Spinal Cord Injuries
At McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP, our personal injury attorneys understand the life-changing impact spinal cord injuries have on victims and their families. If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal injury due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you recover maximum compensation for medical expenses, ongoing long-term care, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury usually occurs when a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine fractures or dislocates vertebrae, causing damage to discs, ligaments, nerves and spinal cord tissue. Although some spinal cord injuries are minor and allow for a complete recovery, many others result in partial or complete paralysis.
Causes Of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are often caused by motor vehicle crashes and slip and fall accidents. Some additional causes of traumatic injury to the spine include:
- Gunshot wounds and other acts of violence
- Participating in sports such as football, diving and horseback riding
- Medical malpractice, including errors during neck or back surgery
Cost Of Treatment And Ongoing Care
Catastrophic back, neck and spinal injuries often cause severe, chronic pain and permanent health problems that require lifelong treatment and ongoing medical care. These types of injuries may affect a person’s motor skills and muscle strength and lead to paralysis and the inability to control bodily functions such as bladder & bowel movements, breathing and sexual performance. The cost of surgery, hospital stays, rehabilitation, physical therapy and other treatment for spinal injuries can reach into the millions of dollars.
Recovering Damages For Spinal Cord Injuries
It can be hard to put a number on the devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences of a spinal cord injury. Our personal injury attorneys are well-versed in accurately valuing spinal cord injury claims and will fight to ensure you receive adequate compensation to cover all of your medical expenses and protect your family’s financial future. Types of damages that may be recovered in a spinal cord injury case include:
- Past and future medical bills and the cost of continuing care
- Past and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Punitive damages
If your spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you must prove that the potentially liable party is responsible for your injuries. When a spinal cord injury is exacerbated or caused by a defective product such as a defective medical device or malfunctioning airbag, you may be entitled to compensation from the designer, manufacturer and seller of the product.
Our seasoned legal team has successfully handled these types of complex personal injury cases for more than 40 years. We thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and take care of negotiations with insurance companies so you and your family can concentrate on your health and well-being. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we aggressively litigate your case in court to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your damages.
Contact Our Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers
Our personal injury lawyers at McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP, serve clients throughout Alabama in Augusta, Elmore and Montgomery counties. Contact us online or call 334-262-1911 to schedule a free consultation today.