in both legs and arms (quadriplegia). The bowel and bladder can also be affected by these injuries, making a significant impact on the patient's capacity to perform daily activities.
Spinal Cord Injury and Malpractice
Spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of automobile accidents, injuries in contact sports, and during surgical procedures. If an injury to the spinal cord is not quickly recognized, diagnosed, and treated, the patient can suffer debilitating and permanent damage. In many of our spinal cord injury cases, we represent patients who went to the doctor complaining of numbness or tingling in their extremities, and the symptoms were incorrectly attributed to a less severe injury. If a CT scan or MRI of the spine is not ordered in a timely manner, issues such as bleeding, fractured vertebrae or ruptured discs can be completely missed. After patients return home, they may go days or weeks without proper treatment, often exacerbating the injury and increasing the risk of paralysis.
If you have suffered spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for both financial and non-financial losses. Though every case is unique, victims of spinal cord injury can typically recover damages for loss of wages, loss of future wages, inhibited earning capacity should the victim still be able to work, medical expenses, future medical expenses, future care costs, and pain and suffering. We work with economists and medical experts to accurately predict what these costs will be so that we can recover damages sufficient to provide for a lifetime of care costs. A spinal cord injury is a lifelong affliction and so your compensation should last a lifetime.
In order to successfully recover damages, the spinal cord injury lawyers from our Salt Lake City personal injury group must first establish liability. In order to determine fault, we work with experts in the fields of medicine, forensics, and accident reconstruction to analyze the contributing factors and determine cause. With a network of more than 1,000 expert witnesses throughout the country, Younker Hyde Macfarlane has the resources to take on any defendant and prepare any case for trial. Rest assured, we can establish liability and file a claim against the liable party to hold him or her accountable for your injuries.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can result from any trauma to the spine that causes lateral bending, dislocation, compression, hyper extension, or axial loading. Common causes of spinal cord injury include:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Recreational and sporting accidents
In some cases, the cause of the accident makes it easy to attribute fault - in the case of a violent act, for example. However, in some cases, such as those involving slip-and-fall accidents, determining fault may be more difficult. In a slip-and-fall accident, it must be shown that the premises contributed directly to your injury and the contributing factor could have or should have been prevented, both of which can make establishing fault more difficult.
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
We have helped numerous victims of spinal cord injury recover damages that help eliminate their financial burdens and bring about some semblance of comfort to their lives. Our personal injury group specializes in cases involving catastrophic injury and these cases account for most of the claims that we file on behalf of our clients. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, the lawyers at our Salt Lake City office can help. We serve clients from throughout Utah and surrounding areas.
They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.- Jill S.