Types of Spinal Cord Injury
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on May 11, 2012
A serious spinal cord injury can severely - and permanently - compromise a persons quality of life. Aside from the devastating physical consequences of such an injury, the victim will almost certainly face overwhelming financial burdens, including a lifetime of medical expenses, potential lost wages, and caretaking costs.Spinal cord injuries are particularly frustrating when they could have been prevented if not for the negligent or deliberately wrongful actions of another party.
If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else's careless or reckless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for current and future losses related to your injury. At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Salt Lake City, our spinal cord injury attorneys can help you pursue the monetary damages to which you are entitled while making sure that the negligent party is made to answer for his, her, or their actions. Life is hard enough in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury; victims shouldn't have to worry about expenses that they had no part in creating.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
The most common type of spinal cord injury is the incomplete spinal cord injury. Victims of such injuries may eventually recover some movement or some feeling at and below the point of the injury; however, they will always suffer from some impairment of the region. Such injuries may occur as a result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, an accident while participating in a sport, or an on-the-job accident such as those that often occur on construction sites. If you suffered such an injury while in the care of a surgeon or other medical professional, our Salt Lake City medical malpractice attorneys can file a claim against that professional.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Complete spinal cord injuries are more severe than incomplete spinal cord injuries, resulting in a complete loss of sensation and movement at and below the point of the injury. Paraplegia is the loss of sensation and movement in the lower body; paraplegics retain normal use of their arms and hands, but not of their legs, feet, bowel, bladder, and sexual organs. Tetraplegia involves loss of sensation and movement in the arms and hands, as well; some tetraplegics require the assistance of a ventilator even to breathe.
Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
In order to recover the full amount of damages to which you are entitled, it is important that you secure the services of an experienced attorney who can identify and prove both current and future losses and expenses. Our Salt Lake City catastrophic injury attorneys will build the strongest case possible on your behalf, aggressively pursuing the maximum damages allowable under the law. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, the cost of a self-propelled wheelchair, pain and suffering, lost wages, and losses and expenses that can be reasonably projected into the future. If the party responsible for your injury acted with egregious negligence, you may also be able to recover punitive damages, or damages beyond your demonstrable losses and expenses that are awarded primarily to punish the defendant for his or her wrongful actions.
Contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC Today
If you or a member of your family suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by someone elses negligence, please contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC today for an evaluation of your case.
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